Year 4 - Emerald Class

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Our topic in Emerald class for the Spring term is going to be Invaders. Where did the Vikings and Anglo Saxons come from? Where did they invade and settle? How do we know about them? We will work on time lines, map work, completing a quiz, and creative writing exercises. We will begin to appreciate why the Vikings/Anglo-Saxons were successful and able to empathise with the people of Britain who experienced invasion.
We will learn about the beliefs and weapons of the Viking warriors, the design of their longships and about famous Viking leaders and explorers. Construct your own Viking shield and longships.

Throughout the term we will look at the book SkyHawk by Gill Lewis where the children will be able to discover what could happen and show off their writing skills. Throughout this term we will be looking at editing and improving our work through ambitious vocabulary and use of conjunctions to make compound sentences. . Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to develop the atmosphere in your writing. We will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes and common high frequency words.

Throughout the term we will be concentrating on number looking at place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will deepen our learning through real life multi -step problems and use our reasoning skills to show what methods we could use. We will also be developing our understanding of shape and measure and fractions and decimals.

In Science we will be looking at recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. To be able to explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.

Children will create their own jewellery which relates to Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The children will also try and create their own settlements which show what life was like in that era.

Our main PE days this term will be Tuesday and Wednesday but if children could have PE kits in school every day then that would be great. Children will need a t-shirt and shorts for indoor PE and a warm tracksuit or jogging bottoms and jumper with trainers for outdoor PE as we will continue to do outdoor PE in the cold weather!

Homework will be set for children on a Friday and I am asking children to return it on or before the following Wednesday. Homework will usually consist of an English and Maths piece. In addition to this, children will be expected to practise key spellings and consolidate times tables knowledge. Reading is a vital part of children's education. All children will have guided sessions in school. If you could try to hear your child read as often as possible and make a note of this in the 'Home/school diary' then this would be much appreciated and of great benefit to your child.

Forest Schools
A book by Anthony Browne called 'Into the Forest' was used to explain the importance of forest schools through fairy tales and especially Hansel and Gretel as they had to survive in the forest.

The children were asked to think about their own survival bag and what they would pack in their bag to survive! We then looked at what would be the only item they would take with them if they had too!!! We decided maybe flint and steel would be essential so we can make a fire.

We then thought about the importance of a shelter and how you could only survive in extreme conditions for 3 hours without a shelter. We built our own shelter in the school grounds just using the materials in our environment.

Hopefully the children should be able to tell you about the rule of 3 to survive.

World Book Day

The children brought in their favourite books and read a part of the story to the class and discussed why they would recommend it to them. We then started to magpie the phrases and sentences that we had read from a variety of books and use these to help create our own short stories.

Book Challenge

As a class we have set ourselves a challenge to try and read 6 books by the end of April and we will record this in our planner using the sheet 'Books I would like to read'.

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