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Welcome back to Spring Term 2. Last day of term is Thursday 28th March for the Easter holidays and back to school on Monday 15th April.

Meerkats - Y4

 

We are the Marvellous Meerkats!

 

 

Our teachers are Miss Bacon (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs Ratcliffe (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Our wonderful teaching assistant is Miss Watson and Mr Campbell-Short is our learning support worker.

          

              

Geography

Our geography learning this term is based around our topic of 'East Midlands & Campania, Italy: what are the similarities and differences?'

We will be learning about the geography of our local area and the geography of Campania and comparing the two. We will also be recapping key geographical knowledge about maps and the features of the Earth such as the equator, lines of latitude and longtitude and time zones.

   

English

In our writing lessons, we are using the texts Escape To Pompeii by Christina Balit in the first half term. We will be writing an historical narrative. In the second half term, we will be using Koji's Island and Amazing Islands to help us write an adventure story.

 

  

Spellings

Spellings will be tested every Friday and will be accessed from the website Spelling Shed. In addition, all spellings will be sent home via a paper copy and Seesaw too.

Reading

In Reading lessons, we will be focusing on developing our reading skills and linking this with answering questions about a text. We will also be developing our inference skills - using clues to help us answer questions.

Maths

In the spring term, we will be continuing to learn about multiplication and division including using written methods. We will also be learning about fractions and decimals. As usual, we will continue to have a strong focus on times tables and mental maths!

Science

Our Science topics for the spring term are Human Impact where we will be looking at the environment and how humans have effected it. This will include litter, pollution and whether waste is biodegradable. 

 

In the second half term, we will be studying changes of state. We will be learning about solids, liquids and gases and how materials can change between the three states of matter.

 

   

Art

In our Art lessons, we will be learning all about the artist Sonia DeLaunay and the art she created. We will also be making our own versions of her paintings towards the end of the unit.

Design and Technology

Our DT work this term will be using electrical circuits to design and make a torch.

 

 

 

Computing

In Computing, we will be starting the autumn term by learning about Programming. We will be learning the commands needed to program and how to create and repeat patterns in shapes. We will be creating our own programme that uses the skills we have learnt.

In the second half term, we will be creating media in the form of a podcast. We will be learning to record sounds, edit our records and consider the different elements of a podcast to create our own.

RSHE

During our RSHE lessons, we will be exploring 'Rights and Responsibilities' and thinking about what these are. We will be looking the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child and the different roles and responsibilities within a family. In the second half term, we will be learning about 'Families and Committed Relationships' and thinking about different relationships we have with people in our lives.

RE

During our RE lessons, we will be exploring 'Spiritual Expression' where we will be looking at how Christians and other religions express their spirituality. This could be through music, prayer or art. We are hoping to have a visitor to support our learning in this!

Physical Education

Meerkats will have PE on a Tuesday with Express Coaching and on a Thursday with Lauren. Our PE will be inside for both sessions so indoor PE kit and sensible footwear is needed. We come to school in PE kits on Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure jewellery and earrings are removed for PE or provide tape for covering earrings.

Music

In our music lessons, we will be composing music in groups and looking at feelings through music. We also have our production of You Are Special at the end of the term so will be learning songs for that!

Homework

Weekly homework and spellings will always be on Seesaw. The homework activities will be uploaded on a Friday and they are to be completed for the following Friday. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings, complete their homework to the best of their ability and read at least three times a week in line with our home/school agreement.

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