Star Class Term 4

Term 4
Welcome back to term 4. This term there is a “Rumble in the Jungle” or is it just the wolf’s tummy that is rumbling?

English
This term our key text is the traditional tale Little Red Riding Hood. Using a familiar story will give us the opportunity to practice punctuation and grammar and to use the four different sentence types of questions, commands, exclamations and statements. We will also learn about the use of speech bubbles and speech marks, using commas in a list and the possessive apostrophe as opposed to using an apostrophe in a contracted word. The children will continue to develop interesting and exciting description in their written work using adjectives and adverbs. They will learn about similes and continue to apply alliteration in their writing.
Please continue to practice spellings at home. I have already noticed the difference that this is having in their written work, thank you. We are continuing to have a big focus on handwriting and presentation in all of our work.

Reading
Guided reading will happen every day and enable pupils to read regularly with an adult. Pupils will also be able to read individually with an adult at least once a week. Reading books will go home with the children every day and it would be very helpful if they could read regularly at home as well.  Short, daily 10-15 minutes reading sessions can make a huge difference to a child’s reading progression and it can give them a chance to discuss the story with you. Book bags should be brought to school every day so that we listen to readers, ensuring we are supporting the children as much as possible. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information. Below are some suggested questions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
Who is (are) the main character(s)? What is the main idea?  What is the problem? How was it solved?  Describe the setting using evidence from the text.  Where does the story take place?  Did you think the story had a good ending?  If not, how could you have changed the ending?  Are there any words that you didn’t understand?  How can you find out their meaning? Did they like the story?  Why or why not?

Maths
This term we will be covering two main areas of maths. We will spend 2 weeks on fractions. The children will be finding halves and quarters of shapes, objects and numbers, year 2 will also be investigating thirds and working with unit fractions. We will then be consolidating our learning about measures. The children will become familiar using centimetres and metres to measure length and height followed by measuring mass, capacity and temperature. Alongside these topics, the children will be applying their understanding of times tables, (2s, 5s and 10s) number bonds to 20 and related facts. Please support your children’s learning at home by practicing fluency in their times tables and knowing their number bonds to 20.

Science
In Science, we will be learning about plants. The children will be able to identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common plants including roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers. We will be planting and observing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. From this we will be able to find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. We will also be learning about the different parts of plants that we eat and the differences between a fruit and a vegetable.

Topic
Our theme this term is called ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. We will be going on a journey through some of the world’s most fascinating jungles!  We will find out all about the locations, climates, weather, plants, animals and human uses of a number of beautiful and diverse tropical jungle forests. From Indian seasonal tropical forests, mangrove swamps to mountain cloud forests. We will finally compare our own British woodland to a tropical jungle. We will be making our own ‘cloud forest’ terrarium. For this, we will all need a large fizzy drinks bottle, please could your start collecting?

Physical Education
PE will take place on a Thursday with Team Theme and either a Tuesday or Wednesday. If the weather is inclement, we will be following the BBC dance for schools radio programme in the school hall and if it is fine, we will follow the Team Theme plans.

RE
The term we are learning about Easter as part of a whole school theme of Salvation. The big question that we are asked to think about is ‘Why does Easter matter to Christians?’ We are following the new Canterbury Diocese planning called Understanding Christianity.

Art
This term we will be focusing on the theme of portraiture. As well as making our own portraits, we are going to look at how different artists have approached this subject.

PSHE
We will be learning about healthy eating and elements of healthy life choices.