Welcome to Hawkings Class!
Teacher: Mrs Singh
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Bunting and Mrs Dunmall
We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break! It has been brilliant to hear the stories from the children about their holidays. Below is an overview of our learning journey for this term.
In Maths, we will be focussing on Fractions and Time. Children will be learning about proper fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. They will explore equivalent fractions and will learn strategies to find fractions of shapes, amounts and set of objects. They will also add and subtract fractions with the same denominators. They will have opportunities to sharpen their reasoning skills by solving problems involving fractions. They will read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks. They will also solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes to seconds and from years to months to days.
In our English learning journey, we will be looking at Anthony Browne's book called "Zoo" as a discussion text and children will develop skills in writing a balanced argument and using language for a diary entry. We will also be reading book called "The Firework Maker's Daughter" by Phillip Pullman to understand stories from different cultures. Children will investigate how fireworks have been represented by well-known artists, e.g. Nocturne in Black and Gold and Nocturne in Blue and Gold by James McNeill Whistler and will create their own versions of the art.
In Science, our focus for this term is Sound. Children will be taught to work scientifically and identify how sounds are made. They will recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear and sound gets fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. They will also find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it. It will also include finding patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
In Topic, we will be developing children’s knowledge of Britain’s early invaders and settlers with our focus in history of Viking culture, chronology and key events. Within this topic we will go back in history to understand Viking life, their beliefs and weaponry.
Music/Art and DTwill be linked to Topic and science. Children will explore music across a range of historical periods and cultures. They will listen to various instruments, decide which ones they prefer and understand how music is created, produced and communicated. The children will be using a range of materials creatively to design and make a Viking boat
PE will be on a Monday and Tuesday. For this term, children will have swimming on a Monday morning from 9.45-10.45 am and we will return to school in good time for lunch. They will need a waterproof bag for their swimming kit with named trunks/swimsuits, towels, hairbrush, hair bands for long hair, a swimming hat and goggles. If they have a verruca, they will need verruca socks. Please note earrings need to be removed before school on that day and no jewellery is allowed.
Homework will be sent once a week on Wednesday, it will include spelling, reading task, English worksheet and Maths activities. The children should bring the completed homework the following Monday. In addition, Topic homework will last over the term in the form of a project. At the end of each term we will have a ‘Topic Gallery’ where children will have the opportunity to share their hard work and be praised for their efforts! Your support is greatly appreciated with all of these homework activities. We will always be available to support them should they need any help.
We will continue to use the Home School Contact Book as a main method of communication. We very much have an ‘open door’ policy in our class room, so please do not hesitate to come in if there is anything you would like to discuss.
In addition, we will have our open day on 7th February 2020, when you will have an opportunity to see your child's work and celebrate their efforts and achievements!
Upcoming Residential Trip!
Young Chefs at work!
Scrumptious Stir Fry!
Year 4 cooked Chinese stir fry with chicken and vegetables, which was the most favourite dish so far! Everyone relished the noodles and chicken coated with soya sauce. It was the perfect way to warm us up on a cold Wednesday morning.
Welcome back to an exciting new year! We hope that you all had a wonderful summer break!
Wonderful Topic homework by children!