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intended learning for week commencing 4 June 2018

Class 4 Giraffes
For week beginning: 31st May 2018

Please remember to check the school website for calendar dates, the Summer Fete is coming soon and there are sign-up sheets on the window of our classroom - please spare a half hour or two to help out, it really helps everyone and is a great way of enjoying the time on the Glebe Field.

Miss Limbu is on her third and final student teacher placement with us in Year 4 and her teaching workload will increase over the next week or so as she trains to be a teacher.  Miss Limbu has amazing things planned for the children and I know you will support her every step of the way.  She is going to do a lunchtime maths club for any Y4 child who wishes to develop or extend their maths knowledge, skills and understanding.

FOREST SCHOOL is on Wednesday.  Please see the Forest School section on the school website for details of what goes on, what to wear, etc.

If you are DRB checked, please come and hear one child (the same child) read two or three times a week from 3pm - just a little earlier than the usual pick up time.  We really need this to continue as it really helps the children.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD'S HAIR FOR HEAD LICE. If everybody does it, it makes a difference. Using a nit comb before rinsing conditioner out is the best way to remove the little pests and stop more eggs being laid.  As a parent of two girls with long hair, I know it's a pain, but it's our duty as parents to keep checking, keep checking, keep checking.

We have been concentrating on the British Values of Respect, Responsibility, Law, Liberty, Democracy and Tolerance, using them in real life situations all the time. 

Please feel free to pop in any time after school if you want a chat or I can plan a specific appointment time if necessary.  My email address, should you need it, is catharine.omer@goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk

 

 

 

Messages

1. Homework - Learning journal activity, hand in on Tuesdays.  MA book, hand in on Thursdays. Please mark the MA book. Spellings will be tested on Friday. Please write in the planner when you hear your child read EVERY DAY. It's still only almost half the class who are being heard read.  Thank you to those who are reading with your child - you are making a huge difference, thank you!  Some more WW2 planes would be amazing if you fancy a half term project.  There are some brilliant ones on display already if you want some inspiration. 

2. PLEASE help your child learn their times tables, they are vital for that rapid recall that speeds up their calculations.  Please help your child memorise ALL the times tables. Times Table Rockstars are now up and running, and your child will know that their login details are stuck in the front cover of their planner. I am encouraging children to help themselves to the multiplication and division column sheets to help them learn a particular times table and for extra practice.  The TImes Table Rockstars are brilliant IF you know your times tables!  We do them daily, but every little bit helps.  I have also found this on the Year 2 class pages (thank you Mrs Donoghue) http://www.teachingtables.co.uk/tm/chall/tmchall.html which looks good.  Let me know what you think!

3. Sign up sheets for the school fair on Saturday 9 June in the window of the classroom. Thank you.

4. When we get a spare moment (!), we will practise our KS2 performance songs.  It will be another brilliant one this year.

5. Forest School is Wednesday this week.  Next week it will be on TUESDAY 12 June as Wednesday is the Kilndown Walk - details of which are on the school website. Sadly I will miss the walk as I am on a course (which I am very much excited about!) and Miss Limbu will be taking the class. Friday 22 June - INSET day. Sports day is Friday 13 July (morning) followed by Open Afternoon. The KS2 production will be in the evening of Tuesday 17 July and Wednesday 18 July.  The last day of term is Friday 20 July.  Please check the school website and calendar for the details.

Maths

This week, we will be re-visiting place value, angles, time, area/perimeter, shapes and triangles, reflection and symmetry. We've done a lot this year!.   There will also be assessment opportunities as SATs are next week. There is nothing to be concerned about for SATs, they are a part of the learning and assessment cycle, however I like them to be reminded of how much they know already and have the opportunity to show themselves how amazing they are.  And the children know my philosophy of learning from mistakes and that this is an important part of learning.  They also know that it helps me identify gaps in their learning and ensures I can help fill those learning gaps to help them prepare for Year 5 as well as feel more confident in their own abilities.  All the children are incredible and I am in a privileged position to see their learning develop them as wonderful people.

If you are reading this, thank you, please write in the planner "yay, I love maths!" and ten house points can go up.  If you're in Finchcocks, keep reading these every week as we really need the housepoints!

