Year 4: Spring Curriculum Letter
We hope you have had a fantastic break and welcome back. We are looking forward to a happy and successful term working with you and your children.
We are continuing to promote our 6 learning attitudes. They aim to make the children successful learners and develop skills that will help them learn throughout their lives. Please ask your children which one they think they have demonstrated throughout the week. These 6 qualities are: Readiness, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Reflectiveness, Responsibility and Risk Taking. In addition to this the children are learning about ‘character muscles’. They are being encouraged to exercise these muscles as ways to enhance their learning.
PE – Indoor and Outdoor
This terms PE is hockey. Your child will be required to bring a white t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and plimsolls/trainers every Monday so that the children have their kit in school all week. Please remove any jewellery from your child before they come into school on Monday. Even though PE is on Friday please send your child to school with sensible shoes for morning motivation.
We are pleased to see so many children looking smart in their school uniforms. Children need to wear a blue top, black or grey trousers/skirt and a white shirt/polo shirt – please avoid labels or badges other than Northfield!
Our behaviour strategy ‘It’s Good to be Green’ will continue. Teachers reward children with house points that are displayed in the classroom. When children reach various totals, badges are awarded and worn on a lanyard. Like last year, parents are invited to come and see their children get the badges in Friday morning assemblies. An invitation will be sent out when the children have earned their badges.
It is vital for your child’s education that they attend school regularly and promptly. If your child is absent please ring the school office to avoid us needing to telephone you as we now contact all parents if a child is not at registration. If you are planning a family holiday please make every effort to take this during school holidays. Please be aware that Leicester City Council will check attendance and may issue fines for unauthorised holidays. Please also remember to collect a holiday authorisation form for any holidays planned during term time.
We value your support and comments so do not hesitate to contact us if you have a concern. Send a note, talk to us on the playground or alternatively contact the office to arrange a meeting. Just a reminder that teaching begins at 8.50 so it is not possible to speak to any parent at this time unless it is urgent. We appreciate your continued co-operation.
In mathematics pupils will be learning to:
- Recognise and use common equivalent fractions
- Count up and down in hundredths
- Solve problems with involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities.
- Add and subtract fractions
- Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths.
- Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number and compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places.
- Solve simple measure and money problems.
- Estimate, compare and calculate different measure, including money in pounds and pence.
On a weekly basis children will have a times table test. If you would like to help your child at home, it would be really beneficial if you could practise mental maths strategies and times tables.
In English this term we are going to be using:
- The adventures of Robin Hood retold by Rob Lloyd Jones – performance of a play script.
- Oranges in No Man’s Land by Elizabeth Laird – discussion, recount.
- All English lessons will strive to include a variety of learning styles including drama, reading, grammar and comprehension practice.
Science: ‘Humans including animals’
This term we will be describing the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. They will be identifying the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions. They will also be constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
Science: ‘Living Things and their Environment’
Children will be able to recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. They will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
They will also recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
Please spend 10 minutes, as a minimum, reading with your child every day.’ Reading Logs ‘are expected to be completed, signed and brought in to school every day.
Pupils are expected to complete spelling, reading and maths homework and be handed in by the following Friday.
We also give out exciting ‘Grid homework’ for each new topic that will allow your child to be creative.
Maths Spotlight: Thursday 25th January 2018: 3.30 – 5:00 p.m.
Parents Evenings: Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2018
We look forward to a happy and productive term with you and your children.
Miss Taylor and Mr Odedra.