Spring Term Year 4

 

Happy New Year and welcome back Year 4! 

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are ready to get back to work.
Have a look through below to find out a little about what we will be exploring this half term.

English

This half term we will be looking at a book by Salvatore Rubbino, called ‘A Walk in London’. We will be investigating techniques the author uses to build suspense, as well as exploring a range of other texts such as Harry Potter and Narnia. Based on these texts the children will use a range of features to create  their own piece of writing on their local area, Denton.

Again, this term we will be working hard to improve our spelling and will be a huge focus within our morning work and woven within many other curriculum areas. As the Year 4 team, we strongly recommend that children practise the many common exception words and spelling rules for Year 3 and 4. If spelling is an particular area that your child wants to improve, please use the word lists and suggested spelling games below.

Practising Spellings At Home

Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words

Year 3 Spelling Rules and Examples

Year 4 Spelling Rules and Examples

 

Mathematics

In our first week back we will be exploring the relationship between decimals and fractions. We will then continue to develop our fluency skills, testing out new methods and re-visiting old ones to consolidate our knowledge around multiplication, division, subtraction and addition.

It is crucial in Year 4 that the children become fluent with their times tables up to 12 and a range of number facts, such as pairs that total 100, halves and doubles and counting in multiples of 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 1000.

Therefore, please make the most of your child’s Times Table Rockstar account to strengthen their knowledge of the times tables and see their rock status grow!

https://ttrockstars.com/

The children also have accounts for Active Learn where they can revise and apply their knowledge through tasks that cover the entire Year 4 curriculum. All activities can be accessed when using a laptop or desktop. However, some are limited when using a tablet or an iPad.

http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

The children should all have their logins now for both of these accounts, if your child has lost their login details then do not hesitate to ask for new ones!

Science

Dangers to Living Things is our next topic we will be exploring in Science. Through this topic children will explore the affects the environment has on living things and how in particular it can impact food chains. Using their knowledge and understanding of Dangers to Living Things the children will plan and carry out an investigation to make an environmental change in order to discover the impact it may have on living things.

 

Topic

We will start the topic,  ‘Invaders and Settlers’, we will be moving through time to explore other invaders and settlers, such as the Celts and the Vikings. We will be finding out more about the infamous female warrior, Boudicca and how the Vikings were able to travel from country to country.

 

Religious Educations

‘Why is Jesus Inspiring to some people?’

We will be focusing on this particular question this half term. We will begin by exploring the meaning of the word ‘inspiring’ and who the inspiring people are in our lives. Following this we will look at the story of Jesus, understanding how and why he became an inspiration for some people.

Computing

This half term we will begin our project ‘Back to the Future’. In this project, children will create their own blog detailing what they learn from research that they will complete throughout the sessions.  Children will learn about different technologies both old and new, about inventors and the different components of a computer.

PE

Games is our focus this half term, within this topic we will be exploring the different roles within a range of games and how communication, listening and teamwork are essential skills to be successful when playing team sports.

We will continue with our swimming lessons at Denton Swimming Baths. Please make sure that you come prepared with your full kit.

4T’s lessons are every Wednesday and 4D’s lessons are every Friday.

PSHE

Our theme for this half term is ‘Goals and Dreams’, where we will discuss the meaning of having goals and dreams and what we might do to achieve them. Through this topic we will look at obstacles that we may have to overcome when attempting to achieve our goals and dreams, promoting skills such as  resilience and persistence.

Homework

In Year 4 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. This half term the children will have a spelling activity each week and either a reading task or mathematics task based on our learning in class. The children can also choose from the Invaders and Settlers menu! Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O Miss Turner or Miss Dobie  to admin@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Invaders and Settlers Take Away Homework Sheet

 

The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log.

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

Happy New Year Year 2!

Happy New Year!

The team in Year 2 are really looking forward to working hard this half term in the run up to the February Half Term!

Have a look through below to find out a little about what we will be exploring this half term.

English

We will be starting the half term off by exploring some strange new inhabitants of our playground. They have long scaly tails and sharp golden claws. I wonder who they are? Where have they come from and why are they here?

Over this half term we will be learning how to;

  • Use the prefix un-
  • Recognise and use different types of words such as verbs, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions and conjunctions in our sentences.
  • Write and punctuate different types of sentences such as statements, questions, commands and exclamations.
  • Write noun and expanded noun phrases.
  • Proofread and edit our writing effectively.
  • Correctly spell words that use the suffixes -ed, -ing, -ly, -ment, -ful and -ness.

