GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Ramanujan (Year 4)

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Ramanujan (Year 3)

Class teacher: Ms Marriott

Learning Assistants: Mr Clark and Ms Ralls

Welcome!

Welcome to another term in Year 4! We are all looking forward to a great Spring term partnering with you and your child in their learning and development. We are anticipating another busy term, hoping to utilise the outside area as much as possible now that the weather will be getting warmer. This curriculum newsletter will inform you of key information to help you support your child’s learning.

 

Uniform and water bottles

Please make sure your child is wearing the correct school uniform and that it is clearly labelled to avoid confusion. Uniform guidelines are outlined on the school website – please contact the school office if you have any questions. Please remember that ties should be worn every day.

All children should also bring a labelled water bottle – containing water only – to school every day. A hydrated body means a higher functioning mind.

 

PE

Our usual PE days this term are Tuesday and Thursday.

Indoor PE: Health and fitness

Outdoor PE:  Golf

Jewellery: A reminder that only stud earrings and wristwatches may be worn to school. Earrings must be removed or covered for PE. Children should not wear bracelets to school.

 

Homework

Children will have one homework book which will be used for all homework. They will have weekly spellings and maths homework. The maths homework will be set using the website Timetables Rock Stars. If you have any queries about the homework please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. Homework will be collected in each Thursday and given out on a Friday.

Times Table Rock Stars

Longford Park Primary School is signed up to the Times Tables Rock Stars programme to support your child with their multiplication and division facts. The curriculum states that all children should be able to recall accurately their multiplication and division facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. Therefore, daily times table practice is crucial. When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more fluent they are with their facts the easier they will access other aspects of the curriculum.  For their maths homework, children are expected to complete at least 20 games (or 20 minutes) in garage mode on Times Table Rock Stars. Certificates will be awarded to children in celebration assembly for progress and for completing their homework.

Topic Homework Menus

Children will have a termly topic menu with additional homework options based on our STEAM curriculum. We would love if all children could bring in at least one piece of homework that is based on our STEAM topic each term. STEAM homework will also be showcased at our showcase at the end of term.

Reading

We expect children to have daily opportunities to read to, or with, someone at home, as well as independently. Reading can include: books, newspapers, magazines, online reading, eBooks, reading tablets, information books, adverts, menus, poems, song lyrics – the list is endless. The important thing is that your child reads regularly (preferably daily!) and enjoys, and is engaged with, the reading!

All children have a reading diary, which they should bring to school in their book bag every day. Please record your child’s reading (as well as any additional comments) in the reading diary including the date and, where appropriate, page numbers.

 

 Curriculum

STEAM

Our STEAM focus is Art. The drivers for this term are Art and History.

Children will design and produce a Viking coin purse with a printed personal monogram.

During this, we will learn how:

  • Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings are the most formative period in British history
  • By the end of the millennium, 1000 AD, the island was divided into the three recognisable countries of England, Scotland and Wales.
  • People from other societies have been coming to Britain for a long time
  • The UK consists of those from many backgrounds and places of origin all of which have made their contribution to this country

To enable children to be successful, we will focus on the following:

  • Identify key events and changes within a period of history 
  • Take part in a Viking Workshop
  • Understand the importance of artefacts in deducing information about the past 
  • Explain how the last Anglo-Saxon kings shaped Britain 
  • Compare significance of Anglo-Saxon kings during the Viking invasions 
  • Research and interpret monograms 
  • Explore reflection 
  • Experiment with a range of printing techniques 
  • Explore a range of sewing techniques
  • Use research to inform my design  
  • Join fabrics together using different techniques
  • Evaluate own work and those of others  

 

Maths

Continuing with multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100

Applying place-value knowledge to known additive and multiplicative number facts (scaling facts by 100).

Times tables 11 and 12 (By the end of Year 4, children should be able to recall all multiplication table facts and related division facts).

Symmetry in 2D shapes

  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles based on their properties and sizes
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations
  • Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry
  • Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size

Time

  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12-hour clocks
  • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days

 

Writing

A Persuasive Advert

We will be focusing on writing a narrative based on stories from other cultures. To be successful, children will develop their skills and knowledge of applying a variety of literary devices including:

  • Note-taking
  • Planning using a story mountain, boxed-up plan and flow chart
  • Form and use simple past-tense
  • Select and apply chosen vocabulary to convey atmosphere in a setting description
  • Use similes to describe a setting
  • Form and use adverbials
  • Write in the third person perspective
  • Use speech to convey atmosphere
  • Plan and write an alternative resolution and ending

A recount

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkpvbdm

 

 

Reading

This term, we will be focusing on Varjak Paw by S.F Said. Varjak Paw is a pampered kitten whose family have lived in the Contessa’s home for generations. One day a mysterious gentleman and two fearsome black cats arrive and Varjak is forced to venture outside the walls and fend for himself in the mean streets below. Luckily the Elder Paw has taught him ‘the Way’, a secret martial art for cats.

