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Class 8

SUMMER TERM

 

Can you believe we have got to the Summer Term???

 

This first half term we are joined by Miss King in the classroom, who will be helping our learning alongside Mr Hempsall and Mr Stark.

 

In Maths, we are going to continue our work on our times tables and in June we will have the national Y4 Multiplication Tables Check. We will be focusing on fractions, decimals, calculating with money, geometry and angles and measuring time.

 

In English we will be looking at the following texts: The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, The Rabbits by John Marsden and Mr Stink by David Walliams. We will use these to inspire us to create different types of narrative and non-fiction writing.

 

In our wider curriculum learning this term, we are learning about the Romans in History and mountains, rivers and coasts in Geography. In RE we are learning about Islam. We are designing and making savoury pancakes in DT looking painting and creating mood in Art and looking at changes of state and the water cycle in Science. To find out more, go to our news and newsletters section of the website. In Music we are learning about timbre and rhythm, in PSHE we are looking at how to stay safe in different situations and looking at important global and environmental events. In French we are learning how to order food and drink in a cafe and French instructions in a classroom and the names of different school equipment. With Synergy, we are developing our athletics skills in PE and on Mondays with Mr Richards, we are focusing on our throwing and catching skills.

 

Learning at home

We ask that the children read their school reading books and then quiz on them in school. Please make sure your child has their reading book and reading record with them every day. We are focusing on our times tables and would encourage everyone to keep using TT Rockstars. If you have forgotten or lost your login details please contact us via Class Dojo and we will sort this out for you. Spellings and maths home learning is sent home on a Friday and we ask that it is returned the following week.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PE 

PE takes place on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. All children should have the correct kit in school for these lessons.

Water bottles

All children should bring a water bottle in to school with them each day. This can be filled when emptied but it should be taken home and washed each night. We ask that children only bring in water to drink, not fizzy drinks or squash.

Snacks

Children may bring in a snack for break time. This should be a healthy snack such as fruit, vegetables or a cereal bar, not crisps, chocolate or a biscuit.

After school clubs

Thursday is Y4 times tables club after school with Mr Richards. There are also lunchtime times tables clubs with Mr Richards on a Wednesday and Mrs Smalec on a Thursday. After school on a Friday is Rounders with Synergy.

 

 

SPRING TERM

 

Welcome back! This term we will be enjoying lots of learning, including ...

 

English - we are starting with an amazing book, 'Arthur and the Golden Rope', which is an adventure story with lots of Norse mythology. 

Maths - we are improving our maths through re-visiting place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Science - sound is our topic and there will be lots of investigations to explore vibration, how sound travels and how the volume of sound can be changed. 

History - the Vikings are coming! We'll be finding out all about their lives, their weapons, their longboats and so much more. 

 

We mustn't forget there will be lots of fun in our PE, swimming, RE, PSHE and art lessons (and so much more!) 

 

 

SCIENCE - TAXONOMY!

 

Towards the end of each half term we try to learn all about a scientist who made a major contribution to scientific understanding. Yesterday we learned all about Carl Linnaeus, who lived in Sweden in the 1700s. He invented groups and classifications for animals (mammals, insects and so on) and also created all the Latin names for animals. 

 

We thought it was really funny that the Latin name for a rat is rattus rattus!!!

 

 

 

CLUBS

 

Year 4 have the chance to enjoy multi-skills and art club this term! We're looking forward to loads of after-school fun!!!

 

 

THE RED PRINCE

 

As we move into October, we are reading the book 'The Red Prince' in our English lessons. We are looking at the language to help us with writing our own expanded noun phrases, apostrophes and speech, so that we can write our own amazing narratives based on the story!

 

 

OUR FRENCH LEARNING

 

Bonjour, je m'appelle M Hempsall, j'habite à Lincoln, j'ai 52 ans!

 

This term we are learning how to say our names, how to say where we live AND our ages - all in French!!

 

 

 

  

GREAT ATTENDANCE!

SCIENCE: Habitats and micro-habitats

 

Our science investigation to discover habitats and micro-habitats was interrupted by a very poorly-timed rainy afternoon! However, we were still able to find out all about the different animals and insects which can be found in and around the school and its grounds. We have also been lucky enough to have a large amount of craneflies around the school this September which have helped us with our investigations!

 

You may know craneflies by their more common name ... 'daddy long legs'! Did you know there are 94 different species in the UK alone? If you want to find out more, why don't you visit:

 

www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/flies/daddy-longlegs

 

 

 

HAPPY TEACHER DAY

 

A huge thankyou to our new starter Alan, who has made a fabulous start to the year and settled in really quickly. What has really made our day is that he brought in a gorgeous cake today for the teachers, to make it a 'Happy Teacher Day'!

 

You've made us very happy indeed!!!

 

 

 

 

WELCOME TO CLASS 8!

 

AUTUMN TERM

Welcome back - hope you had a lovely Summer holiday!

 

This term we will be studying ....

English: our texts will be 'How does a lighthouse work?' 'The Red Prince', 'Rosie Revere' and 'Peter and the Wolf' and we will be writing explanation texts, narratives, adverts and biographies.

 

Maths: we will be practising place value, addition and subtraction, and statistics. We are now moving to working with thousands and well as hundreds, tens and ones. 

 

Science: we are investigating living things and their habitats, including grouping and classifying animals.

 

Geography: our focus is Eastern Europe, and we will be comparing Eastern European geography with the UK. 

 

RE: we are studying Christianity and how Christians practise their faith. 

 

Art: we are printing using different printing techniques. Hopefully, we will be able to use our skills to make things for the Christmas fair. 

 

PE: we are swimming this term!!!!!! Don't forget your costume and towel each week!

 

 

 

 

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