Beech - 4
Mrs Walshaw and Mrs Dye – year 4
The other adults in this class are: Miss Forbes
Important information for the week
A great start to the term! We have been working hard on our poetry about nature and have been learning new vocabulary. This is linked to our book, Lost Words. Our walk along the River Otter involved learning about the fact that so many words are no longer in use in our vocabulary, such as frond or fern, whereas other, more modern words are now in the dictionary, such as chatroom or upload. This book was written to keep words linked to nature alive! The children also took some great photos whilst walking along the river, to capture the very essence of nature.
The curriculum for this term
This term we are learning about rivers and the habitats that are found there. From this we will learn about a specific river – the River Nile! We will link this to Geography and Design Technology as we learn about shadufs and how this irrigation system allowed farming to be so successful. From this our learning will take us back into the past, to Ancient Egypt.
In the second half of term, our Science topics are Sound and Electricity.
Here is some vocabulary linked to Egypt. We will be using this in class in October. You may wish to look at these words beforehand though.
Important dates for the term
Whole Class Parent Talk: 17/9/19 15:50 – 16:00 and 16:10 – 16:30
Budleigh Literary Festival Talks: 19/9/19 (Jo Earlam), and 20/9/19 (Simon James)
Half Term: 19/10/19 – 27/10/19
Non-pupil day: 25/11/19
KS2 Carol Concert: 17/12/19
Last Day of Term: 20/12/19
Current home-learning expectations
Thank you everyone for bringing in an object from our natural world that inspired you. We had such a range, from dragonflies to crystals, from venus fly traps to pine cones.
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. More information will be coming home soon, where children will be given a list of suggested books.
Any other information?
PE is on a Monday 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.