Welcome to the start of a new and exciting year. We hope you have had a good summer and are refreshed and ready for the new school year. This year’s themes offer lots of stimulating and interesting things to learn about and we are sure your child is going to enjoy and embrace every aspect of the year ahead.
This half-term, we are learning about The Ancient Egyptians. To provide the children with an insight into life during this period the children will take part in an action packed Egyptian workshop delivered by Portals From the Past on Thursday 3rd October (details to follow).
We are delighted to also work with Sharon Snaylam, our artist in residence, during the first autumn half term. The children will spend alternate Wednesday afternoons working on an exciting art project linked to our Ancient Egyptians theme.
Initially our English work will begin with exploring the mystery around Tutankhamun’s death. We will write in role as an Egyptologist, analyse non-fiction texts and their features. We will also be creating non-fiction presentations in English and our computing sessions based upon our Egyptian theme. We hope to share our work at the end the half term with parents and carers. An invitation to our exciting exhibition of work will be winging its way to you soon.
In maths we will begin by extending our knowledge and understanding of place value, including numbers beyond 1000. The Year 4 curriculum places greater emphasis on children knowing their times table facts up to 12 by the end of Year 4. Consequently, we will be working with the children on their tables facts, largely through games and fun activities. Our maths learn by heart targets will also be linked to times tables this half term and we would welcome any support you could also provide with these at home.
This year, our outdoor P.E. session will be on Tuesday (football) and indoor P.E. on Wednesday (netball). We request that children attend school in their P.E. kit on those days to maximise our learning time (school colours & no football shirts please).
The children will be reading in class every day, however we would appreciate it if you could listen to your child read at home too. Maths and spelling homework will be sent home every fortnight in the form of a Learn by Heart Target. We would appreciate any help you could give your child in becoming confident and fluent in their maths and spelling targets. A Learning Log activity will be sent home for your child to complete over the half term. The Autumn half term learning log will be sent home on Friday 13th September and should be returned to school by Monday 21st October.