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**Half Term Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2020**

January 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to Spring 1! I hope both you and the children had an enjoyable break. This letter will give you an insight into what your child will be studying in term 3 and 4.

The Creative Curriculum’

T3: World War II – History.

During Term 3, we will be exploring the Topic of World War II. The children will learn when and why World War II began and find out about the key individuals and countries involved. In addition to this, they will discover what it was like for people on the home front and how they contributed to the war effort. They will also learn all about the roles and responsibilities of the men and women who served in the British armed forces; explore the significance of the Battle of Britain; participate in wartime songs, dances and games and develop a sense of awareness and appreciation when learning about different commemorative events. Studying World War II will help children to develop their investigation and evaluation skills; learn to organise information chronologically and understand how past events have helped to shape the world we know today.

T4: All around the world- Geography.

During Term 4, our focus will be geared towards Geography. This ‘All around the World’ Unit, allows children to take a closer look at where the countries of the world are located as well as some of the ways geographers describe locations. Children will learn to locate and describe places using longitude and latitude, and find out about some of the important lines that delineate specific areas of the Earth - the Equator, the Hemispheres, the Poles and the Tropics. Finally, by looking more closely at the lines of longitude, children will develop their understanding of time zones.

P.E.

Term 3

In P.E., we will be focusing on Athletics due to upcoming Medway School Festivals. During this Athletics unit, children will have the opportunity to develop their existing running, jumping and throwing skills. Throughout the unit they will be trying to improve their own performance as well as helping others to achieve their personal best.

GAMES

Games lessons will then focus on developing upon our Tag Rugby skills. This ‘Tag Rugby’ unit will aim to develop the skills that players need to play both defensively and offensively as a tag rugby player. The children will learn how to catch and throw while both stationary and on the move. They will develop their skills of tagging and sidestepping as well as making tactical decisions about when to make passes and tags.

Term 4

In Term 4, we will start our swimming lessons at Medway Park alongside Year 3. Further information will follow.

Maths

Over Terms 3 and 4, we will be working on our understandings of Number, Geometry, Fractions, Measurement and Statistics.

Times Tables are of a great importance to your children’s learning this year. Due to an update in the National Curriculum, there will be an online multiplication tables check for all Year 4 pupils. This will be administered by schools towards the end of the 2019/20 academic year. Guidelines specify that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4. I will ensure to prioritise tables practise weekly, but would appreciate any support that you can provide your child with at home too.

Literacy

We will be continuing to follow the Power of Reading Scheme for all Literacy lessons in addition to weekly Comprehension and SPAG. We will also be trialling Whole Class Reading over the next two terms in attempt to target the children’s confidence and enjoyment in reading and comprehension. This will enable all children to be heard read by myself, every week, in a reading aloud context. In doing so, the children will also be able to work on their Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Evidencing and Retrieval (VIPER) skills, whilst exploring a topic based, realistic-fiction text.

Art /DT

Our current Art topic is ‘European Art’. We are using the topic as a way to build upon key skills, with a key emphasis on the work of Artists over time.

Music

In Year 4, we are fortunate enough to have a Mrs Nicholas, a trained music teacher and Parent helper, kindly volunteer to give up some of her Friday morning to allow us an exciting music lesson week after week. We have started the term by taking a look at the ‘Musical Elements’, in order to apply some of what we learn in the development of our Passion Service practice.

MFL

Mrs Jones will be continuing to teach the children French this term. They will be revising their understanding of Number and Colour, before moving on to study Direction.

Computing

This term we will use our computing lessons to explore ‘Online Safety’. In this unit, children will learn about preventing and dealing with cyberbullying; how to use search engines efficiently; how to avoid plagiarism online; and how to be a good digital citizen.

Spelling tests will continue to be held on a Monday and all homework is outlined by the children’s individual homework booklets.

If you have any worries, concerns or questions about your child and/or their learning, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks, Miss Warren.