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Class 4

A Message from the Class Teacher, Mrs Flanagan

2019 -20  Term 1

Welcome to Otter Class! We hope you had a wonderful Summer and look forward to hearing all about your adventures! We're sure you had a marvellous time and that you are looking forward to the new challenges and learning our first term will bring.

Here is an overview of what we will be learning about this term:


This half term we will be exploring the adventure story Oliver and The Seawigs to write our own descriptions of characters and setting. We shall also be using role play to eventually write diary entries based on the text. As we are reading we will be thinking about the descriptive devices the authors use (expanded noun phrases, adverbs and adventurous vocabulary) and then applying them in our own writing. We shall also be exploring spelling strategies to help us learn different spelling patterns each week which will be sent home. 



This half term we will be using place value to describe what each digit represents in larger numbers. We will start with using Dienes and counters to represent large numbers, then draw them on place value grids moving on to writing 4-digit number and ordering them. Then we will be using this partitioning to add and subtract numbers using written methods.


Our topic for this half term is The Shang Dynasty. We will try to answer our Big Question: What were early civilisations like in China? We will be using artefacts and secondary sources to find out about how people lived in the Shang Dynasty, where they lived and how we know about them! 


In RE we will be exploring the question "What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?" We will think about how creation is described in Genesis and exploring what it means to Christians to be appointed caretakers of this creation. We will also make connections with our own ideas of caring for the environment and the responsibilities we have to ensure the world is safe for others. 

In addition, we will continue to have Music on a Thursday with Ms Wilmott and PE on a Monday with Andy Booker.  However, please ensure that PE kits are in school at all times. Gym will begin on a Wednesday afternoon too.

Homework will be set on a Friday (alternating between English and Maths) to be returned the following Wednesday. Spellings will also be set weekly and tested on a Thursday.

I am sure we are going to have a jam packed term with lots of fun, laughter and learning!

Please do not hesitate to talk with me or make an appointment to see me if you have any concerns or questions at any point.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Flanagan and Mrs McGrath.