Welcome to Sycamore Class!
Welcome back, I hope you have all had a lovely half term break and that you are ready for another 6 weeks of exciting learning ahead. Before the holidays we had our first meeting with our partner school - Radford Academy in Nottingham, where the children began to build new friendships (the identity boxes were amazing and really broke the ice, by providing a starting point for the children to communicate with each other) and learn about the different cultures within the school. We are really excited to find out what we will be doing next...watch this space.
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In our topic sessions we have a Design and Technology and Art focus for this half term. We will be creating picture frames by first exploring existing products, creating a design using key criteria, using tools to work with our materials, assembling our components and then evaluating our final product. We will also be using our Art skills to paint a picture to sit inside our frame. But, before that we have a mysterious 'wow' day planned, 'Dinner for 86',can you make any predictions from the clue?
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English will continue to be enhanced by our daily Active English lessons to secure the understanding of grammar in a unique, fun and extremely active way! We are lucky to have a visiting author coming into school to develop our writing skills, by organising some writing workshops for us to join in with.
During Maths we will continue to develop the skill of fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Not only will the children deepen their understanding of applying practical skills, but they will also have the capability to explain why. This half term we will focus on place value, measurement, addition and subtraction, fractions and position and direction.
Percy Parker is going to be singing this with us to help us, and remember that there is TT Rockstars too!
By the end of year 4, the children are expected able to know multiplication and division facts up to the 12 x tables.
Swimming will continue on a Tuesday afternoon until Easter.
It is important that children bring the correct swimwear, including a towel. Girls must wear an all in one swimming costume (tankinis and bikinis are not suitable) and boys must wear either fitted swimming trunks or shorts (boarding, loose fitted shorts are not permitted). In addition,due to safety reasons, if the children have their ears pierced they need to be responsible for being able to independently remove them please, and children with long hair must have it tied back (this includes long fringes to be clipped back out of eyes).
If you would like your child to wear swimming goggles, then a signed permission slip is required. These can be collected from school reception.
The children willl continue to learn French as their Modern Foreign Language, with an emphasis on clear and accurate translation and pronunciation by applying French phonics.
Homework will be set on a Friday and should be returned on the following Friday, so we can share our amazing talents with each other. The children are trying hard to achieve their 30 points to gain a well deserved award for their home learning.
Weekly spellings will be set after the children have been taught the spelling pattern and ways in which to apply them. It is important that the children are able to apply them in the context of a sentence and not just remember them as a list. As always, your continued support in applying this is very much appreciated. These will be issued on a Monday and tested on Friday, remember if the children achieve between 8/10 spellings each week, then they will automatically earn homework points.
Children should read daily to a grown up, at home, for at least 10 minutes a day, please may I ask you to regularly sign their reading diary as evidence of this (reading 5 times a week will automatically earn the children homework points). As a class we are all striving to reach our 75 plus reads, so not only will the children be rewarded for their efforts, but the more reading material they are exposed to, will show an improvement in their use of language in developing their writing. Please remember your child should not only be reading the words on the page, they must be able to understand what they have read. Please encourage them to talk freely about their book and ask them lots of questions.
Dates for the Diary:
Monday 25th February- Return to School
Monday 25th February- Year 3/4 'Wow' day.
Tuesday 26th February- Author visit for Fir and Sycamore.
Monday 18th March- Year 3/4 School Trip- details to follow.
Monday 18th March- Parents Evening (3.45pm- 6.00pm)
Wednesday 20th March - Parents Evening (6.00pm - 8.00pm)
Friday 29th March - Science Report Write
Friday 5th April- Break up for Easter
Tuesday 23rd April- Return to School
Which will be the class of the week with the highest attendance?
We need to reach above 96%.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come in and talk to me.