12 September 2014
Welcome back to another busy and exciting school year. It is wonderful to see how well the children are settling into year 4 and are quickly adapting to life in the main school. The autumn term is always a busy term and we have many exciting events planned. I also thought that you would like to know what your child will be studying over the next term. I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you can help support your child’s studies.
English – This term pupils will be reading ‘The Worst Witch’ by Gillian Murphy. The book will provide the stimulus for creative writing and for drama activities. Regular exercises will be taught to improve the pupil’s spelling ability and to encourage the use of accurate punctuation. We will be writing explanatory texts explaining why and how the weather occurs and writing and performing poetry linked to the topic of weather. Finally on 13th November Andrea Flynn from Enter CIC will be working with our pupils developing their ability to recite and perform poetry to an audience. There will be no additional charge for this activity.
Maths – Over the course of this term pupils will consolidate their understanding of place value up to 5 digits, practise formal methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division up to 3 or 4 digits. They will study 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and finally consolidate their understanding of the times table.
Science – This term pupils will be learning how humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. Also Dr Pam White, Dr Hardy and Dr Donkin from the Durham University Outreach Scheme will be working with our pupils on Monday 22nd September. During the workshop session the pupils will be learning about the musculoskeletal system using some arm ‘bones’ to add play doh muscles to. This will be followed by a study of sound, identifying how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
Art – This term pupils will be examining four different examples of art and techniques, pointillism, pop art, fauvism and impressionism. Pupils will be using these techniques to produce portraits including self portraits. Pupils will also use Tudor portraits as a stimulus for their work.
French – Pupils will revise simple greetings, introductions, instructions and numbers up to 20. They will learn about special occasions and celebrations and to talk about what they do well. They will also learn how to ask questions; use possessive adjectives; express preference and praise; ask permission; use the je form of regular -er verbs.
Games – Boys
During this term, a range of sporting activities will be covered. In the major team games such as football and rugby, the emphasis will be on developing basic skills and increasing the understanding of match play. In swimming, pupils will work on techniques and their individual performances will be recorded and monitored. During single P.E. lessons, pupils will be involved in smaller units of work involving indoor hockey and health related fitness.
Games – Girls
During this term, a range of sporting activities will be covered. In the major team games such as netball and hockey, the emphasis will be on developing basic skills and increasing the understanding of match play. In swimming, pupils will work on techniques and their individual performances will be recorded and monitored. During single P.E. lessons, pupils will be involved in smaller units of work involving indoor hockey and health related fitness.
Geography- Pupils will be studying about the weather this term. They will find out about the different climatic zones around the world and how and why different types of weather occur.
History – This term pupils will be finding out about Henry VIII and his six wives. Pupils will investigate why Henry VIII needed to marry six times and what happened in his marriages. Pupils will enjoy a visit from Mistress Johnson on November 19th who will explain what everyday life was like in Tudor times. In this workshop the children will have the opportunity to handle artefacts and even to dress up as young Tudor girl or boy. There will be no additional charge for this activity.
ICT – We will begin this term by reminding pupils of the importance of e-safety so that pupils are aware of the need to develop a set of online protocols to stay safe on line. We will use the VLE to support work across the curriculum. Finally pupils will collect different types of data from the weather and use spreadsheets to create charts.
Music – Pupils develop their knowledge of pitch and rhythm, using keyboards to play short melodies with or without accompaniments. They sing songs in unison and some that can be combined with each other. Pupils listen to families of orchestral instruments used in Handel’s ‘Fireworks Music’. They learn to compose using a limited range of pitch and rhythmic values. Some lesson time is given to learning music for the Christmas concert and service.
PSHE – This term pupils will be discussing their feelings and in particular considering what makes them feel angry and how to calm down. Pupils will also learn how to cope with change and to be organised at school.
RS – This term pupils will be finding out about inspirational people in today’s world. We will be examining what we can learn from great leaders and inspiring examples in today’s world.
I do hope that you find this information useful so that you can support your child in their learning. If you have any questions or queries please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss T White
Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator