Term 1 in Class 4

Dear Parents and children,

Welcome to the first term in Class 4, here is an overview of what we will be learning about in the coming weeks.

English:

Our book for this term is ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. The book is set in the Second World War and concentrates on the experiences of two boys from the East End of London who are evacuated to the countryside. However, it is about so much more than just the war with themes ranging from friendship, trust and changing circumstances. I feel sure that everyone will enjoy reading it!

Children will have the chance to write newspaper articles based on the contents of the book and writing in role will be a focus too, including diary writing. We have already started to use the ‘Talk for Writing’ process and this will continue, using the underlying theme of the book to develop the children’s ability to write creatively from a familiar framework.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) will be taught at the start of each day. On Thursdays Mrs. Selby will do spelling tests and longer SPaG sessions with the class. Spelling is an area for development this year and we will all be working hard to improve this aspect of the curriculum.

Maths:

This term we will focus on place value to help the children to improve their grasp of number. This will establish a firm foundation on which to build for future progress in Maths.

The objectives for this term are:

  • count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000
  • find 1,000 more or less than a given number
  • count backwards through 0 to include negative numbers
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (1,000s, 100s, 10s, and 1s)
  • order and compare numbers beyond 1,000
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
  • round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000
  • solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
  • read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of 0 and place value

Please could parents and carers continue to work with the children on their times tables.

Science:

The children in class 4 seem curious about scientific matters. The first topic for this year is ‘Materials and their properties’ and we will be conducting our own experiments and making predictions about what might happen.

The main objectives for this topic are:

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

Humanities:

The topic for this term is World War 2. We will be combining historical study with geographical skills such as locating countries and working with maps.

We will be looking at living conditions during the war and considering what impact the war has had on our lives.

Many children have already mentioned family experiences of the war and have brought in books on the subject. If anyone has any relevant information about this fascinating period of our history, it would be great to see it in class.