Hello and welcome to Fir Class.
Welcome back, I hope you have all had a lovely Easter and not feeling the effects of eating too much chocolate! Before the holidays we had our second meeting with Radford Academy, where the children were able to deepen their new friendships. It was a joy to host Radford, and 'show off' our school and how proud we are to be part of Bishop Alexander (the 'mini' football match was a great success). We were also lucky to be able to explore and explain the amazing facts about Newark during the Civil War and what makes us special. The children were thrilled to be able to enjoy their picnic lunch in the castle grounds, especially as the unpredictable weather was on our side that day. It is fair to say that fun was had by all. We can't wait to find out what we will be doing next...watch this space.
Our topic this half term is 'When Shall We Party?' and is history and music based. We will begin by learning about great composers from history and up to the present day. We will learn about the work of the film composer, John Williams, and the features of his music. Then we will spend some time creating our own compositions, which we will perform at the end of the half term.
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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 will be focusing understanding how song lyrics are often a form of poetry and the children will investigate this theory and write their own poem in the form of a song. Also we will be learning about diary entries, why people write diaries? What is there purpose? The children will be able to create their own diary which they will be able to take it home and continue to use.
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.
PE will be on a Tuesday afternnon and this will replace swimming. Please could all children bring their indoor and outdoor kit into school on a Monday morning? They will then be able to take them home on Friday to be washed ready for the following week.
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:
Tuesday 23rd April- Return to School.
Wednesday 24th April- 'Wow' topic morning.
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 don't hesitate to come in and talk to me.
As always in Fir class, this half term is going to be Totally Awesome !