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Year 4 China

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Welcome to China's class page!

Class teacher- Mrs Barnett

Teaching assistant- Mrs Emerton

Welcome back! We hope that you have had a lovely half term!

Our new topic this term is 'The Blue Abyss'. During this topic, we will be learning all about the oceans and wide variety of animals and plants that live there. We will focus on food chains and food webs, how different animals and plants rely on each other to survive, coral reefs and our impact on the ocean environments. To get our new topic off to a great start, we will be having a 'WOW day' where we will be designing and making our own sea creatures and talking to a real marine biologist through skype. In English, we will be writing a setting description and narrative story based on a short video clip from the film 'Shark Tale'. We will also be creating some poetry about the oceans, inspired by our drama workshops, and writing a letter from deep sea explorers in a submarine back to the surface world. In maths, we will be continuing our work on division and starting a new topic on measurement. We will be continuing to practise our times tables daily up to 12 x 12 and encourage the children to do so at home as well by using Times Tables Rockstars and Doodlemaths. In our theme lessons this half term, we will be learning all about food chains and food webs, different sea creatures, layers of the ocean, coral reefs and how humans are affecting the oceans. For specific information on about what the children will learn please see the knowledge organiser attatchment below. We will also be continuing our work on 'Scratch' (which can also be accessed from home through the Year 4 launchpad) for our computing lessons, to learn more about programming and algorithms. In our music lessons, we will be continuing to play the recorder, learning new notes to help us a wider range of familiar songs and nursery rhymes. 

Our whole school rules are:

1. Be ready

2. Be respectful

3. Be safe

PE

Our PE days this term are a MONDAY and FRIDAY. Normal PE lessons will be on a Monday so please make sure your child's PE kit is in school for these days. Swimming will continue to be every Friday afternoon of this term up until the Easter break. Please ensure that your child has a FULL swimming kit on these days including: a swimming costume/ trunks, a towel and a swimming hat. Children will not be allowed into the pool without a swimming hat. If you do not have one these can be purchased from the pool for £1 before the swimming session if you send it with the child. All jewellery needs to be removed before the children can enter the pool. 

Homework

Homework will be set for the children online each week on a Friday. The children have log ins in their reading records and we have gone through how they can access their homework online in class. Any questions please just ask.

In addition to this, the children will have weekly spellings, which we ask pupils to practise alongside doing their homework. Spellings will be tested and new spellings set on Fridays. Children will also be tested on their times tables daily and we ask that they learn these at home as much as possible!

Reading Books

Library books will be changed as often as possible in the classroom. Children can access Accelerated Reader tests at home and in school daily which they will need to pass to choose a new book in the classroom. They can also access these at home using their Year 4 launchpad.  

Dates for your diary

Parent's evening - Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March

Drama performance to parents (celebration of learning) - 24th March