Welcome to Curlews Class!
It’s great to see the children back at school, raring to go! Throughout this year we will be exploring and investigating a wealth of interesting and exciting topics across the curriculum. We have plenty for them to get their teeth into this term!
Our topic for the first half of term is ’Just add H20’, with a strong emphasis on science, geography and art, in addition to all other subjects. There are so many possibilities with this topic, that it’s hard to choose!
In English and maths, we will spend the first few weeks refreshing some of our key skills. After that, the maths will focus on number and place value understanding, before turning to addition and subtraction methods. Our English will build grammar skills initially, leading into descriptive writing on a watery theme, before looking at instructional writing.
In science, we will investigate the properties of water as part of a unit looking at states of matter. Our geography work will cover issues relating to human uses of water, as well as the water cycle itself. We will also study a wonderful range of water-themed art by various artists, giving the children a chance to express their own ideas using a range of media.
After half term, we will be straight into our super ‘Son et lumière’ (sound and light) topic. In English, the children will be exploring performance poetry and taking inspiration from existing poems to create their own. These will be filmed and shown to the children, staff and parents. Keep your eyes peeled for information about this. Newspaper reports will follow, with the children writing about Thomas Edison’s discovery of the light bulb. Finally, the children will be creating their own fractured fairytales adding their inventive spin on a popular fairytale.
Our scientific brains will be stretched as the children tackle new interesting information and exciting experiments. Our focus will be electricity and how we can apply this knowledge to build complicated and advanced circuitry. This will lead to Year 4 producing our own electronic game at the end of term.
Within RE, children will learn about inspiration, focusing on Hindus and their beliefs.
This term, PE and Wild Tribe (first half of term only – don’t forget your wellies!) will be on Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons. Spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday. Times table tests will be on Wednesdays. Other homework, such as spellings sentences, will be issued on a Wednesday, to be returned by the following Monday please.