Morpurgo's new topic is `Turn it up!' We will use this topic as the springboard to subjects across the curriculum.
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
1. The subjects of the curriculum – The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
2. Personal development – The characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
3. International understanding – This will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
During this unit we will be focusing on Science, Technology and International.
In Science, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• How sounds are made
• How to change sounds
• How sounds travel to the ear
• About the volume of sounds
• About sound and noise
• How shadows are formed
• Where light comes from
In Technology, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• How to make a wind instrument
In International, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• About music in different cultures and countries
• About the harmful effects of light pollution
Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of english, maths, science, RE and music will be interwoven with our topic learning. In English we will be developing our persuasive writing as well as writing our 500 Word Story entries. In Numeracy, be exploring shape, multiplication, coordinates and time. During this term Year 4 will continue their French sessions, learning lots of new vocabulary through songs and games. We will also be finishing off our Sikhism topic during RE and learning ‘Lean on me’ during our music lessons.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
Talk with your child about different forms of sound and light (natural and manmade) and what makes them happen. You could ﬁnd out how we are able to hear and see from reference books or the Internet. Your child could create sounds from everyday objects and, if possible, learn to play a simple tune on a musical instrument.
If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm.
Importantly, this term we will be continuing to develop our independence in our work and reflection. Please encourage your child to be independent with their choices at home and this will pay dividends in the classroom. I hope your child will have lots of fun and be happy and enthusiastic in their learning this term.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call in and see me after school or call the office to make an appointment.
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When reading with your child at home it is important that they understand what they’re reading. Use these questions to help question your child:
Please comment in your child's diary each time you read with them. Pupils will also have the opportunity to bring a book home from the school library. Please make sure children have their books available to read everyday.
Pupils will be set homework on a Wednesday and Friday. On Friday the homework will consist of spellings and times tables. On a Wednesday homework will be set that will consist of an area of the curriculum. The children will be able to access this through Google Classroom or in the homework book. In addition to this, each child will be expected to complete their daily work program on DoodleMaths.