12 February 2014
I thought that you would like to know what your child will be studying over the next half term. I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you can help support your child’s studies.
English – This half term we will be linking our English work with our rainforest project. We will be focusing on producing persuasive writing such as posters, leaflets and advertisements.
Maths – Over the course of the half term the pupils will be reading simple time tables, measuring area and perimeter and constructing and interpreting bar graphs. The pupils will be introduced to the decimal form of 1/2 and 1/10. The pupils will continue to regularly use formal methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Science – Next half term pupils will investigate friction, air resistance & water resistance. They will be carrying out investigations using ramps and wooden blocks, mini parachutes & making boats to hone their scientific enquiry skills.
Art – Pupils will be learning how to use printing techniques to create a large vibrant rainforest scene on cloth this half term.
French – Y4 pupils will continue their work learning about the family. They will learn how to describe themselves, other people in their family and then they will talk about their hobbies.
Games – Boys in year 4 will continue with football until Easter. The skills that will be taught are first touch control, accurate passing and moving into good positions to receive a pass. Girls will continue to develop their skills in netball and hockey.
Geography – Pupils are continuing their study of the rainforests. They will be considering how the rainforests are under threat and how this has a dramatic effect on the existence of humans, plants and animals that live there and also the wider world.
History – Pupils will be completing our study of the Tudor period focusing upon life at sea. We will find out about Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose and what everyday life was like for a sailor in Tudor times. We will also be considering why Tudor explorers were keen to sail to the New World and the dangers they encountered on their journeys. We will conclude our study of Tudor England by visiting Barley Hall in York on March 24th. I will send out further details about this trip nearer the time.
ICT – Pupils will be planning, producing and editing their own information page about the different animals that can be found in the layers of the rainforest.
Music – Pupils will further develop their note reading while playing short melodies on keyboards. They will listen to the sounds of higher pitched orchestral instruments. Songs from ‘Resurrection Rock’ and from two Disney films are being prepared for a concert at the end of Spring Term.
RS – This half term pupils will be studying the Christian traditions celebrated and remembered during Lent and Easter.
The pupils will also have the Easter Egg competition to look forward to which will take place on Monday 31st March. (I will send out a separate letter for this). I do hope that you find this information useful so that you can support your child in their studies. If you have any questions please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss T White
Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator