Blossom Class - Year 4/5
Hello everyone and welcome to Blossom Class!
We are sure you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to returning to school! Myself, Mr Riley and Mrs Cole cannot wait to see all your smiling faces! I also can't wait to hear all of the exciting stories about what you got up to over the holidays.
Our new topic
I am so excited about our next topic! This half term our topic is called God Save the Queen, and will continue until Easter!
Over the next 12 weeks we will learn all about the three famous ruling queens. This half term we will focus on Queen Elizabeth I. We will look at her parentage, the life of someone under her rule, the choices she made as queen and the fashion of the times. We will also study the Spanish Armada.
in addition to this, we will learn all about significant people who lived during Elizabethan times. First we will look at Francis Drake and the impact he had during that time. Then (linking to our English), we will study William Shakespeare and the work he did.
In English, we will be using one of Shakespeare's plays called The Tempest to learn all about playscripts. We will also be studying poetry and write a information text on life in Tudor times.
Our Maths focus this half term is multiplication and division. We will be thinking about the written methods we use to complete large calculations, probelm solving and times tables.
We are continuing to use Doodle Maths and TT Rockstars in school and at home so please ensure all children are logging in a practising at home.
We will be continuing using a whole class teaching approach to Guided Reading, and everyone will be reading 'How To Train Your Dragon' together. Through this we will read out loud, answer questions and work in our Guided Reading books to use retrieval and inference skills.
We also expect everyone to be reading at home most nights, whether this is independently or with an adult. Please can you ensure that your reading records are signed when you read and returned to school in order to be checked. These are checked daily so you can read as many books as possible. The minimum expected is 3 times per week, but praise and prizes are given out if you read 5 or more times a week.
In Science this half term, our focus will be on Sound. We will learn all about the what creates sound, how it travels, and how the human ear works. We will also study how sound can be blocked and the best material to do this.
Our P.E. lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon. Please send your child to school in full PE kit including trainers.
We would like everyone to attend school on a Thursday in their PE kit, as we will be teaching Maths and English in an active way. Please can everyone ensure you have the new PE kits. We are focusing on gymnastics, so it would be good if children could wear shorts as well as their long PE pants.
For homework, you are expected to complete 3 pieces from the homework sheet over the half term. In addition to this, I expect as much home reading to be done as possible (minimum 3 times a week). You are also expected to complete work on TT Rockstars and Doodle Maths. Lastly, spellings will be completed every Tuesday- the spellings are updated weekly on Spelling Shed and put into Class Dojo. Children who improve on their previous score or get full marks will receive a sticker.
We will continue using the class reward system Dojo. You will collect points for a number of things, including perseverance, respect, self-belief and being active and healthy. Each week the winner of the dojo points will get to take home our very own tiger, Tarzan, who came back with us from Knowsley! Over the weekend it would be fantastic if you could take a selfie with Tarzan in an exciting place and be creative with what you do with him.
A last note for parents...
The door is always open in Blossom Class. If you ever have any queries, worries or would like anything explaining, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am always available and will help you in any way I can. Mr Riley is in most afternoons and on Fridays, and Mrs Cole is in every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If you would prefer to speak directly to me, please feel free to contact me through the Dojo system or at the end of the school day, and I will respond to your query or set up a time to speak in person.
I can't wait to see you all, hear all the fantastic things you have done over the holidays and teach you all of the exciting things we have to learn this half term!