Year 4 (Crispin) 2021 - 2022
Year 4 Class Teacher
Dear Parents, Guardians and Children,
Welcome back! After a lovely Christmas break we are ready to get started again with an action packed term ahead of us.
Below, I have outlined what we will be learning about during the spring term. Due to the turbulent couple of years that we have experienced, there may be changes to help fill in any gaps that we meet on our journey.
This term, we will be focusing on poems by Spike Milligan. The children will be using his wacky world to help them create their own nonsense poetry and they will be performing their poems to the class. We will also be spending time thinking about our fears and writing recounts of how we overcame them. As always, we will be spending time practicing spellings and working on handwriting and presentation.
We have a strong focus on reading in Crispin class and I expect the children to read at home for a minimum of 15 minutes, 5 times per week. Reading unlocks huge potential in children both in their understanding and writing capabilities. On top of home reading, we will be reading lots in school and the children will be able to enjoy our extensive classroom library as well as the whole school library.
During the spring term in maths, we will be working our way through multiplication, division, area, fractions and decimals. In the summer term, the children will sit a national times table test. We will be working on our times tables consistently throughout the year and it would be helpful for the children to continue this at home. Please make use of our fabulous online resources such as Sumdog and Times Tables Rockstars which I have linked below.
During the first half term, we will be looking at electricity. This is a fun unit for the children which involves creating circuits and testing materials to see whether or not they conduct electricity. After half term, we will be celebrating science week. This is a wonderful time for the children to engage in lots of different science experiments, allowing them to develop their 'working scientifically' skills including developing and answering questions, gatherting data and hypothesizing.
This term, we are looking a little closer to home in history with a focus on entertainment in the 20th Century. We will be looking at what people did for fun over the past 100 years including the development of football, black and white movies and the introduction of home televisions. After half term, we will be looking at mountains, including how they were formed, where they are and what benefits they have to travel and tourism.
As always, we will be spending time this year recapping and learning about internet safety and making sure that the children are confident in understanding what they can do to keep themselves safe online. Throughout the term, we will be looking at data logging and repetition in games using coding.
In Crispin class we are fortunate enough to be going swimming this year. As the children didn't attend swimming last year, we will be partaking in two blocks, one with Year 5 and one with Year 3. Swimming will be on Wednesday afternoons at Egham leisure centre in the Autumn and Summer terms. The children will need to bring:
- A separate waterproof bag
- One-piece swimming costume
- Swimming hat (children will not be allowed in the pool without one)
- Goggles (if the children want them)
- No jewellery
I personally recommend that children with long hair come to school with a plait/plaits on Wednesdays to help them put their swimming hat on. A letter/email with more information will be sent at the start of the school term.
Whilst we take a break from swimming, the children will have two PE lessons each week, one on a Monday and the other on Thursday. As a class, we regularly use the playground outside for movement breaks and I therefore recommend making sure that the children wear suitable school shoes to be outside running and playing. They need to wear a PE kit including a range of the following into school on PE days:
- Bottle green shorts
- Red Pippins t-shirt
- Socks (if children wear tights regularly)
- Black/Grey/Navy jogging bottoms
- Sweat band (if needed to cover a religious bracelet)
Please make sure that children are not wearing any jewellery on PE days apart from for religious reasons.
The children will receive their homework books on a Wednesday and they will be due back in the following Monday. Alongside their homework, the children will be bringing home spellings each week to practice, these can be found in their homework books.
I know it's going to be a brilliant term and I can't wait to get started. As always, if you have any problems or questions, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office to make an appointment.
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