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Ouse Class Curriculum Letter Summer Term 2022

Dear Parents,

A big welcome back to everyone in Ouse Class! I hope everyone had a nice break after a hard-working Spring Term. It has been lovely to hear the children chat excitedly about their adventures and holidays during the Easter break, especially following the last 2 years restrictions! I would also like to extend a special welcome to Ellie and her family who have joined our Langton community this term! I know the children in Ouse class have been very kind and helpful in getting her used to the routines here at Langton.

English

Our English this term for both Purple and Green groups will focus around our topic of Traders and Raiders. Over the course of the term, we will write reports, explore myths and legends, write instructions and develop character profiles and alternative endings. For Purple Group, this will focus around the Legend of King Arthur, before moving on to the story ‘Viking Voyage’. Green group will focus their learning around ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. Throughout the term, both groups will focus on applying their grammar understanding to their independent work. This term there will be a particular focus on fronted adverbials and using apostrophes for plural possession.

Spelling tests for all groups, including phonics, will continue to be on a Friday.

Maths

This term both Purple and Green groups will be calculating fractions of a quantity and exploring decimals before moving on to the topic of ‘Measurement’. In this topic we will cover mass, volume, money and time. As time can often be a tricky unit for some children to get their heads around, I ask that you practise telling the time on an analogue clock as much as possible at home in order to develop a solid foundation which the children can build upon in their lessons in school. After half term, we will cover the units of Statistics and Geometry. In Statistics we will be building upon the children’s understanding of pictograms, tables and bar charts to read, interpret and record information and Year 4 children will also study line graphs. Geometry sees the children identifying properties of 2D and 3D shapes as well as exploring angles, lines and symmetry.

A date for your diaries – please note that Year 4 children will complete their Statutory Multiplication Tables Check on the morning of 13thJune. We will continue to practise times tables in school, although I would recommend Year 4 use TT rockstars and the ‘Soundcheck’ feature for further practise at home.

Topic

As mentioned previously, our new topic for this term is ‘Traders and Raiders’. I know the children have showed great enthusiasm already for the topic and have already been sharing their prior knowledge and artefacts they have at home. Throughout the topic, we will find out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. We will build a boat and put ourselves in their shoes to share thoughts and feelings. We will create Anglo-Saxon patterns and make prints of these before designing and making our own weapon! We will then move on to learning about the terrifying Viking invasion and learn about their way of life and their connection with our local city of York.

RE, PSHE, French and Computing

This term our RE topic will focus on exploring different reasons why Jesus is considered an inspiring figure by Christians – and by many other people too.

Our PSHE topic will be ‘Becoming an Active Citizen’ and through this topic, children will further explore the British values of democracy, individual liberty, tolerance and respect and rule of law.

Computing this term will begin by exploring coding through the use of Logo before moving on to animations.

French this term will cover the topic of ‘La Météo’ which sees the children learn how to discuss the weather in French. We will focus on correct pronunciation of weather phrases as well as learning about some towns and cities in France.

Science

Science will continue to be taught by Mrs Huntriss and this term the children will be studying the biology-based topic of ‘Plants’ including: the parts of a plant, what they need to grow and understanding a flowering plants life cycle. Following on from this, they will be investigating some physics, identifying forces acting on different objects and exploring magnetic forces.

PE and Swimming

Children will continue to have PE with Mr Cairns on Thursdays and with Mr Walker on Fridays. Please ensure children have their PE kits in school on these days. In addition to these PE sessions, Year 3 will have their final swimming session on Wednesday 4th May and Year 4 children will begin their 8 weeks of swimming lessons on Wednesday 11th May.

Homework – Children will receive homework on a Friday and it should be brought back into school on a 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 this final term and if you have anything you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me using the class email address: ouseclass@langton.n-yorks.sch.uk

Kind Regards

Mrs Dale