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Little Dewchurch Primary School

Class 4

Hello and welcome to Class Four's page! 

It's officially nearly Spring and we have an exciting and fun-filled term ahead of us. Here is what we have in store: 

English

Our English learning will be based around the book The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell. Set in Papua New Guinea, it tells the tale of Blue Wing, a young girl who moves in with Siringen, a gentle village elder who becomes her waspapi, or guardian following the death of her parents.  She is desperate to become a shark caller. It is a tale of friendship, bravery, guilt and grief, immersing the reader in Papua New Guinean culture and language throughout. The book will be used to inspire writing of a range of text-types this term including narratives, setting descriptions, information texts and persuasive writing. The children will also be competing in teams in our daily reading for meaning sessions (changed weekly) answering a range of comprehension questions linked to the key reading domains.

Maths

This term our focus will be on securing all of the Key Stage Two fraction objectives. The children will also be calculating angles and finding the areas of triangles and parallelograms. In the lead up to the SATs, I like to also cover a variety of mixed problems so the children are able to revise and practice previously taught skills and objectives simultaneously. This term we will also cover drawing triangles as well as interpreting and drawing pie charts. Please continue to allow your child/ren to access their TTRockstars account to help them maintain quick and fluent recall of all of the multiplication and division facts.

The wider curriculum: 

 

                                                                                 

 

In the first half term, we will finish off our Vikings topic before moving onto Ancient Greece in February. The children will: explore the religious beliefs of the Ancient Greek people; create Greek theatre masks using MODROC; design and create a savoury snack worthy of the Gods using Mediterranean ingredients; explore and interpret ancient Greek artefacts and architecture, and study the influential lives of some key individuals including Alexander the Great and Aristotle.

In science, we will be learning about the life cycles of plants, amphibians, mammals, insects and birds. We will explore the life cycles of local species (such as the common frog) alongside some the animals native to Papua New Guinea including the national animal of the island - the dugong. The children will also be dissecting flowers, and completing experiments on vegetative propagation. Will we be able to clone new plants from the cuttings of parent plants?

Creative opportunities will be plentiful this term. Musically, the children will practise group performances on the ukuleles as well as note writing and composition with Pete on Monday afternoons. We will also be singing regularly in order to prepare for our Young Voices concert, which is due to be re-scheduled for early in the Summer term.

If you have any questions, please ring the school or pop in for a chat. 

Miss Blankley and all of Class 4 :)