Year 4 Morpurgo Class
Autumn term 2019
Welcome to the autumn term and an exciting new chapter in yours and your child’s learning journey.
Over the next six weeks Morpurgo class will be following a unit of work called `Footprints from the past’.
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new 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 UK curriculum. 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 – which 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 History, Geography, Science, Art and International.
In History, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• About the different time periods when dinosaurs lived
• How to make a time line
• About fossil hunters from around the world
• About different ideas to explain why the dinosaurs died out
In Geography, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• What the Earth looked like millions of years ago
• Where to look for dinosaur bones
In Science, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• What a fossil is and how a fossil is formed
• About different types of rock
• How to make a dinosaur fossil
• How to ﬁnd out what dinosaurs looked like
• What dinosaurs ate
• How to sort and classify dinosaurs
• About the other animals and plants that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs
In Art, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• About how artists draw dinosaurs
• How to make a sculpture of a dinosaur
• How to make reptile-skin patterns
In International, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• Where dinosaurs have been found
• About the rules of exploration
Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of english, maths, science, RE and music will be interwoven with our topic learning. In Literacy we will be looking at the differences between myths, fables and legends. We will explore characters and settings within myths and have a go at writing our own. In Maths we will begin the term by looking at place value and follow on with the four operations. Our Science topic this term will involve looking at rocks and fossils.
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. Encourage your child’s interest and curiosity in dinosaurs by looking at books and websites together and talking about them.
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.
PE takes place on Monday and Wednesday. The children will require a sky blue polo top with the school badge, plain royal blue shorts, royal blue tracksuit and black or white trainers. P.E kits should be kept in school in case of any timetable changes and will be sent home fortnightly to be washed. For health and safety reasons, earrings and watches should be removed for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.
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.
Please keep checking back for updates.
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 Tuesday 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.