Goldfinches 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Goldfinches Class
Mrs Evans, Mrs Whittingham and Miss Randles can't wait for you to join the Goldfinch team!
Mrs Evans will teach Tuesday-Fridays and Mrs Whittingham will teach Mondays.
We will begin the term exploring 'Counting on Katherine' by Helaine Becker and learn to write a fact file and short biography.
Later in the term, our class book ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne will help us improve our setting description and we will write our own version of the story.
‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Grahame Baker-Smith will take us on a magical journey to help us write a recount and diary entries.
During our shared reading lessons, we will focus on increasing our vocabulary and understanding of an increasing range of words.
We will use both fiction and non-fiction texts to improve our ability to predict, retrieve, infer and deduce and learn to comment on the author’s intent, purpose and viewpoint.
We will promote the love of reading through daily sessions of quiet independent reading where the children will have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Please continue to support your child to read at home daily and in Year 4 it is so important that you continue to read aloud to them.
We will continue to follow the Read Write Inc Spelling scheme with spellings from these lessons sent home weekly for parents to support. In class we focus on practising spellings through a range of games and activities.
Some weeks may focus on topic or subject specific words for the children to learn.
We will continue to practise the Y3/4 statutory words (Attached below). Each half term we will focus on a column of words.
Spellings to learn at home will be set and tested weekly.
We will begin with understanding the place value of 4 digit numbers then move on to addition, subtraction and problem solving later in the term.
We will continue to teach weekly arithmetic lessons which will focus on developing fluency in a range of mathematical areas.
The times tables will begin with will be a recap of the x3, x4, x8 tables and we will add x6 tables. We will have weekly tests in addition to lots of games and activities which will support the children to learn the times tables fluently.
Children will progress through Bronze (in order) Silver (out of order) and Gold (division facts) and you will be informed of your child’s progress with a sticker in their diary.
Look out for the TTRockstars sticker in your child’s diary.
This is our class theme for the year. We will consider the Legacy of Lockdown, the Legacy left behind by the people of Ancient Greece and Rome and the Legacy we would like to leave to our future ancestors.
All Together Now
This is our whole school topic for the first half term which will celebrate us being reunited as a class and as a school. Team games, mindfulness and circle times will all help us to get to know each other again and Art projects will help us celebrate our team spirit and togetherness.
History and Geography
After half term we will study the geography and history of the people of Ancient Greece to investigate what their legacy was and why they are such an important people to find out about. We will use Art, Drama and Dance to help us explore their culture in more detail.
Science this term is Electricity. We will look at dangers and safety as well as learning about the components needed to make simple circuits.
After half term we will explore how sounds are made and how they travel.
The first RE topic is the Holy Trinity which Mrs Whittingham will teach on Mondays.
PE will be on Mondays this term. On PE days your child will come to school wearing their PE uniform and remain in it all day.
Please remember all long hair must be tied back and earrings either covered with tape or removed at home.