Beech - 4
Mrs Walshaw and Mrs Dye – year 4
The other adults in this class are: Miss Forbes
Important information for the week
Welcome to a new half term!
This half term we will be delving into Ancient Egyptian life and exploring the science of electricity and sound. On the 13th of November we are off to the RAMM in Exeter to look at the Ancient Egyptian artefacts and the Lost Words exhibition featuring the artworks used in the book studied last half term.
The curriculum for this half term
Having learnt about the geography of the Rive Nile, we will now be building up the Ancient Egyptian kingdom around it! There is much to learn about Ancient Egypt and we will be using the book ‘Meet the Ancient Egyptians’ by James Davies as our starting point. Much of our history focus will be on using primary sources, such as artefacts, and secondary sources, such as information texts, to help us learn about what life was like and what the key beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians were. Our outcome for this unit will be an interactive page on the website where you, and other schools, can learn about the history of Ancient Egypt through 31 objects! Look out for the link coming later this term.
Towards the end of the term, we will be exploring the topics of Electricity and Sound, finding out about Thomas Edison Nikola Telsa and their contribution to our scientific history. Our featured text will be ‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough. This is an explanation text with a twist as techno-dog Dudley teaches us everything we didn’t know that we didn’t know about the appliances in our homes!
Below is a document containing some vocabulary linked to Egypt. We will be using this in class this half term.
Important dates for the term
Individual Parents Evenings: 04/11/19 3.30pm – 6.00pm
Individual Parents Evenings: 07/11/19 12.00pm – 6.00pm
CORRECTION – Class Trip to Exeter RAMM: 13/11/19 (as per the letter sent home)
Non-pupil day: 25/11/19
KS2 Carol Concert: 17/12/19
Last Day of Term: 20/12/19
Current home-learning expectations
This half term, there will be research based homework set on Monday 4th November. We will upload a copy of the homework here.
Maths: Times tables! Your child has a Times Tables Rock Stars account, which will help them to embed their times tables. Knowing their tables has an impact on so many areas of maths, from fractions to division – as well as being a good skill to have as ad adult. They should practise for 30 minutes every week at home.
Reading: Your child is expected to read for 25 minutes per day. They can read on their own, with an adult, a friend or a sibling. We will then monitor this with a reading log, which should be completed and signed by an adult each day. Please discuss the book with them and ask them what was happened or what they are enjoying about it, so that they have the chance to discuss books. A great way for them to develop their love of reading is to see adults passionate about reading too, whether it’s settling down to read or showing a huge interest in a story the child is currently enjoying.
Reading a range of books:- We are encouraging children to read a range of styles of text.
UPDATE* Every child should now have their Reading Challenge Cards. They do not have to read exclusively off these lists, they are there to support them in widening and varying their reading experiences. Once they have completed the challenge, they will gain a certificate and then be given a new Reading Challenge Card.
Spellings: These will be set on a Monday and tested on a Friday. The current list can be found below:
Any other information?
PE is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. Please can children have their trainers and PE kits for both sessions.
Children should have a water bottle in school each day.
There is no swimming this term.