Hello and welcome to Class 4! Our teacher is Miss Fallon and we are lucky enough to be supported by Mrs Perrie.
Our text focus this term is the famous book “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo. The children are so far fascinated by this text and it has been really lovely to hear them share stories of their own relatives during the War. Children will continue to have a weekly comprehension lesson and a Big Write session once a fortnight. This is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence.
The children will also be given weekly spellings, these will be handed out on Monday and tested on the Friday of that week. If your child is away when the spellings are handed out, please remind them to collect a copy upon their return to school.
Our reading targets for this term focus on deduction, inference and interpretation, which include making predictions, talking about characters and comparing settings. In writing, our focus is on improving our writing through using a variety of ways to start sentences, including fronted adverbials. We will also be working hard to improve our presentation and handwriting throughout the term and I am keen to hand out more pen licences.
Reading remains a priority and we would urge you to hear your child read as often as possible. I would like to stress that your child will be heard read in school on a weekly basis, but this will not necessarily be every day. Please make sure that you have time to discuss what you have read together, as this helps your child to understand their text.
In maths we will be focusing on place value, all four number operations, fractions and measures. The children will be using written and practical methods to embed this area of mathematics. As well as this we will be deepening our understanding of shape and data handling. We will continue to improve upon our recall of times tables and multiplication facts.
In our integrated work this term we will be studying WW1. This links with our reading for meaning text and the children have so far been studying maps from before 1914 and after. They have made excellent observations about the changes in country names and size so far. For the first half term, our art work will be linked to our science topic of Earth and Space. After half term, we will be designing and creating gingerbread houses and linking this with our maths work.
This term we will be swimming on a Tuesday and our other session will be outdoors on a Thursday. As the weather begins to get a little chilly, the children might need tracksuit bottoms or a warm fleece. Please make sure that all items are clearly named as children often get their PE kit muddled. Also, could you please ensure children have the correct P.E kit in school all week.
If you have any concerns or queries please come in and speak to me. The mornings can sometimes be a very busy time and it might not always be possible to discuss things but I am happy to see you after school. Wednesdays are best avoided as we have staff meetings.