Amethyst Class Blog
The members of staff in Amethyst class are Miss Osborne and Mrs Fitzpatrick
PE is on Tuesday. Please ensure that you have your indoor and outdoor kit for PE in school at all times. Please remember than no jewellery can be worn for PE lessons.
03.03.20- Parent consultations
04.03.20- Parent consultations
05.03.20- World Book Day (dress up)
TBC - Board game week
W.B. 30.03.20 - British Values Week
Homework will be set on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. Children will be given a piece of maths, reading or English homework each week. Children will be given 10 spellings to learn which will be tested on a Friday morning. Children are expected to practise their times tables for the times tables challenge each Friday. Homework will be given on a slip in reading records.
If your child is finding their homework difficult, they can come and see me on a Monday break time when I will be happy to sit and support them to complete it.
Things to help with learning
We expect the children to be reading as much as possible. Reading is crucial for huge aspects of learning and really helps develop children's creativity and vocabulary in writing. We are encouraging the children to record when and what they have read in their reading journals.
Times Table Rockstars is a great website to develop the children's times table recall. In year 4, children are expected to know times table facts 1-12.
Practise spellings each week. We focus on a range of spelling patterns as well as they Yr 3/4 spellings. We have been monitoring these each term.
Welcome back to Spring Term 2. We have got lots of exciting things happening this half term as we continue our topic of 'Ministry of Magic'. We are so impressed with the progress you have all made so far this year, keep up the amazing work!
Planned curriculum for this half term
On Wednesday, year 4 attended Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The making of Harry Potter. The children had an amazing time and even got to see some props that were off limits to the general public in their screenwriting lesson.
For World Book Day we are studying the text 'The World's Worst Teachers' by David Walliams. The children have heard a few of the stories previously and have absolutely loved them! We are going to be using the text to create our own teacher, with a focus on descriptive writing.
We are also continuing to read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to help develop crucial reading skills including: prediction, inference and retrieval. We will also be using the text to help inspire our writing.
This term we will be focusing on recalling our 12 times table. This is our last times table to learn in preparation for the year 4 multiplication check that will be taking place in June. Here is a song that we have been using to help us recall the facts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TSbNpPW1E4 We also use Daily 10 (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10)every day in the classroom to test our facts, as well as using TTRockstars (https://ttrockstars.com/).
We will also be looking at different measurements which will include time, mass, length and money. We will be converting different units of measurement and solving problems.
Another topic will be shape. We will be identifying the names and properties of different quadrilaterals, triangles, angles and lines.
Our topic this term for science is 'Working Scientifically'. We will be planning, conducting and evaluating a range of different science investigations. We will spend some time looking at fair testing and how to ensure an investigation is fair.
This term will involve a great deal of designing. We will have a themed week where we design and create board games. We will be attaching different materials in a range of ways including sewing.
We will also be making pizzas towards the end of the term.
We will be looking at the 8 different compass points and using them to give directions around Hogwarts. Also, we will be looking at where we would build a school using different land features to justify. Finally, we will be looking at maps with a 4 grid reference.
Our French topic for this half term 'My Town'. We will be focusing on learning a range of vocabulary and applying it.
The piece of music we will be looking at this half term is 'Lean On Me' by Bill Withers. We will be learning to sing the song, as well as play chime bars to the music.
We will be learning how to search effectively online, followed by creating animations.
In RE this half term, we are going to be learning about Judaism. We will be looking at what the Ten Commandments are and the significance of them.