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Year 4 Morpurgo Class

Miss Willer

                                                       

Spring Term 2021

                                                       

Over the next four weeks Morpurgo class will be following a unit of work called `How humans work’

 

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 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 – 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:

  • That we need light in order to see
  • How human teeth compare to animal teeth
  • How our body uses food and water
  • How our heart works to keep us alive
  • All about skeletons and muscles
  • About the human life cycle
  • Why exercise is good for us
  • How tobacco and alcohol harm the body
  • Which foods keep us healthy and why

 

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan and prepare a healthy meal

 

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About people’s health problems
  • If we can improve the health of the world's children

 

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

 

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 looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts and developing our understanding of descriptive vocabulary. In Numeracy, be exploring fractions, problem solving and properties of shape.

 

During this term Year 4 will continue their French sessions, learning lots of new vocabulary through songs and games. We will also be exploring Sikhism during RE, looking at places of worship and festivals. In RHSE we will be looking at the unit ‘Keeping Myself Safe’ – during this unit we will have a closer look at online safety and relationships. 

 

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.

 

Show your child how to brush, floss and take care of their teeth. Help your child to find out how the heart works and how their pulse is a measure of how hard their heart is working. Discuss as a family, how you can eat healthily and get lots of exercise.

 

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

PE takes place on 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. For health and safety reasons, earrings and watches should be removed for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up. The children will need to arrive at school in their PE kit and will wear it all day.

 

Importantly, this term we will developing 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.

 

In Morpurgo, across the week, we have Mr Woolin, Mrs Hatchman and Miss Smith helping us with our learning. 

 

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.

Kind regards,

 

Miss Willer

 

Reading Books

 

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:

  1. What has happened so far?
  2. Who are the main characters?
  3. What have you learnt from what you have read? (Non-Fiction)

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.

 

Homework

 

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.

 

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