This term’s topic ‘Passport to Europe’ is all about journeys, travelling and going to exciting places. Initially in our English studies, we will be exploring the fiction text Gulliver’s Travels. The children will start by imagining that they are on a magic carpet, and will write about the wonderful places this takes them to. We will then delve the into class text and examine the characterisation, development of settings, and the techniques used to create tension, atmosphere and drama in a story. The children will be challenged to find unknown vocabulary and use this in their writing. They will finish this topic by writing their own adventure story.
The next writing genre will be non-chronological reports. Using library loan books, websites, clips and other information sources, we will be adding to the information learnt in geography, by researching further into the human and physical aspects of the Loire Valley. By doing this the children will be refining their skills at extracting the important information from a text. The children will use various writing formats to present their information. They will pull this all together by producing a non-chronological report in the form of a leaflet advertising the Loire Valley. This will further embed the persuasive writing techniques that they learnt last term.
Our focus on independent comprehension will continue, starting by analysing and evaluating texts looking at language, structure and presentation of a text and how these contribute to meaning. On Mondays, all children will be tested on their spelling lists, which, for those on their year 3 &4 spelling lists will remain the same. Those who have completed these lists will continue with the spelling booklets which seek to consolidate the year 4 spelling rules currently taught in class spelling lessons.
The main focus in spelling and grammar work will be on homophones and apostrophes. However, further work on prefixes and suffixes will be taking place. Additional grammar topics will be fronted adverbials, statements into questions, adverbs and prepositions. An assessed write will take place twice this half term
Children will do mental maths warm ups each day as well as revising previous topics. The focus this term will be on problem solving. Children will extend their learning by revising the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction and applying this knowledge to problems. We will revisit multiplication and then children will be taught the formal method of short division. Again, further work on children’s application skills will take place as they solve problems. Our place value work will involve revising basic place value skills and then tackling missing number calculations and other questions where the numbers are not presented in a straight forward way. We will revisit shape, ensuring that the children are able to identify horizontal and vertical lines and identify acute and obtuse angles, comparing and ordering them in size. We will finish the half term by looking at lines of symmetry in 2D shapes when the shapes are presented in different orientations. In addition we will use a variety of sorting methods to categorise them.
We will be taking a ‘journey’ to France, where we will be immersing ourselves in the human and physical geography of the Loire valley region. Understanding something of the French culture will be integral to our topic, as will some mention of the rich history of the multiple castles that adorn the river. Using different types of maps, we will be studying physical features such as rivers, vegetation, climate, and the terrain. We will progress from this onto the human aspects such as land-use, settlements, and of course, the tourism of the area. Finally, drawing on some of the work we did about Barton in the Summer term, we will compare and contrast the Loire Valley to Barton!
The children will be drawing still life pictures and then bringing them to life by making 3D models. To do this, they will be learning the art of sculpture and trying out tools and techniques to create texture.
The events of Easter week will be brought to life we dig deeply into the web of betrayal and forgiveness as Jesus was crucified on the cross. The reasons behind Judas’ and Peter’s actions will be under the spot light as we question what it means to trust and how it feels to be betrayed or let down by someone whom you trust. We will think about how Jesus trusted his disciples, but when Peter let him down, he still forgave him and trusted him to start the first church. We will think about the power of forgiveness and how this is essential for trust to be restored We will apply this to our lives and think about why it’s important that we forgive each other rather than hold grudges!. The children will think about Jesus paying the ultimate sacrifice so that everyone can be forgiven. We will extend the topic further by looking at modern day people such as Corrie Ten Boom who have forgiven other people despite having terrible things done to them.
With our topic being on France, this will be an ideal opportunity to think about the culture of the French nation. We will be developing our language skills by focussing on the weather in different towns in France. By the end of this half term, the children will have produced a weather forecast which they will film.
E-saftey will be the main focus in our IT lessons and this will also include the risks associated with the use of webcams. The children will be using Movie Maker to create a multimedia presentation. They will learn how to produce and record sound and play this in their presentations.
The children will be developing their rugby skills with an external coach from Grasshoppers and will also be continuing to improve their gymnastic techniques.
Rachel from Broughton Music Academy will teach music each Tuesday afternoon.
In PSHE, we will be asking the question “ When is it right to tell?” The children will identify situations which they should discuss with an adult.