This year we will be working hard to improve our spelling and will be a huge focus within our morning work and woven within many other curriculum areas. As the Year 2 team, we strongly recommend that children practice the many common exception words and spelling rules for Years 1 and 2. If spelling is an particular area that your child wants to improve, please use the word lists and suggested spelling games below.

Practising Spellings At Home

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Word Mat

Year 1 Spelling Rules

Year 2 Spelling Rules

 

Mathematics

This half term we will be sharpening our fluency skills and covering the following:

  • Mental multiplication and sequences in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s
  • Place value
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Money – Calculating totals and change
  • Recognsing the properties of 3D shapes
  • Telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes

We will also be kick starting our journey with Times Table Rockstars to strengthen our times table knowledge. Therefore, please make the most of your child’s Times Table Rockstars account to develop their knowledge of the times tables and see their rock status grow!

https://ttrockstars.com/

The children also have accounts for Active Learn where they can revise and apply their knowledge through tasks that cover the entire Year 2 curriculum. All activities can be accessed when using a laptop or desktop. However, some are limited when using a tablet or an iPad.

http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Similarly, the children also have access to espresso which can be used in a similar way to Active Learn but they are able to explore interactive resources covering the entire Year 2 curriculum as oppose to just Maths.

http://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/

 

Science

Our next unit will be ‘Changing Shape’. In this unit children will work towards answering the Quest question ‘How can we make art from changing the shape of materials?’. They will create a piece of artwork that applies the skills and knowledge developed in the unit. Children will learn that the shape of materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. They will also explore how twisting can be used to make threads stronger and identify which materials bend or squash most easily.

Working Scientifically, children will investigate how materials can be grouped according to their properties. They will have the opportunity to perform simple tests to find the stretchiest material and observe how silly putty changes over time.

 

Topic

We will be exploring our monarchy and castles throughout Britain in our topic, “Dungeons and Dragons”.

Please see the curriculum page to find out more.

 

Religious Educations

“What can we learn from sacred books?”

This is the question we will be focusing on this half term. We will be discovering and discussing what religions, such as Christianity and Islam, learn from the sacred books of their religion.

 

Computing

This half term we will begin our project ‘Mythical Creatures’. In this project, children will be exploring how animations are created and they will begin develop the skills involved for themselves to make their stop animation.

 

PE

Gymnastics is our focus this half term, within this topic we will be exploring the different types of movement including, pace and height using the floor and apparatus. We will be looking closely at which body part we use to make these movements.

Please make sure that your child’s P.E. Kit consists of a pair of black pumps, plain black shorts or plain black jogging bottoms and a plain white t-shirt or one with the school logo. We suggest that your child brings their P.E. Kit into school when we begin the term and only take it home at the end of the term so that it can be washed and refreshed ready for the next half term. That way your child will always have their kit in school and they are prepared for every lesson.

Our P.E. lesson is every Monday.

 

PSHE

Our theme for this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’, where we will discuss how it can be sometimes challenging to achieve a goal we set ourselves. Therefore, we will explore how this feels and how to manage it.

 

Homework

In Year 2 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. This half term the children will have a spelling activity each week and either a reading task or mathematics task based on our learning in class. The children can also choose from the “Dungeons and Dragons!” homework menu! Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O Mrs Faulkner, Mrs Macdonald or Miss Richards  to admin@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log. Reading books are changed daily – whenever your child is ready for a new book. Therefore, remind your child to hand it in so that it can be organised for them.

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

Spring Term 2019 in Year 6

Spring Term January 2019

Happy New Year everybody!

We will regularly update our web pages to keep you up to date with what we are doing throughout this year. Check out Facebook also.

This term our topic is WW2. We will be studying this topic in detail throughout the term, culminating in our visit to Stockport Air Raid Shelter on 3rd May. We will be studying Goodnight Mr Tom in English lessons and using this as a stimulus for lots of different writing opportunities. We will incorporate art projects also. The children will also be able to complete projects at home, as part of their weekly homework tasks. We will be continuing to improve our SPAG skills throughout our work, concentrating on different aspects within our writing tasks. At this stage we will be revising many of the areas that children should be able to do.

This is a really useful website for helping children with their spellings-

www.spellingframe.co.uk

In maths, we will continue to work in streamed groups, to address any areas where support may be needed. We will continue to develop and extend our skills in the 4 rules of number, our understanding of place value, decimals, percentages, and fractions and measurement. We will be focussing on the using and applying aspect of maths through problem solving, reasoning, explaining and investigating.