Learning all the times tables and division tables is absolutely crucial now, please help your child, it makes an incredible difference to their confidence as well as learning.

Please mark the MA book with your child - so much valuable learning is done through working through mistakes. 

Times Table Rockstars are now up and running, I hope you are helping your child access this excellent resource. Please also try http://www.teachingtables.co.uk/tm/chall/tmchall.html and let me know what you think.

English

More grammar, puntuation, spelling and reading comprehension, especially as we see SATs looming in the near distance.  We will be concentrating on the grammar of fronted adverbials, clauses, verb tenses, prepositions, determiners and punctuation this week: these different skills help our writing become even more exciting.  We will also incorporate reading and writing linked to our World War II topic.

We will continue the Year 4 spelling programme which is going well and concentrate on spellings in every piece of writing.  We will continue handwriting practice as it is very important their wonderful joined up handwriting continues to improve as their style develops.  We are really concentrating on homophones. Hopefully those children who always write neatly with joined up handwriting will be eligible for a pen licence.  Daily reading is expected, please write to confirm you have heard your child read in their planner (I am happy if they write in it). House points are given daily to those who have confirmed reading in their planners, as well as a special star stamp from Mrs Clowes for those who read and write in their planner. Ten star stamps and a treat is awarded by Mrs Clowes.

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation has a few games your child may like. You can choose the category at the top, but avoid the advertising to the left (which uses year groups).

 

History

We will look at the Blitz this week, and continue watching Carrie's War.  Eryn recommends Goodnight Mr Tom too.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/world_war2/world_at_war/teachers_resources.shtml  is an old site that is no longer updated, however there is a lot of brilliant things on it.  Please have a look and let me know what you think.

 

 

Science

Our ECOLOGY unit for Spring Term, with a focus on data analysis is mainly biology based this term. The science skill practised this term is analysing data.

I also found this site online, let me know what you think. https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/community/collection/286498/world-war-ii

 

 

RE

Our question for this term is Why do some people think that life is a journey? What significant experiences mark this?

The investigation will enable children to learn in depth from different religious and spiritual ways of life relating to milestones on the journey of life. Through exploring baptism, Bar and Bat Mitzvah or Hindu Samskaras and marriage pupils explore how and why people chose to mark significant moments in life.

The investigation implements the principal aim of RE, which is to engage children in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

PE

Lots of the daily Mile Run and activate sessions, as well as specific breathing exercises.  We will also be learning more games skills, in particular the working together aspect plus ball skills.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit - no PE kit, no PE.  No trainers, no Mile Run. No swim kit, no swimming. This is often due to children going home with their PE kit on after a club - please encourage your child to change back into their school uniform after a club and leave their PE kit on their peg.  They are responsible for it. Mrs Mileham and I do not allow children to lend PE kits to other children, including siblings in an effort to try and help children to be responsible for their PE kit. 

As part of our outdoor learning philosophy, children are required to have wellies (that fit!) and waterproof trousers in school every day.  PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL CLOTHING IS NAMED! I'm afraid 'sniffing' the clothes is not a full guarantee of successful ownership!  We tried sorting the wellies out recently and we have a lot of spare and unnamed wellies.

 

Music

Singing this term. YeeHa!

French

The Classroom is our unit this half term.

Homework

1.  Reading - every day.  Don't forget to ensure the planner is written in - otherwise I will not know you are hearing your child read.

2.  MA - one page. Please mark.

3.  Learning Journal - see the information in the actual learning journal, there is a new set of suggestions for this term.  It outlines the variety of homework pieces your child can choose from to do once a week. 

4.  Spellings - see their planners.

5. Multiplication tables. It will be like Year 3, a column to complete every day.  We are practising our tables every day although they need to be learnt well enough to be repeated quickly and accurately. If your child is unable to recite the times tables, then this is the sheet for them. It makes a phenominal difference to their maths understanding if they know their times tables.  Times Tables Rockstars are up and running so could be used if your child is confident with times tables.  The children have been shown how to get a new sheet themselves so that they are responsible for their time tables homework.  So far, it's working really well for those who are keen to excell in their times tables.

Art

Drawing and sketching perspectives.

PSHE

Our topic this term is health and well being, we will learn about managing sadness.

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