Welcome back after what I hope was a lovely half-term break!
This half term, the children in Class 4 will continue to study World War Two. In particular, we will be learning about air-raids, blackouts and battles, as well as the impact of significance individuals, such as Winston Churchill and Anne Frank. In RE, Miss Parkin will be delivering sessions on Wednesday afternoons about Peace, making links to our whole-school Christian Value of Love and the up-coming festive season. In addition to this, the children will mark Armistice Day with activities to remember the fallen heroes from the local community.
In art, the children will be exploring the work of WWI and WWII war artist, Paul Nash, and using his work as inspiration for their own tonal pieces of art work reflect the themes of war and peace.
In science, the children will be learning about Light & Electricity. During this unit of work, the children will be building on prior knowledge by creating both parallel and series circuits, as well as showing how light travels, using straight line diagrams.
Class 4’s weekly PE sessions will continue to be led by Mr. Wathall on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Children will need to have their PE kits (in PE bags) in school on these days. We advise that they bring their kits in each Monday and take them home each Friday to be washed. Children may wish to bring appropriate PE footwear such as trainers in on their PE days only, especially if needed at home during the week.
In English this half term, the children will be reading an anthology of war poems and exploring the imagery within a range of poems by various poets. In addition to this, the children will also learn about the life of Anne Frank, through Josephine Poole’s version of the real-life events.
November marks the start of our new reading challenge, which means a fresh start for all Reading Award achievements. Rest assured, if your child is due an award from last half term, these will be given out this coming Friday.
How many reads can you record this half term?
In Maths this half term, we will be continuing to develop mental strategies and written methods for each of the four number operations, as well as deepening our understanding of fractions and decimals. All children have their TTRockstars details in their new reading diaries and are encouraged to practise their multiplication facts each week. There will continue to be incentives and rewards for children who improve their speediness and rock status – Who will be the first to achieve Rock Hero status?
Homework will be given out each Friday and will usually consist of one piece of English and one piece of Maths. Where appropriate, English homework may be linked to our topic work. Homework should be returned by the following Wednesday at the latest. In addition to this, the children will receive weekly spelling lists each Monday which they will be tested on each Friday.
*If you have yet to arrange a parents’ evening appointment (these appointments were scheduled for the last week of last half term), please contact me via Class Dojo as soon as possible to arrange a mutually convenient time - I look forward to hearing from you.
Finally, don’t hesitate to contact me on Class Dojo should you wish to discuss your child’s wellbeing or progress; I’m more than happy to help!
Miss K Wright