Sycamore Class Year 4/5
Welcome to Sycamore Class!
Miss Brennan - Class teacher Miss Henrich - TA (Mon - Wed) Mrs Clorley - TA (Friday)
This term our topic in geography and history is Volcano! We will be learning about Pompeii and the Romans in history and about volcanos in geography - how they were formed and where they are - improving our locational knowledge by identifying the locations of volcanos on a map. We will study how the Romans lived and what happened when Mt. Vesuvius exploded in 79AD.
Our writing will be linked to our history learning as we are learning how to write a historical narrative, based on the book Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit. We will learn about the features of a historical narrative and about the writing techniques used in one during our Writer's Toolkit lessons before we write our own historical narrative to join our ever growing Sycamore Class writing folder which the children enjoy reading during reading for pleasure time.
I maths, we are beginning the term learning about area of shapes. We will then move onto multiplication and division, focussing on both mental and formal written methods. After that, the children will begin their learning about fractions.
Sycamore class do PE on Wednesdays. Please make sure that your child has full PE kit in school - black shorts, plain white top and trainers or pumps. When the weather is cold, they may bring plain black tracksuit trousers and a sweatshirt to wear over the top of their PE kit. It is fine for your child to bring in their PE kit on a Monday and take it home on a Friday so that you always know they have it if they need it.
Our forest school sessions will be linked to what the children are learning in class. If we are going to be going into the forest, I will send a message to let you know when so that you can send your child in with their forest school kit - old, warm and waterproof clothes and wellies or old trainers. A plastic bag for dirty shoes is useful to make it easy for your child to take their clothes home.
It is expected that your child will read each night. Their learning journals come home each night and reading can be recorded in these. Listening to your child read each night will greatly improve their reading ability. Please make sure you sign the learning journal each week. Their learning journals are checked each day and each time your child reads at home, they get a tick to go towards their reading rainbow and the prize of choosing a book to keep!
Spelling homework is set each week on a Monday and is due in on the Friday. Spelling tests take place on a Friday each week. The spellings are linked to Spelling Shed where your child can access their personal spelling list and play games to practise their spellings at home.
It is important that your child learns their times tables. They need to know all times tables facts up to 12 x 12. TT Rockstars is a great way to practise these.