Welcome back everybody, we hope that you've had a fantastic Easter Holiday. We are really looking forward to getting stuck into another fun-filled half term in Phoenix Class!
For our Maths this half term, we will be continuing to focus on decimals, moving on to money, then time. We will encourage children to attempt our 99 Club challenges and TT Rockstars battles as well as daily Flashback 4s to encourage retention.
In English, we will begin by writing adventure stories, set in a rainforest. This will develop our understanding in using adverbials, possessive apostrophes and punctuation to add emphasis within our writing. For the rest of half term, we will write a persuasive letter about saving our world's rainforests. The children will learn how to include text specific adverbials and conjunctions.
In our Whole Class Reading for this half term, the pupils will study texts from the Year 3/4 Reading Spine. These daily sessions will continue to follow our Whole Class Reading structure, where the children will get the opportunity to develop the skills of understanding vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, sequencing and summarising. In addition to this, pupils will have 20 minutes of silent reading each day. During these sessions, adults will listen to pupils read aloud to promote fluency and to check comprehension. AR quizzes will be taken once a child has finished a book to also check for understanding and to ensure that your child is reading an appropriate book at the right level. The children will also have the chance to listen to their chosen class book at the end of each day.
In Geography, the children will be using atlases to locate rain forests around the world, learning how to identify and describe the weather and climate of a rainforest, what the layers of the rainforest are and also the different plants within the layers of a rainforest.
For RE, the children will be answering the question 'what is it like for people to follow God?" within our Understanding Christianity People of God unit.
For PE, we will be focussing on gymnastics. Children will work with a partner to create a routine involving symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes, as well as travel and transitions.
For our Music lessons, we will be completing our next Charanga unit focused around Exploring Our Environment, where children will be learning how to play the notes C, D, E, F and G on the glockenspiel. Pupils will be improvising and composing.
For French this half term, we will be looking at fruit and vegetables, where the children will learn how to listen and respond to key phrases.
In Design Technology, our focus will be on Clothing and Textiles and the skill of sewing. The children will get the opportunity to plan, design, create and evaluate a product in groups.
During our Computing lessons, we will be learning all about effective searching, how to use search browsers effectively to locate information and to assess whether an information source is true and reliable.
In PSHCE, our pupils will on Making Me, encouraging children to reflect on what forms a person's identify, exploring how medias and advertising can shape our views and ideas. We will encourage pupils to think how the feel valuable as a person and learn all about healthy self-esteem. The children will also learn about My World, Your World, thinking about how their actions can affect others both physically and emotionally, including consequences and resulting outcomes from specific decisions.