Welcome to Mrs Foster's Year 4 Class Page
Spring Term 2019
Welcome back to term 3. This term promises to be a fun packed and busy time.
We are all looking forward to continuing with our learning and working on this terms theme of aspirations. Class Assemblies also start this term where we will be inviting parents in to share our learning.
This term, we will be continuing to encourage the children to read with the whole school reading incentive. If your child reads four times a week at home, and this is recorded in their reading record with an adult's signature, then they will be in with a chance of winning a book. This term our focus autor is Enid Blyton and the books up for grabs are from The Magic Faraway Tree Collection.
Many thanks for your continued support.
This term we are going to be developing our skills as artists through the work of Vincent Van Gough. We be using pencils and charcoal to learn about shading techniques and how to create tone and texture in our work. In computing, we will be building on our coding skills, programing response to create AI bots, furthermore during this term is Internet Safety day - have a look at the links below.
This term we will be developing our writing skills, through fantasy story writing. We be using a range of poplar fantasy stories, including Harry Potter and the Lego movie, to explore fantasy settings and to write our own stories. While we will be learning new grammar and writing techniques, it is vitally important that we continue to focus on handwriting and presentation – A massive well done to those children who have already got their Pen Licence!
We will focus this term on equivalent fractions and decimals. The children will learn to recognise and represent families of common equivalent fractions, then move into tenths and hundredths to be able to order, compare and round decimals. As all pupils are required to know their multiplication facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4, we will continue to work hard to learn these facts. As a school we use TTRS and we will be celebrating the children’s success in class – please practise at home – as this is the key to knowing these facts inside and out. It is truly amazing how much easier the children find maths when these key facts are learnt.
PS – Parents – Don’t be afraid – you too can learn these facts with your children!
Homework will be set each week on a Tuesday ( to be handed in on the following Monday) and will mostly consist of an English or Maths activity lasting no longer than about 20 minutes, in addition to reading, spelling practice and numberwork on most days. Once or twice a term, we will also embrace opportunities to set more creative homework tasks – so get your glue and paint at the ready!
Please read – Every day!
While I would love all children to read daily - what is most important is that children develop a love of reading and choose to read for pleasure, as a school we encourage children to read for 10-20 minutes on most days. We continue to use AR and I would like pupils to aim to take at least one book quiz per week. Please come and have a chat if you have any questions linked to the AR scheme or would like to know ways to engage your child with reading at home.
We will be learning spellings daily in school with a test once a week on a Friday. These words will be linked to the year 4 spelling patterns as well as the year 3/4 NC required word lists. See links below.
We will have PE twice a week on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that PE kit is in school at the start of each term. This term, the children will also be swimming every day for 3 weeks in order to develop key techniques and life saving skills.