Welcome back! I hope that you have all had a super summer break and managed to create lots of fantastic memories together – the children have already been telling us all about them in the first couple of days!
The aim of this letter is to explain some important things to help us all through the upcoming academic year. Please note that lots of the information will is available on our school website: https://www.faber.staffs.sch.uk
A few important things for this upcoming term:
This coming term our Curriculum Vehicle will be ‘Digging into the Past, where children will experience life as an archaeologist. They will be learning about the famous Staffordshire Hoard and making their own treasured pieces using given material. The children will immerse themselves into Saxon life by ‘digging’ up their artefacts. Our final outcome will be to invite you, as parents and guardians, to learn and experience life as a Saxon Settler and finding out about our hoard.
In Maths, the autumn term will start with consolidating our understanding of number and place value. We will become experts at counting in tens and hundreds up to 1000 and comparing and ordering numbers. We will have lots of fun learning to use different equipment to represent numbers and mathematical concepts, to strengthen and deepen our understanding. Please keep encouraging your child to practise times tables at home – if the children know their times tables securely it helps them with their wider maths learning. Year 4 revises and secures all of the multiplication tables. The expectation is for instant (3 seconds or less) recall!
In English, we will start the term by using Helen Ward’s fantastic book ‘The Tin Forest’, imagining the thoughts and feelings of the different characters and putting on our detective hats to spot clues to help us make predictions about what will happen next. We will continue to work on our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our inference skills. Handwriting and spellings will still be an important part of our learning. We will also be focussing on vocabulary, grammar and how to make our descriptions exciting and effective to read.
In RE, we will be learning about some of the important stories from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament. We will also learn about the prayer life of Jesus as he grew up in the Jewish faith. Following on from this, we will look closely at some of the traditional prayers of the Church. As we move into Advent, we will be learning about the ancestors of Jesus, placing the coming of Jesus into an historical context.
Our Science units for this term will be ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ and ‘Electricity’. These lessons will be delivered by Ms Swinson.
During Art lessons, we will be learning about the work of Impressionists, focussing especially upon Monet. We will be experimenting with different techniques and media before designing and creating our own work.
- Please remember that PE kit should be in school every day – this will be left on children’s pegs. Our PE days for this term are Wednesday and Friday.
- Please ensure that your child is reading as much as possible, as this is especially important at this stage in their learning. This should be written in the child’s diary each night as these are checked each day by a member of staff.
- Please remember that, along with Class Dojo, diaries are a key form of communication between yourselves and us – if you wish to speak to us directly then please get in touch through the school office.
- Homework for Maths and English will be given out separately. Maths homework will be given out on a Wednesday to be handed in on a Monday and English homework will be given out on a Friday to be handed in on a Wednesday. Most homework will involve discussion and an explanation, as well as some optional ideas to complete as a family! We will also be setting an exciting practical project within the term!
- Reading should take place each day. Please record all reading in the new diaries.
- Snacks and Water Bottles – Children in Key Stage 2 are not supplied with free fruit. Children may bring in a piece of fruit from home. All children need to bring in a bottle of water to have available in class throughout the day.
May I take this opportunity to say how excited we are for the year ahead. As ever, if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to ask,
Miss Clewes and Miss Ridge