Class Teacher: Ben Mali Macfadyen
For our history learning this term we are exploring life in Victorian times. This was an era of incredible innovation, vision, and learning. It was also a time of great inequality and challenge. Both have shaped our modern lives in the UK and the world in countless ways.
With a focus on biography writing and portrait drawing, we are exploring the stories of lives that shaped the past and how they have left their mark on our world today, through rich experiences including art, biography writing, and visits in the community.
Our PE days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children are to arrive at school dressed in their PE kit on these days, with a school jumper.
We will be outside learning as much as we possibly can this term so, please ensure children have their wellies or old shoes and a waterproof coat in school each day. On a Tuesday we have a full reading and outdoor learning lesson in the forest area, so children should come to school with suitable outdoor clothing. They still need to wear a school jumper when in class.
Developing a love of reading is a vital part of our school ethos. We read every day in class and talk about the amazing ways that words can change us and the world around us. In order to ensure children in Willow class are making good progress in reading, it is vital that they also read at home for at least 10-15 minutes per day with an adult, and that this reading is logged in their reading record. Children need to bring their reading book and reading record to school every day where they will be checked by the teacher.
For further comprehension practice, after completing a book, children are to quiz on Accelerated Reader at school or at home.
Why not try reading one of Mr Mali’s top reads from the top shelf in the book corner?
Or, look here for some more recommended reads.
In Year 4 we are having a big push on the learning of times tables in preparation for our multiplication check in June. We have also been getting our head around a lot of new decimals learning. Children can practise these key areas including their individual targets on Times Table Rockstars, MyMaths or Hit The Button.
Each Friday, the children are set a homework task on MyMaths to complete by the following Friday.
Spelling rules from our weekly spelling lessons can be practised on Spelling Shed ahead of our weekly spelling quiz each Friday. A paper copy of the spelling list is sent home every week on a Monday. I recommend that the children learn their list of spellings by practising for 5-10 minutes at home each night. Please see the spelling menu for a list of suggested ways to practise.
Additional homework will be set via Class Dojo.