Week 1/2:

  • Use diagrams to summarise a text
  • Retrieve specific facts from the text accurately
  • Use vocabulary to decide whether something is fact or opinion
  • Identify and retrieve examples of different literary techniques used
  • Consider specific details to write a summary

Week 3/4:

  • Make a prediction using both evidence from the text and personal experience
  • Retrieve words and phrases that indicate the writer’s point of view
  • Retrieve key details from a text
  • Respond to a theme in a text
  • Make comparisons between characters from how they react to similar situations
  • Explore an author’s intent when depicting characters

 

Week 5/6:

  • Make comparisons by drawing evidence from the text and images
  • Retrieve and use synonyms to support understanding of texts
  • Use a process of elimination to answer multiple-choice questions
  • Draw upon knowledge of text to explore different themes
  • Summarise a section of a text
  • Use the text to inspire own ideas

 

Computing

This term’s focus is on Data Logging

  • L 1: Answering questions
  • L 2: Data collection
  • L 3: Logging
  • L 4: Analysing data
  • L 5: Data for answers
  • L 6: Answering my question

 

HRE

We will learn:

Theme – Safeguarding our Relationships

  1. Learning about why someone may behave differently online, including pretending to be someone they are not. Strategies for recognising risks, harmful content and contact. How to report concerns. How to respond safely and appropriately to adults they may encounter (in all contexts including online) whom they do not know. Where to get advice and report concerns if worried about their own or someone else’s personal safety (including online).
  2. Recognise different types of physical contact, what is acceptable and unacceptable. Strategies to respond to unwanted physical contact to acknowledge and respect others’ boundaries without question.

 

Theme – Respecting self and others

  1. To recognise the importance of self-respect and how this can affect their thoughts about themselves. That everyone, including them, should expect to be treated politely and with respect by others (including when online and/or anonymous) in school and in wider society. Strategies to improve or support courteous, respectful relationships.
  2. Learn about respecting the differences and similarities between people and recognising what they have in common with others e.g physically, in personality or background. How to discuss and debate topical issues, respect other people’s point of view including those they disagree with.

 

Music

Using the Charanga music programme, we will focus on the Gospel song ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers and develop the following skills:

  • Listen and Appraise
  • Participate in a variety of warm-up games
  • Sing
  • Play the glockenspiel and recorder to the tune of the song.
  • Perform the song in groups.       

 

MFL

French

Theme – Family and Friends

  • L1: Meet my family – children will learn to identify family members.
  • L2: Pets – Learn vocabulary about pets and use gestures to help us to remember.
  • L3: Alphabet – Learning songs to help with pronunciation and learning of vocabulary.
  • L4: What’s his name? - Use a range of vocabulary including ‘il’ and ‘elle’ for ‘he’ and ‘she’ to create different sentences.
  • L6: - How do you spell? Use French pronunciation of the alphabet to spell words.
  • L6: My home – make new sentences about homes by substituting different vocabulary.

 

PE

Indoor P.E – Health and Fitness

We will be taking part in a variety of fitness activities including circuits to keep us fit and healthy, whilst understanding the importance of fitness and it’s impact upon our bodies.

L1: To show a simple warm up or cool down and explain why it is important

L2: To explain how I feel when active. 

L3: To explain what my muscles, heart and lungs do during exercise and their importance 

L4: To explain why 5-a-day is important and exercise to my friends. 

L5: To perform exercises correctly to develop fitness.

L6: To complete a range of activities for a sustained period of time

 

Outdoor PE Golf:

L1: I can hold the club correctly.  

L2: I can talk about the use of the different clubs. 

L3: I can hit the ball for distance.  

L4: I can putt the ball towards a target.  

L5: I can design a simple crazy golf course.

L6: I can communicate and lead my class in different activities

RE

This term’s big question is: Is it always wrong to lie?

  • L 1: Is it always easy to be honest?
  • L 2: Explain secular beliefs about the Plagues of Egypt
  • L 3: How does privacy keep us safe?
  • L 4: Compare the beliefs of the Abrahamic religions around the Plagues of Egypt
  • L 5: Do lies always have consequences?
  • L 6: Understand that sacred texts can be interpreted literally or non-literally

 

Climate Change Day

Towards the end of each term, we have Climate Change Day. During this, children learn about possible causes of Climate Change and ways in which people can contribute towards environmentally friendly behaviours as well as taking part in fun, educational activities.

 

 

Key Dates

  • Viking workshop (TBC) Monday 21st March 2022
  • World Book Day (come as your favourite book character - £1 donation to raise funds for the school library) - Thursday 3rd March

 

Thank you for your continued support – we are looking forward to an exciting term ahead and partnering with you in your child’s learning and development.

 

Miss Marriott

Useful links:

TTRockstars

Numbots