Zambezi - Year Four
Welcome to Zambezi class! I hope you have all had a great summer and are ready for another school year. This term our topic is ‘Water’. We will be finding out how we use water, how much water we use, where water comes from, if all countries have access to water like us and if water is always helpful to us. We will be linking this to our science topic of ‘Solids, Liquids and Gases’ where we will be experimenting how these can change state through heating and cooling and finding out about the water cycle. We are hoping to visit the water treatment centre in Headingly to find out how clean water gets to our homes. Keep an eye out for the letter in the coming weeks.
In maths we begin by working on our number and place value skills. We will be learning the value of each digit of a 4 digit number, finding 10, 100 and 1000 more and less than any given number, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000 and counting backwards through zero into negative numbers. We will be doing lots of problem solving activities based on these things and we will continue to work on our times tables facts. In our times tables rock stars sessions in class we will particularly be working on our 3, 4 and 8 times table so focus on these ones at home. Please also continue to use Mathletics at home to practise your skills too!
In writing and guided reading we will reading texts linked to our water topic. We will be reading The Water Tower, A Thirst for Home and Lila and The Secret of Rain as well as looking at information texts and poetry linked to water. We will develop our writing skills by writing our own descriptions, reports and diary entries. We will have a spelling session in class every day and our test will be on a Friday, look out for the spellings to practise, they will be stuck in reading diaries.
Zambezi will continue their swimming lessons on a Wednesday up until Christmas. Our other PE day will be Tuesday. Please make sure that both indoor and outdoor PE kits are in school for the whole week. In PE we will be doing REAL PE unit 1 which links to floor movement patterns such as hopscotch, side step and skipping. We will also be having a skipping workshop and will be practising different skipping techniques ready for a competition later in the year.
In PSHE our topic is Identity, Society and Equality where we will be learning all about democracy.
Children now have new reading diaries and books, please make sure children read every night and make their own comment in their reading diary about what they have read. Learning Logs will continue to be sent home on a Friday and are due back by the following Wednesday. I look forward to seeing all of the exciting learning that you do at home! Our class email address is firstname.lastname@example.org feel free to email any photographs that link to homework if you are unable to print them at home.