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: Mr McLeod

Learning Assistants: Mrs Robbins and Mrs Bland

Welcome! 

Welcome back for a new school year! We are all so excited to catch up with you all and begin our new Year 4 journey together and hope your child is looking forward to being in Year 4 too. 

As ever this term will be a busy one, packed full of exciting learning. Within this curriculum newsletter there is some key information to help you support your child’s learning. 

PE 

Our usual PE days this term are Monday (outdoor) and Wednesday (indoor). Please can your child bring a suitable PE kit to school every Monday. PE kits can stay in class and will come home after the last PE lesson of each week to be washed.  

Indoor PE: Children will need shorts and a plain t-shirt in their house colour and suitable indoor footwear. 

Outdoor PE:  Children will need green jogging bottoms, a plain t-shirt in their house colour, a plain jumper and suitable outdoor footwear. 

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. 

 

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!  

 

Curriculum 

STEAM 

This term our STEAM focus is Maths and we will be answering the following question: ‘Can I create, carry out an experiment and present my data in a variety of different ways?’ 

As our final product, the children will be creating a bird bath using clay. To achieve this outcome, this term we will be learning about the following: 

  • Comparing states of matter 

  • Investigate the relationship between solids liquids and gases 

  • Observe changes in states of matter 

  • Understand the water cycle  

  • Creating a design brief  

  • Exploring 3D modelling skills 

  • Develop design ideas  

  • Create a prototype 

  • Test and evaluate a prototype 

  • Create a purposeful and functional final product 

  • Test and evaluate a product 

English 

Persuasive Writing 

In this unit, we will be writing an advert to encourage people to reconsider their purchase of single use plastics. To achieve this, the following will be taught: 

  • Use superlatives to exaggerate your points. 

  • Include catchy slogans and direct reader address. 

  • Include rhetorical questions and direct reader address. 

  • Use presentational and organizational features to emphasise specific information. 

  • Deliberately select powerful vocabulary to entice the reader. 

 

A narrative. 

In this unit, we will be writing a short story tomorrow. 

 

Maths 

In Maths we will begin with column addition and subtraction.  We will then focus on place value, specifically learning to: 

  • add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate   

  • estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation   

  • solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why. 

  • find 1000 more or less than a given number   

  • recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones)  

  • order and compare numbers beyond 1000   

  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations   

  • round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000   

  • solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers 

Computing 

In Computing we will be learning about systems and networks. Within this unit the children will develop their skills and knowledge to understand the following objectives: 

  • To describe how networks physically connect to other networks 

  • To recognise how networked devices make up the internet 

  • To outline how websites can be shared via the World Wide Web 

  • To describe how content can be added and accessed on the World Wide Web 

  • To recognise how the content of the WWW is created by people 

  • To evaluate the consequences of unreliable content 

HRE 

This term, the focus of our HRE learning is: Health and Wellbeing, the children will learn: 

  • how to recognise that habits can have both positive and negative effects on a healthy lifestyle. 

  • the benefits of the internet; the importance of balancing time online with other activities. 

  • the benefits of sun exposure (Vitamin D and its associated links to wellbeing) and risks of overexposure (sun stroke, permanent irreparable damage to skin, skin cancer); how to keep safe from sun damage and sun/heat stroke. 

  • about everyday things that affect feelings and the importance of expressing feelings 

  • about how to express feelings in different ways; how to manage and respond to feelings appropriately and proportionately in different situations. 

  • to recognise early warning signs about mental health and wellbeing and how to seek support 

Music  

Using the Charanga music programme, we will focus on the popular music song ‘Mamma Mia’ and develop the following skills: 

  • Warm Up Games (including vocal warm ups) 

  • Flexible Games (optional extension work)  

  • Learn to Sing the Song  

  • Play Instruments with the Song  

  • Improvise with the Song  

MFL 

This term we will learn vocabulary and sentences related to ‘All around town’. The children will learn to:  

  • name some of the major cities of France;  

  •  identify and say typical amenities to be found in French towns 

  • say and order multiples of ten 

  • ask and give a simple address in French  

  • locate the correct part of a bilingual dictionary to translate from French-English or vice versa 

PE 

Indoor P.E. Hockey 

We will be developing our hockey skills including: 

  • I can dribble the ball 

  • I can push the ball – long and short. 

  • I can pass on the move. 

  • I can receive the ball. 

  • I can shoot the ball into a goal / target. 

  • I can play games like piggy in the middle. 

 

 

Outdoor P.E. – Football 

  • Pass and receive the ball 

  • Shoot the ball 

  • Explore attacking and defending 

  • Play in a 5v5 game. 

RE 

This term we will consider the question “Do you shape your own destiny?” with a focus on Judaism, Christianity and Islam we will learn to: 

  • Explain why Abraham is inspirational for Jewish people 

  • Explain why Abraham is inspirational for Christians 

  • Explain why Abraham is inspirational for Muslims 

 

Thank you for your continued support, 

Mr McLeod 

 

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