Welcome to Year 4- Mrs Neesam's Class
This term, we will be studying Water (Geography focused unit). Within this centre of learning, children will begin to realise the importance of location in understanding water distribution and recognise how the presence or absence of water can change the character of places.
We will focus on the issue of wasting water and what happens once it has been used. This concept will be reinforced through a home activity link whereby children will be asked to keep a record of water usage at home on a daily basis for one week. They will be producing posters to encourage others to save water.
We will learn about the stages of the water cycle, the world's most famous rivers and the importance of clean water and plentiful supply. Children will have the opportunity to make a water filter and study the causes of water pollution.
We will enhance our study of Water through Literacy, reading and discussing stories that raise issues e.g. conservation of wildlife, pollution and drought. Our artist study will feature Monet and his most famous painting, 'Waterlillies'
We will complete the topic through contemporary dance and choreograph our own version of Swan Lake!
The creative overview below shows you how Art, D.T. Geography, ICT and Music link when teaching the theme.
Children will choose a reading book each week and they will be able to change it as soon as the reading record has been signed. Please spend time with your child discussing the setting, characters and plot to further their understanding of the text.
Children are asked to bring their reading book and record to school on a daily basis as this will enable me to provide a comment based on progress made and to inform you when your child has taken part in Guided Reading sessions.
Homework will be set each Friday and should be completed and returned in the folder provided the following Friday. Weekly homework will include a Numeracy based activity to reinforce learning which has taken place during the week and a spelling sheet. The children will be tested each Friday on the spelling words and they will be assessed on times table facts. From time to time, research tasks will be sent home to support our Creative learning.
P.E. sessions take place each Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure full P.E. is brought to school and that items are clearly labelled. This half term children will enjoy a unit on Swimming and Cricket.