24th April 2018
Dear Parents and carers,
Welcome to the new term in Snowy Owls. I hope everyone had a really enjoyable break. Below I have outlined the curriculum areas and corresponding topics which we will be covering over the next couple of terms.
Numeracy: Comparing and Ordering Numbers, Counting in Multiples, Mental Strategies for Multiplication and Division, Factor Pairs, Negative Numbers, Percentages, Rounding and Estimating, Converting Different Units of Measure, Solve Missing Number Problems.
Literacy: Text: The Evacuee
Book: The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes / The Evacuees by Carolyn Sloan
Diary Entry, Non-Chronological Report, Persuasive Writing
Science: Electricity / Light / Living Things and their Habitats
Computing: Research on the Battle of Britain, Purple Mash
History: World War II (The outbreak of War / Timeline with Major Events, The Armed Forces, Children at War Time, The London Blitz, Comparing Homes, Entertainment in War Time)
Geography: Mapping Skills (Locate areas targeted for attack and those used for evacuation, Locate cities and significant features)
Art: Cross-curricular projects linked to History topic
D&T: Cross-curricular projects linked to History topic – Pottery (Y4)
RE: Rites of Passage and Good Works (Judaism)
Prayer and Worship (Christianity)
French: The Natural World / Location, Travel & Shopping
PE: Striking and Fielding Games / Athletics
P.E lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. All PE kits must be left at school between Monday and Friday. Please ensure that children have a pair of trainers and that all their belongings are labelled. For safety reasons earrings must not be worn during the lesson and long hair must be tied back. If for any reason your child is unable to do P.E., please provide a written note to that effect, otherwise they will be expected to participate.
PHSE: Relationships / Changing Me
Water / Healthy Snack: The children are encouraged to drink and eat during the short indoor break mid morning. Accordingly, they should bring a labelled bottle of water into school, together with a small `healthy snack’, such as fruit.
Homework: Written homework will continue to be handed out on a weekly basis, this will be on Friday and should be completed and returned by the following Wednesday, so it can be marked in time for the next task. The children will always be clear as to what is expected of them. Parental support is necessary and I thank you in advance for this assistance.
Finally, it is extremely important that your child reads daily for ten to fifteen minutes. Reading should be recorded in their Reading Diaries and signed off by an adult. Reading Diaries must be kept in their school book bags, so that they can be regularly reviewed. By reading on a regular basis, the children will be exposed to a range of authors and genres, and this will help them to perform better in their own creative writing tasks. This is a certain way of helping to improve writing ability in conjunction with other techniques. If you are able to chat to your child about their reading and discuss its content, this will be of tremendous value in furthering their developing comprehension skills. Children will also regularly be heard read in school during our Guided Reading sessions.
If you have any questions about these issues or any other matter, please feel free to speak to me. Thank you for your co-operation.