9 Jan 2015

Year 4 Week 02 2015

Y4 learning about the structure and functions of teeth 
Welcome back!  We hope that you all had a wonderful Festive break.  It was lovely to see the children return to school, enthusiastic and keen for the term ahead.

In Literacy this week, we have been focussing on punctuation and grammar activities with lots of practical games and paired work to help the children to develop and extend their understanding in these areas.

This week in Maths, both groups have been reviewing the assessment papers that the children completed before the Christmas break.  This important process has allowed the children to see what went well for them and what their ‘next steps’ may be in their mathematical learning.

Our topic for this term is, ‘The Amazing Americas’!  We will be finding out about Native Americans, the Maya civilisation, the Aztecs and the Incas.  We have begun our unit focussing on the 7 continents of the world with North and South America being 2 of them. The children used atlases to identify the 7 continents of the world and explored the landscapes and climates of them.

We had a very exciting time in Music this week, as we have begun to learn how to play the guitar! The children worked hard in this first session and will soon be bringing home a guitar to practice the work completed in school.

Homework
  • RE – As part of our RE unit of work called ‘The Journey of Life and Death’, the children will be thinking about significant milestones in their life so far.  Children need to create a timeline of their life so far, showing significant milestones, (e.g. learning to crawl/walk/ride bike, first words, first day at school, etc.) – The children can present this information in any form they wish. (using photographs with captions, drawings, a storyboard, a story map, etc.)
  • Literacy – We have been revising how words are classed into 8 categories – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, connective/conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns and interjections.  The children have a poem to learn to help them remember what each of these are.
  • Maths – Please continue working on recalling times table facts with corresponding division facts.
  • Reading – Please listen to your child read at least 5 times a week and record any reading that they do in their journals.
Thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend! Mrs Pond-Barrett and Mrs Scannell