Woolsthorpe (Yr 4)
A Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to the Woolsthorpe Wonders who will be taught by Mrs Hicks this year and supported by Mrs Chapman, Mrs Fowler and Mrs Evans throughout the week. Ms Cummings, Mrs Fenn and Mrs Chapman will also be teaching Art, Handwriting and Cracking Times Tables and Performing Arts each week.
In Woolsthorpe we will continue to be 'wondering' and growing our brains with more new learning this Spring Term. Our first theme this Spring is 'EXTREME EARTH'. We will be joining our new friends The Weather Watchers to learn about our Earth and how extreme it and the weather can be. We will be investigating what happens beneath the earth’s surface to cause volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and how these disastrous events can affect people and their lives.
As writers we will be writing diary recounts about disasters that have happened; beginning with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its effect on Pompeii and how a Hurricane brought down a tree in a garden and the adventures that were to be had. We will also look at Earthquake safety, what to do in the event of an earthquake and write some instructions to inform others of the procedures.
As mathematicians we are going to continue ‘cracking’ our times tables with our weekly challenges. This is especially important this year as the children will be tested towards the end of Year 4 on their knowledge, understanding and rapid recall of all their multiplication tables. We will also be using our multiplication and division knowledge and understanding to look at various strategies for calculating when using larger numbers and also the formal written methods we use too. If anyone would like a quick 5-minute chat about how we do this, please feel free to pop in after school! We will also be using these new strategies to help us solve area problems and begin looking at fractions: which fractions are equivalent (the same), counting and comparing.
Science this term is all things solid, liquid and gas. Our work will include investigating gases and whether it has a weight; investigating materials as they change state by heating and cooling; exploring the different states water can have; and learn about the water cycle and what happens to water in the different stages.
In RE our focus will be on the faith of Sikhism and we will be asking ourselves ‘What does it mean to be a Sikh in Britain today?’ We will be learning about some of the core beliefs and teachings of Sikhism, their different Gurus, what matters most to Sikhs on a daily basis and make links with how Sikhs, and us, live in the world today.
Finally, PE this term will be on a Tuesday and Friday so PE kits are required in school at these times. The children will be outside, weather permitting, so a warm tracksuit and PE jumper will be needed as the term progresses towards winter. We will also be endeavouring to complete the Daily Mile at least three times in the week so trainers are a necessity.
There will be lots of other exciting learning opportunities this term for your children and as always we greatly appreciate your help and support. If you have any special skill you would like to share or would just like to come in and give a helping hand you are always welcome! I'm really looking forward to working with you to further develop your child's wonderment of learning and the exciting opportunities this will lead to!