 

Please remember to encourage your child to carry on practising their times tables up to 12×12 as it is essential that they have rapid recall of all tables facts, including the inverse. Encourage them to go on TTRockstars every week to have fun and practise at the same time. Try and beat the other class in Battle of the Bands. 6L are still in the lead.

https://ttrockstars.com/

 

Remember to use your log in for Discovery Learning regularly to help you with any areas of year 6 work that you may need extra practise on. If you need a log in and password please see Mrs Lynch.

 

In science, we will be working on a unit called- Light and Sight.

In this unit children will learn about how light travels and that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes, or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. They will learn that shiny or reflective surfaces alter the direction in which light travels. Children will have the opportunity to solve problems related to everyday life about how light travels and how we see. Children will also investigate and explain the shapes of shadows, and relate this to light travelling in straight lines.

Homework-

The children will continue to get English and maths homework every week. We will always set the homework on a Friday and it must be brought back into school by the following Wednesday. The children will also be bringing home their reading books every day and it is vitally important that they read every day. We are really working on the children’s comprehension skills so it would be great if you could ask them questions about their books every time you read with them. We keep track of the homework and reading on charts in the classroom that are linked to the assertive mentoring scheme that we use in school. In order to achieve a green mark their homework MUST be completed and handed in on WEDNESDAY.

 

We will be doing P.E. on Thursday and Friday, so the children need their kits in school on these days. Just a reminder that school P.E. kit comprises of a white t-shirt, black shorts and pumps and if P.E. is taking place outside and the weather is cold, the children are allowed to wear dark jogging bottoms and trainers. All jewellery must be removed for P.E.

 

We are always available if there is anything that you would like any advice or help with and are happy to address any concerns you might have in what is an exciting, but occasionally daunting year for the children and yourselves.

 

Final Note—Excellent attendance is vitally important for your child to succeed.

Mrs. Lynch, Mr. Griffin and Mrs Mitchell

Spring Term

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve all had a brilliant holiday and are ready and raring to go again. We are really looking forward to this half term and we hope you are too! Spring Term 1 is a very busy one, so here’s what we’ll be up to!

English

As usual, we’ve got lots of exciting activities planned in English. The start of this term, our focus is on writing non-fiction. We will start the year by writing our own non-chronological reports on own own mythical creature from the planet Pandora, from the film Avatar. We will then focus on narrative writing  and will be basing our work around the text ‘Leon and The Place Between’ by Graham Baker-Smith. The focus of this book is a fantasy adventure which takes place when a boy called Leon visits the circus with his brothers and sister.  We will be analysing different texts and video clips to help inspire our own writing, so that we can carry on being awesome authors too!

We will develop our SPAG knowledge through continuing to learn about the various word classes and different spelling patterns, including the Y5/6 word list. We will be focussing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.

Maths

We will continue to be in mixed groups across Y5 for maths. We will continue to develop our skills in the 4 operations, our understanding of Place Value, Decimals, Percentages and Fractions and Measurement. We will then move onto geometry and look at the properties of different triangles and investigate the angles in a triangle. We will be focussing on the Using and Applying aspect of Maths through Problem Solving Challenges.

Please remember to carry on practising your times tables up to 12×12.

Aim to be a Times Tables Rockstar this half term if you’re not already!

Science

Our topic this half term is Properties of Materials. In this unit the children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, response to magnets and electrical and thermal conductivity. They will have given reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular use of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. We will develop our working scientifically skills by be carrying out investigations to test materials to see if they are dissolvable and whether they are good insulators or conductors.

Topic

Our topic for the whole of this term is Grand Designs. We will be learning all about famous landmarks both in Great Britain and around the World! We will then design and build our on 3D structures.

PHSE

We will continue to use Jigsaw in our PSHE sessions and our topic this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’ we will think about our future aspirations and what we need to do in order to help us achieve these.

Computing – Graphical Images

We will be using Sketch Map, Book Creator and Seesaw programs to design our own structures. Children will be exploring drawings/illustrations representing both 2D and 3D worlds.  The children will need to think about who they are designing their building for and other elements such as what materials they might use.

 

PE

PE will be on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Our focus this half term will be gymnastics. We will look at different jumps, rolls and ways to travel in order to create our own sequences.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring!

