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Welcome back for Spring 2021!

 

 

Although some things were quite different this holiday, I hope that you had a restful Christmas break from school. I was so proud of the way that you all embraced the challenges of the autumn and I'm looking forward to seeing what you can achieve this term!

 

Our main topic this term is “Earth and Beyond” – a subject that has proved popular in previous years! With a big focus on geography and science, we will be exploring the water cycle, the solar system and the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon, amongst other aspects of the weather, climate change and coastal erosion.

In Design and Technology, we will investigate how to make a robotic hand and in PSHE the focus will be on “Dreams and Goals” as well as how to keep our bodies and minds healthy. Music lessons will have an anti-bullying theme, moving on to songs about supporting friends and family. Later on in the term, we will be creating a space themed patchwork collage.

Our English projects will be based on the work of Roald Dahl and creation stories. We will also look at explanation texts and poetry.  

Our goals for maths are to continue to build on our knowledge of place value, in order to use these skills when adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We will also cover measurement, including length, perimeter and area. As always, an important running focus will be on times table knowledge up to 12x12 – so make sure that you continue to practise, practise, practise! If you would like to find the time table songs from class, follow this link to the BBC “supermovers” website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks2-maths-collection/z7frpg8
Our focus for P.E this term is a mixture of dance and gymnastic skills, as well as game skills with Mr North. This term, our P.E slots are Wednesday afternoon (indoor) and Thursday morning (outdoor dependant on the weather). Please remember to come to school dressed ready for P.E. for these days. If you are unable to remove earrings yourself, please do not wear them to school on P.E days. Additionally, for those who opt for it, swimming sessions will be first thing Monday morning.

What should you bring to school?

  1. Your Reading Record with school reading book.
  2. A coat - especially now that it is winter.
  3. A healthy snack for break time.
  4. Labelled uniform - much easier to return to the owner!
  5. A positive attitude – ready to learn!

Please do not bring your own pencil cases and stationary. We will be using school equipment only.

 

Depending on the weather, suitable P.E. clothes include:

- plain white polo or t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls/trainers for indoors.

- additional hat, gloves, extra socks and dark coloured jumper and joggers (unbranded) for outdoors.

 

Homework

Homework will be given out each half term. Tasks can be completed and handed in, or alternatively all tasks can be handed in at the end of the half term.

 

Ongoing tasks include practising times tables and spellings, AND most importantly, reading each evening for at least 10 minutes. Each time you read, record it in your reading record books, and show me to be entered into our weekly Class 4 Reader Raffle!

 

Everything that you practise at home will help your learning in class! If you are unsure of any tasks or need some help, please do come and see me for explanations, examples and resources J I will be only too happy to do what I can to help.
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