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Hawkstone class

Class Teacher- Miss Rebecca Lewis

Teaching assistants- Miss Vicki Edwards 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  Summer 2022

Welcome back to Hawkstone class! I hope you have all had a relaxing Easter break with your family and friends! I am very excited about this term because we have lots of fantastic learning planned for you!

This term our topic is called ‘Buried Treasure’. We will launch our topic with a huge History and DT focus. We will begin by looking at different civilisations and placing these on a timeline, we will make links to what we have learnt already. Then we will dive straight into Viking life! We will begin with an introduction to the Vikings, looking at who they were and were they came from. Children will have a secure understanding about where the Vikings settled and why.  We will then learn about Viking weapons and ships, focusing on invasion and conflict. Children will write a newspaper article about the Vikings raid at Lindisfarne! We will end our topic celebrating a 'Viking Day'. 

 

English

Our English lessons are always linked to a specific genre. At the start of the block of lessons on that genre, you will complete a ‘have a go write’ so I can find out what you know or have remembered from previous year groups or pervious terms in year 4. You will then learn how to write using that genre at year four level. By the end of that block of learning you will complete a ‘learn as you go’ whereby you put together everything you have learnt into one piece of work. We will then edit it using a success criteria for that genre and finally complete your ‘show me what you know’ write!

 

Don’t forget to look at the English section of our website to see if you have featured on the ‘Writer of the Week’ page! 

 

The genres we will be covering this term are linked to our theme and are; Diaries, newspaper report and Non-chronological reports!

 

 

                                          Maths

In Maths this term, we are learning about fractions and decimals. We will be using the white rose planning to inform our learning. Children will explore fractions using Cuisenaire rods and a fraction wall. They will learning about equivalent fractions and adding/subtracting. We will also be revisiting methods learnt from our previous terms, to keep these on the boil! 

 

The children will frequently be presented with a challenge or a problem solving activity, linked to the lesson that aims to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. These problems will link to the seven important problem solving skills; trial and improvement, working systematically, pattern spotting, working backwards, reasoning logically, visualising and conjecturing.

 

Don't forget!

  • Reading book and home link book (every day).
  • PE is on Wednesdays and Fridays - children will need to bring in their full PE kit at the beginning of term. It must then stay in school until the end of term. A full PE kit includes; a white t-shirt, black or blue shorts or trousers and trainers or pumps.
  • Please access TT rock stars from home it will help with learning your tables.
  • Spelling is also a huge focus- use spelling shed to support you with your home learning.
  • Multiplication tables - Speed testing https://www.timestables.co.uk/1-minute-test/
  • https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading

 

During the school day the children will take part in a teacher led guided reading session. As well as studying Non-fiction texts, this half term we will be reading 'The Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson. Whilst enjoying the story we will also be honing various reading skills summed up in the acronym

 

VIPERS:

Vocabulary

Inference

Prediction

Explanation

Retrieval

Summarise

 

Aim to hear your child read at home three times a week and consider asking questions that are linked to our VIPERS reading skills. Use the link below for a handy help sheet!

 

VIPERS Questions

In our classroom the children have access to high quality texts that are banded and updated on a regular basis. In home school link book, myself and Miss Edwards will set tasks for your children to complete that link to the above skills. Children will also have the opportunity to read their own school reading book independently throughout the week.

If your child needs to self-isolate, please have a look at the following websites to support your child's home learning.

 

https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary 

 

https://teachcomputing.org/curriculum/key-stage-2

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/parent-resources

 

https://www.ncetm.org.uk/in-the-classroom/teaching-maths-through-the-pandemic/primary-video-lessons/ (note these lessons may not be in line with our planned work but can be used for consolidation of fractions)

 

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-4

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/audio-stories/zh3t2sg

 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/fun-at-home-with-authors-and-illustrators/

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