HOMEWORK

We will continue to have a creative approach to our homework this term. You will be given Maths and Spelling homework each week as well as being able to choose from a range of creative activities in Topic.

Homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.

REMEMBER:

Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.

Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.

Homework handed in on Friday is RED.

We read in class every day, so make sure you always have your Reading Log in school.

Please make sure you also read regularly each week at home and ask an adult to sign your Reading Log for you. We will sign your Reading Log every WEDNESDAY  to check you have read at home, so please don’t forget!!

 

KEEP IN TOUCH!

Parents & Carers are always very welcome to call in to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning, any other area of their school life or just to say ‘hello’. We are available anytime before or after school, except on Wednesdays because that’s when we have our Staff Meeting.

We are really looking forward to a great half term with you all!

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Wood, Miss Pinington, Miss Wickham and Mrs Sharrock

Spring Term in Year 5!

Welcome Back Year 5!  

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve all had a brilliant holiday and are ready and raring to go again. We are really looking forward to this half term and we hope you are too! Spring Term 1 is a very busy one, so here’s what we’ll be up to!

English

As usual, we’ve got lots of exciting activities planned in English. The start of this term, our focus is on writing non-fiction. We will start the year by writing our own non-chronological reports on own own mythical creature from the planet Pandora, from the film Avatar. We will then focus on narrative writing  and will be basing our work around the text ‘Leon and The Place Between’ by Graham Baker-Smith. The focus of this book is a fantasy adventure which takes place when a boy called Leon visits the circus with his brothers and sister.  We will be analysing different texts and video clips to help inspire our own writing, so that we can carry on being awesome authors too!

We will develop our SPAG knowledge through continuing to learn about the various word classes and different spelling patterns, including the Y5/6 word list. We will be focussing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.

Maths

We will continue to be in mixed groups across Y5 for maths. We will continue to develop our skills in the 4 operations, our understanding of Place Value, Decimals, Percentages and Fractions and Measurement. We will then move onto geometry and look at the properties of different triangles and investigate the angles in a triangle. We will be focussing on the Using and Applying aspect of Maths through Problem Solving Challenges.

Please remember to carry on practising your times tables up to 12×12.

Aim to be a Times Tables Rockstar this half term if you’re not already!

Science

Our topic this half term is Properties of Materials. In this unit the children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, response to magnets and electrical and thermal conductivity. They will have given reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular use of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. We will develop our working scientifically skills by be carrying out investigations to test materials to see if they are dissolvable and whether they are good insulators or conductors.

Topic

Our topic for the whole of this term is Grand Designs. We will be learning all about famous landmarks both in Great Britain and around the World! We will then design and build our on 3D structures.

PHSE

We will continue to use Jigsaw in our PSHE sessions and our topic this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’ we will think about our future aspirations and what we need to do in order to help us achieve these.

Computing – Graphical Images

We will be using Sketch Map, Book Creator and Seesaw programs to design our own structures. Children will be exploring drawings/illustrations representing both 2D and 3D worlds.  The children will need to think about who they are designing their building for and other elements such as what materials they might use.

 

PE

PE will be on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Our focus this half term will be gymnastics. We will look at different jumps, rolls and ways to travel in order to create our own sequences.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring!

HOMEWORK

We will continue to have a creative approach to our homework this term. You will be given Maths and Spelling homework each week as well as being able to choose from a range of creative activities in Topic.

Homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.

REMEMBER:

Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.

Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.

Homework handed in on Friday is RED.

We read in class every day, so make sure you always have your Reading Log in school.

Please make sure you also read regularly each week at home and ask an adult to sign your Reading Log for you. We will sign your Reading Log every WEDNESDAY  to check you have read at home, so please don’t forget!!

 

KEEP IN TOUCH!

Parents & Carers are always very welcome to call in to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning, any other area of their school life or just to say ‘hello’. We are available anytime before or after school, except on Mondays because that’s when we have our Staff Meeting.

We are really looking forward to a great half term with you all!

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Wood, Miss Pinnington, Miss Wickham and Mrs Sharrock

Happy New Year!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

ENGLISH

This half term we will continue learning about sentence structures and using our pictorial targets to help us to write them. We will be exploring recounts and creating fact sheets about space and the moon landing using ‘Book Creator’ on the ipads. We will also be writing our own space adventure stories and performing them using ‘Green Screen’.

The children will be learning to spell common exception words and learning to use the sounds they need in their writing.

Please remember to continue using Reading Eggs at home and to read regularly and learn your spellings.

