Dazzling Diamonds


Autumn Term 1 2019 Newsletter

Dazzling Diamonds Newsletter – Autumn Term 1 2019

A very warm welcome back to school after the summer holidays. I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and all the children are refreshed and well rested ready for the learning challenges ahead in year 4!!

As you can see from the title, we have chosen to be called Dazzling Diamonds for this academic year. Dazzling : Adjective “extremely impressive, beautiful, or skilful” Traits from the Oxford English Dictionary we all felt matched our class!!

This half term our topic will be Awesome Egyptians. We will learn all about The Egyptian civilization, the significance of the Pyramids, Egyptian Gods, and the mummification process. We will share what we have learnt in our topic in our special museum with parents during the last week of term. In English we will be writing a newspaper report based on Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutankhamun and writing a time slip story linked to this discovery. Our maths lessons will focus on place value. As always please keep on regularly practicing your times tables. They really do make a difference to all maths work that is done in class.

In RE we are learning about the significance and importance of sacred spaces. We will be comparing places of worship and hope to take part in a school trip to a Sikh Gurdwara in Derby, towards the end of the half term. This will be confirmed shortly.

PE kit

Our PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days.

Targets:

Reading:

  • Reading books at an age appropriate level (within the year 4 Lexile Range)
  • Asking questions of a non fiction text to improve understanding
  • Explaining and justifying understanding of the text using the PE prompt ( Point and Explain)
  • To record information from a range of non-fiction texts
  • Scan for dates, numbers and names.

Science:

  • I can group materials based on their state of matter ( solid, liquid, gas)
  • I can describe and explain how some materials can change state
  • I can describe the water cycle
  • I can explain the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle. 

Homework

Your child will continue to receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.

Date Homework is sent home

 

Friday 6th September

To learn the 6 x table

 

Friday 13th September

 

Maths – Homework sheet or book:   Place value

 

Friday 20th September

English Reading Comprehension Books

Maths – Mathletics ( online)

 

Friday 27th September

 

Maths – Homework book or homework sheet

Friday 4th October

 

English writing homework : Newspaper report

Maths – Mathletics online

 

Friday 11th October

 

Maths Homework book or Homework sheet

Friday 18th October

 

English reading Comprehension Book

 

Friday 25th October

 

Topic Homework

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday. Children can take their books home so that you can see their results, but they must have their book back in school every Monday. Please continue to learn and practice the spellings from the Y3 and Y4 word list.

Times tables will be tested every Monday morning. Children will be learning a selected times table during our weekly maths lesson. The aim is for all children to know their times tables up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. Any short practice, at any time will help your child to know all their facts for quick recall. For the first half term I will test the children using the Daily 10 Top marks website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10. It will be set at level 4 and we will start on a 7 second interval for each question. This can be practiced at home at any time.

Dates for the diary

Thursday 10th October 3:45 – 5:00 y3/4 Mega Fest at Heritage School

Monday 14th October INSET day school closed

Tuesday 22nd October Y3/Y4 school rip to Sikh Gurdwara in Derby – this is to be confirmed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything I can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind regards Mr Fidler

(Class teacher Year 4)