Class 4. Mrs Davidson
Welcome to Year 4 and 5 where we love to learn
In our class we have our Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Davidson and our fabulous Teaching Assistant Mrs Brown!
Autumn term revolves around firmly embedding the skills we have learned so far and developing our stamina and perseverance in all tasks that we take on.
English: We are basing our shared reading and writing on a humorous text: ‘I’m Telling You They’re Aliens!’ by Jeremy Strong. Our exploration of this delightful text involves some lovely work on visualisation and discussing how the author has crafted the story; drama activities and children recognising and using specific vocabulary for effect. We are also working on some extended pieces of writing such as – story writing ‘in role’ as a character; and researching information in order to create our own non-fiction ‘explanation’ writing linked to our science topic.
Maths: We are working on our understanding of place value and the four calculation methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This is followed by exploring ‘measurement, (length & perimeter)’. We are enjoying practising our ‘Rock Star’ tables; trying to improve our speed with our times tables. It is our aim to become more proficient / fluent at applying our maths skills in problem solving and mathematical reasoning.
Science: This term as we are studying ‘Living things & their Habitats.’ This will be followed by designing our own investigations into how sound travels.
History: We are studying the Ancient Greeks: we will discover the lasting influence of the Ancient Greeks on the western world. Investigate the timeline and four main periods of the Greek Empire. We will about their design, research lifestyle and clothing, and study key Ancient Greek buildings.
Art: We will learn about the great art of the Ancient Greeks through the details on the Parthenon Marbles, learn techniques to help draw figures of people and animals as realistically as possible, and use the Marbles as inspiration for creating our own drawings, paintings, and sculpture.
Don’t forget that we are able to access Lexiacore5, RM Easi-maths and Active-learn maths at home. Get logging onto those laptops and iPads…
Spellings: Spelling rules are taught on a Tuesday, when we are given words which follow a particular rule, alongside some common exception words. Our test (using different words from that spelling pattern) will be on the following Tuesday. Our spellings are becoming much more complex so they must be practised even more often at home.
Reading: We are continuing to develop ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme, whereby children take Reading Practice quizzes – which asks questions that measure their comprehension of a book. Children are encouraged to take these levelled reading books home and to read for a minimum of ten minutes every day. We have a dedicated ‘Guided reading’ session in class each day and whenever possible we have individual ‘one-to-one’ readers – but children do need much more. Working both at home and in school will help your child improve his/her reading skills immensely. Thank you in advance for all your support at home.
Water Bottles: Remember to bring your water bottles to school. All the hard work makes us thirsty and we need to stay hydrated.
We offer a morning snack of each day – for only £1.00 a week. Please send money in to Mrs Brown. Funds raised from this are used to buy extra resources for our class.
Finally, Mrs Davidson has an open-door policy – so if you have any questions or concerns please contact her to discuss them.