Reading books will be changed twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays. We will also send home Reading For Enjoyment books every Friday. It is important that children learn to re-read books to build fluency and good expression – well done to everyone who has been reading at home.

Reading Morning takes place on a Tuesday morning from 8.50-9.20am. This is an opportunity for parents and carers to join us in our shared read. Please feel free to come along.

MATHS

Here are the objectives for the next half term:

Say the number one more or less and two more or less using a number line or a 100 grid; locate 2-digit numbers on a 100 grid and a 1-100 bead string; read, write and say 2-digit numbers and understand them as some tens and some ones

Revise pairs to 5, 6, 7, 10 and doubles to double 6; derive subtraction facts; understand a symbol being used for an unknown; use number facts to solve simple addition and subtraction word problems; find pairs of numbers with a total of 8

Add by putting the larger number first and counting on (numbers up to 100), spotting unit patterns; count on from 2-digit numbers; add a 1-digit number to a 2-digit number

Name, recognise and know the properties of 3D shapes: cube, cuboid, cone, cylinder and sphere; begin to sort 3D shapes according to properties; order and name the days of the week and months of the year; recognise and name the seasons

Count on and back in tens from any number; begin to count in 5s and 2s recognising multiples of 5 end in 5 and 0; children begin to count in 2s; estimate a number of objects within a range and count by grouping into 10s or 5s

http://www.iseemaths.com/visual-games/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

SCIENCE

Here are our objectives for Identifying Materials:

In this unit children will have identified and named common types of materials including wood, metal, plastic, rubber, fur, towelling, nylon, wool, sponge, cotton wool, paper, card, brick, ceramics, rock and some liquids and powdered solids. They will have labelled, collected and grouped together objects made from the same material. They will state that different objects can be manufactured from the same materials. They will say why some materials are unsuitable for some objects.

Working scientifically, children will have tested the properties of different liquids. They will have investigated which materials are good to wrap and protect a hollow chocolate object being sent through the post.

 

We have also started to learn about seasons and will be exploring Winter:

In this unit children will learn that there are four seasons, the names for these seasons and that there are differences between them. They will identify and design weather symbols for the different types of weather they are likely to experience across the seasons.

Working scientifically, children will make observations and measurements over time throughout the seasons including day length, temperature, rain/snow fall, wind strength, cloud conditions and the accompanying changes to plants and animals in their local environment. They will describe and record their findings and compare them across the seasons.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/

 

CREATIVE CURRICULUM

Our topic is Space Megastructures. We will be learning about where in the world super telescopes are and why. We will learn about the moon landing and the timeline of the International Space Station and what it is like to live in space. We will be creating our own artwork inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. We will be learning about Tim Peake, Helen Sharman and Neil Armstrong. We will be using clay to make a model of an alien using the story of Beegu as a stimulus.

www.esa.int/kids/en/home

www.sciencekids.co.nz/space.html

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/space

 

RE

Coming soon…

COMPUTING

Using Book Creator App to create space fact sheets.

Developing our performance skills using green screen.

Developing key skills such as logging in and out of reading eggs.

Using graphics and text to support our work about space.

 

PE

This half term we will be learning to develop our dance skills including performing and evaluating basic routines with a Dance Coach and will be developing our gymnastic skills further. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day, with each item labelled with their name.

PSHE

Our theme for this half term is Dreams and Goals which is about setting targets and working towards them.

MUSIC

We use songs on a regular basis to help us when learning Maths and grammar concepts. Ask your child to sing some for you!

Listen and Appraise the song In The Groove and other songs in other styles:

  • How Blue Can You Get by B.B. King
  • Let The Bright Seraphim by Handel
  • Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
  • Jai Ho by J.R. Rahman
  • Lord Of The Dance by Ronan Hardiman
  • Diggin’ On James Brown by Tower Of Power
  1. Musical Activities – learn and/or build on your knowledge and understanding

about the interrelated dimensions of music through:

  1. Warm-up Games (including vocal warm-ups)
  2. Flexible Games (optional extension work)
  3. Learn to Sing the Song( in 6 different styles; Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra,

Folk and Funk)

  1. Play Instruments with the Song
  2. Improvise with the Song (and optional extension activities)
  3. Compose with the Song
  4. Perform the Song

 

HOMEWORK

We received some fantastic homework last term – well done and keep up the good work! Homework will be issued on Fridays and must be returned by the following Wednesday.