We would like to welcome all the children back to St Martin’s as we start another exciting term.
Miss Denton and Mr Walker are our teachers and we have Mrs. Price and Miss. Jones who will be working with us. We are all very much looking forward to seeing what the new term has in store for us!
In English, we are incorporating Speaking and Listening into lessons where children are given opportunities to perform to their peers. We are continuing with our weekly comprehension activities building on the children’s skills and confidence in this area. Our Reading for Meaning book this term is “Matilda” by Roald Dahl – a firm favourite! We will be integrating this book into our English lessons.
In Maths, we are learning about place value, rounding numbers and recapping our basic numbers facts to name but a few things that we will be doing. We are still heavily focused on learning our times tables so please make sure you children are practicing at home with your children.
Our Science topics for the next two half terms are Sound and Electricity. This topic looks particularly at every day uses of electricity and safety. We will also be spending a lot of time working practically, as we create simple circuits using various configurations. We will also be looking at how sounds are made and how we hear them. We have no doubt that the children will be very interested in all the different areas that we will be covering!
Our Topic work allows us to explore ancient history as we focus on The Mayan Civilization. Within this topic we will be investigating who they were, how they lived and the lasting impact that they had. In geography we will be exploring North and South America and comparing it to where we live.
In our RE lessons we will be exploring these one key questions this term – Why do some people see life as a journey? These will allow the children to explore a variety of different religions and allow many opportunities for some in class debate – which is always great fun.
In PE this half term we will be covering Gymnastics and Football. Children will need to have their full PE kit in school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this half term. Each time a child has their full school uniform in school (Black shorts/Leggings, White Top and Trainers/Pumps) they gain a raffle ticket so they can be entered into a raffle at the end of each term to win a prize. If you have any problems sourcing a PE kit then please speak to your class teacher.
We have English and Maths homework handed out weekly on a Friday and this needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This includes: spellings, times tables and a task from maths and English. Parents should also be aware that children should be taking home their reading and reading record books daily. We would hope and expect that families take these opportunities to read and share books with their children. Please come and see us if any problems arise.
For the benefit of children, we are very keen to have open and positive relations between the school and families at home. Please don’t hesitate to come in and see us if you have any questions or concerns and we will always do our best to help.
With best wishes from the Year 4 Team!