Topic: Anglo Saxons and Vikings
This term our topic will focus on the history of the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings. We will be looking at the relationship between these two groups of people and why they invaded Britain. We will look at where they settled, what evidence we have to understand how they lived and some of the key changes they made, such as Christianity. We are hoping to visit Barnstaple Museum this term to look at some of the artefacts they have from the Anglo Saxons and Vikings and how they changed North Devon.
We will be continuing to improve our calculation skills in the four operations (+,-,x,÷) and using them to help us solve problems. We are continuing to encourage the children to learn from mistakes they make in maths and to develop their perseverance when solving a tricky problem. We will be learning about co-ordinates and how we use them in everyday life.
Our learning is directly linked to the White Rose scheme of learning. Our first activities help the pupils to be able to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000.
The children should be practising their times tables ready for a weekly times tables test with Mr Allen. It is our expectation that by the end of Year 4 children will know their tables up to 12 x 12. Please continue to support your child with their maths at home.
Use the link from our webpage http://www.shirwell.devon.sch.uk/pupils/class-2/ which has some good online resources to help your child learn their tables.
We will be covering a range of writing genres linked to our topic including story writing, poetry and explanation texts. One of our main targets is to develop our vocabulary in our writing, this is supported by reading. Therefore, please make sure you are encouraging your child to read at home. To support us on building their vocabulary please discuss unusual and interesting words and phrases you come across when reading.
All children should have an ongoing reading book at home and in school. Encourage them to choose a variety of books to read, it’s great to see the children enthuse about a book they have just read and recommending it to different children in the class. A confident reader is a confident writer. Our class novel, is The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan.
Our spellings this term will be through Decision Spelling—A good speller is someone who makes increasingly accurate decisions when spelling unfamiliar words. We are encouraging the children to try different ways to write a word and choose which way looks right.
PE will be on Thursday and Friday afternoons, however this can change, for example because of the weather. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.
This term Mr Benedict will be teaching football skills while Mr Allen will be teaching specific invasion games skills such as football and netball, before starting hockey later in the term.
We will be studying Electricity, this term. We will start by finding out about electricity and how we use it, followed by learning how to build a circuit, which materials are conductors and how switches are used. After half term, we will be studying Light and Sound. We will be investigating how shadows are formed, explaining how we see and how sounds are made. The children will be planning their own investigations scientifically and recording and interpreting their results.
Geography – We will be improving our knowledge of maps and locations through Maths, History and French, using maps and co-ordinates to locate different countries.
ICT – We are using programming skills to control lights and motors with the Crumble mini computer
Art/DT— Seurat and Pointillism— they will find out about Seurat, the father of Pointillism, and his famous Pointillist artwork, and have the chance to create their very own Pointillism art projects using a range of techniques.
Languages – We are developing our intercultural understanding through a unit—Where in the world speaks French. The children will learn about different countries that speak French and become more familiar with the numbers to 100 in French
RE -We will be learning about Islam—What does it mean to be a Muslim today? We will also be continuing our understanding of Christianity and the belief that God is holy and loving.
Music— We will be Learning basic instrumental skills by playing tunes in varying styles on tuned instruments giving the children an introduction to the language of music, theory and composition.