Goldfinches 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Goldfinches Class
Mrs Evans and Mrs O'Marah are the class teachers and Mrs Brennan is our Teaching Assistant.
To begin with this term, our class text is Gorilla by Anthony Browne. We will be using this text to help us recap some of the reading and writing objectives from Y3 and to begin to learn more about how to use expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and paragraphs.
During our shared reading sessions we will be developing the skills of: retrieval, inference, word meaning, summarising, predicting, text structure, language and making comparisons.
We will be using a range of both fiction and non-fiction texts to help us explore these skills.
Spellings will be set each week and tested the following week. We will send examples of a variety of ways of practising spellings. In class we will work through the Read Write Inc Spelling scheme which is progressive across school. We will also be focusing on the Y3/4 statutory spellings (Please see attached file below) Each half term will focus on a different column and we will re-test these at the end of the half term.
In Maths we will begin with Place Value activities where we will be ordering and comparing 4-digit numbers. We will make links with our ancient Rome and Ancient Greece topic to explore negative number lines with BC and AD timelines. We will learn to round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and count on and back in steps of 25, 50, 1000.
We will follow place value with addition and subtraction methods which will include problem solving and reasoning questions.
Our focus times table is 6x table and on Fridays Mrs O'Marah will also be reviewing the times tables covered in Y2 and Y3 (2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 8x) All the children now have a TTRockstars login in their diary so please encourage them to have a go a few times a week. The children will be tested each week on the focus times table and will progress through the Bronze, Silver and Gold system.
This term the topics are Digestion, Teeth and Sound and will be taught on a Friday by Mrs O'Marah. Some computing lessons will also make links with the Digestion topic.
Our theme for the year is Choices which will focus on Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece this term. Through Geography, History, Art, and DT and Computing we will be researching and comparing Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece and looking at the legacy they left behind. In november we are looking forward to taking part in a full day Greek themed workshop and then in January, we will be visiting Chester Grosvenor Museum to help bring the Roman aspect of the topic to life.
This half term the class will focus on outdoor games with Mr Ault on a Monday morning and Cricket with the external coaches on a Wednesday afternoon. After half term the focus will be Gymnastics and Dance.
Please ensure all kit is in school on these days, long hair is tied back and earrings can either be removed by your child or covered with tape.
Goldfinches will continue to have Ukelele lessons with Dan on a Thursday afternoon.
Mrs Judge will teach a German lesson each week.