Welcome to Class 4M –
Miss Mather’s Class
Spring Term 2018
Welcome back after our Christmas break. I hope you had a fantastic time and are ready to throw yourself into all we have to offer this term!
Our topic this term focuses on ‘Light and Sound’.
This term, we will be focusing on the text ‘The Dancing Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo. We are very much looking forward to getting stuck into this book, unpicking authorial devices and themes. ‘High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are the best of friends, beloved by the whole village – safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear… the story looks at many themes such as greed, jealousy and empathy and a significant amount of our writing will be based around this text during the term which will allow us to show our understanding. We will be producing narrative, newspaper reports, letters, explanations and opinion based writing. Additionally, we will continue to undertake weekly focused Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, linking our work closely to our core text where appropriate.
Reviews of ‘The Dancing Bear’ can be found at:
Maths is taught in differentiated sets across the year group and homework is set by maths teachers. This term, we will be covering multiplication and division, area, fractions and decimals. As ever, we continue our regular focus on the four operations (+, -, ÷ and x) during our ‘4 a Day’ questions. Our reasoning and problem solving skills will be continually reinforced too through our ‘Maths in Minutes’ daily activities. Please ensure that you continue to regularly practice your times tables – they are vitally important for fluency in all areas of mathematics. In year 4 the expectation is that all children will be able to recall all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of the year!
Reading and Planners
We expect everyone to read from their school reading book regularly – a minimum of three times per week. Also, please make sure that you update your planner when you have read. Any read you do at home must be signed by an adult. This includes personal texts such as non-fiction and magazines. Children are expected to record the amount of times they have read every Friday on our class Reading Chart.
We will spend some time at the end of each week reflecting on what you have achieved and setting a new target for the following week. Planners are to be signed by parents/carers also.
Parents/carers – In order to develop your child’s understanding of their reading, it is advised that children are asked questions about their book. In the back of their planners is a list of questions that you can ask your child in order to help develop their comprehension skills. If you require any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Year 4 children will initially have an English or Maths homework task set every week, usually on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday. Spellings and spelling homework will also be sent out and we expect children to write a sentence for each spelling so that we can ensure that they understand how to use the particular word that they are spelling. These will be tested on Fridays. Occasionally, children may be asked to complete a short activity relating to topic work or research a particular subject at home. In addition, we will send home a particular times table to learn each week which will be tested on Fridays.
It is very important that PE kits are in school every day. We are timetabled to have two PE lessons per week but, as you can appreciate, timetables have to be flexible so the days may change. If your child wears their PE kit to an after school club, please ensure that they bring it back in the following day. If for any reason they cannot partake in our PE lessons, they are required to bring in a note of explanation from home. Year 4 children will also be swimming this term – details to follow.
We would absolutely love to have parent/grandparent helpers for our reading If you can spare the occasional half hour, please do get in touch!
If you would like to know any other information, please do not hesitate to speak to me in the morning or at the end of the day, or alternatively call the school to arrange an appointment if you think our conversation needs to be a little longer since registers must be taken at 9am prompt.
Thank you for your cooperation with book bags – it is working well and has meant that our cloakroom areas are so much safer and tidier.
Year 4 will have a residential visit this year – we will notify you of details of this nearer the time.