Ouse Class Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2021
I would like to begin this Curriculum newsletter by extending a warm welcome back to everyone! It has been lovely to see a class full of happy and enthusiastic children as we begin the new school term. I have to say, the Year 4 children are setting an excellent example to the new Year 3 children joining Ouse class this year, who are settling in well, and who I am very much looking forward to getting to know better over the next few weeks after being in separate bubbles last year.
As you may be aware, the children in Key Stage 2 this year will be taught in 3 groups for English and Maths this year, Purple, Green and Orange. This allows for smaller class sizes and more focused teaching in these areas. The children in Ouse class will be in either Purple or Green group, and the coverage for the upcoming term is specified for each group below. In addition, we will be operating a carousel of activities on a Friday in Key stage 2, with the children being taught Music by Mrs Huntriss, PE by Mr Walker and French by myself. The children in Ouse class will be taught as Year 3 or Year 4 group.
Both Purple and Green group children will base their English learning around a key text. This term, Green group will be reading the text Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden with Mrs Huntriss. They will study the plot, characters and setting to teach the children about the effect of the Second World War and develop their empathy for what it was like to be a child at the time. Over the course of these lessons, they will apply their learning to writing letters and diaries, and exploring persuasive posters and effective dialogue.
Purple group’s text will be ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King with myself. We will develop our understanding of setting, characters and plot, before we plan, write and edit our own adventure story based on the text. We will also write information texts, instructions for making stone and bronze age tools and cinquain poems. In our SPaG lessons, we will focus on recapping and securing prior knowledge, including word classes such as adjectives and adverbs, extending sentences and using apostrophes for both contraction and possession.
Spelling tests for all children will continue to be on a Friday, so please make sure you child has their yellow spelling book in school on this day.
Both Green and Purple groups will begin this half term with a focus on consolidating the foundations of number and place value. This will include Roman numerals, rounding and negative numbers. Once secure we will move on to both mental and written methods of addition and subtraction, including carrying and borrowing. Throughout the term we will be applying our understanding in these areas to reasoning and problem-solving questions in all mathematical areas. As we move through the next half term we will apply our understanding of times tables to calculate written multiplication and division problems.
Throughout the year, all children will have a strong focus on times tables, in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check that will take place in June for Year 4 children. You may now be aware that children have a log-in in their reading records for a website called ‘Timestable Rockstars’. Here the children have the opportunity to practice their times tables and earn certificates and rewards for continued practice and progression with their times tables.
Mrs Huntriss will teach Science on Wednesday afternoons to all of Ouse class throughout the year. This half term, the children will be covering the topic ‘Animals Including Humans’. They will learn about the right types and amounts of nutrients, understand the function of the skeleton and identify the main bones in the human body. They will investigate the function of the parts of digestive system, identify different types of teeth and learn about a variety of food chains and their components.
Our Cornerstones topic for this half term will be ‘Tribal Tales’. The children will focus on the chronology of prehistoric Britain and research how life changed for people throughout the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age, until the arrival of the Romans in 43AD. We will focus on what people’s daily lives were like and what epic battles they fought. We’ll look closely at cave paintings and create our own. As we learn about the Bronze Age, we’ll build monuments and investigate their shadows. We will learn about what archaeologists do and how they help us learn about our ancestors. We will conduct our own exploratory dig and even meet a real life archaeologist! Copying the Beaker folk style, we’ll make clay containers. Then, we’ll travel to the Iron Age to learn about hill forts and design our own Iron Age jewellery.
Our Computing topic for this half term will be ‘Coding with 2Code’ and will explore coding using our Purple Mash software. Your child will have a login in their reading records if you wish to explore this further at home. There may also be other homework tasks set on this platform throughout the year, which you will be notified of in homework books.
RE will be on a Thursday afternoon, taught by Mrs Bowman. Our topic for this half term will aim to answer the question: ‘What do people believe about God?’ Children will learn about the beliefs of Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Humanists.
PE will be on Thursdays with Mr Cairns and Fridays with Mr Walker. Please make sure children have their kit in school to change in to on these days. They will be able to go home in their PE kits on Friday.
French – Children will learn French with Madame Conroy and I on Friday afternoons throughout the year. As part of our Friday carousel, children will be taught as either a Year 3 or Year 4 group. Both groups will follow the same topics. Our first topic will be called ‘Moi and will focus on speaking about ourselves.
Homework – Children will receive homework on a Friday and it should be brought back into school on Wednesday, unless it is a Topic homework, which children have 2 weeks to complete.
I look forward to working with you over the course of the year and if you have anything you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me via the class email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss R. Boyle