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Chestnut Class

Teaching Team: Mrs Barter and Mrs Chavush 

chestnut@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Chestnut Summer term

Welcome back to school after the Easter break. This is just some information about what we will be covering this term, and always feel free to speak to me if you have any further questions.

English

We will be linking our English work to our topic theme of the Anglo Saxons.  We are reading an adaptation of the Anglo Saxon epic, Beowulf.  We will be looking at the conventions of hero myths and creating our own versions.  We will also be dipping our toes into poetry writing, based on the children’s poems by Ted Hughes and will be reviewing the classic story, Treasure Island.

Our whole class guided reading will be the book Varjak Paw by S. F. Said.  This whole class approach gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a text and to develop not only reading fluency but also comprehension skills such as retrieval, inference and prediction.

Spelling will focus on the statutory Year 3 & 4 list, adding suffixes, prefixes and looking at unusual spelling patterns.

We will be covering a wide range of the technical aspects of writing in our grammar sessions including standard English, organising paragraphs, revising apostrophes for plural possession, conjunctions and fronted adverbials.

Maths

We will be completing work on fractions, decimals, time, money and geometry.  This term all children will be taking the national times tables assessment.  We will have dedicated time to work on times tables fluency, but it is very important for children to practise these little and often at home to support this.

RE

We be focusing on the Hindu religion, learning what Hindu people believe about god, including learning about some sacred texts.  We will also be looking at worship and celebration within the Hindu religion.

Science

Our topics will be animals, including animals (teeth and the digestive system) and habitats.

Topic

We will be learning about the Anglo Saxons, including where they were, where they came from and why they invaded.  We will think about the struggle for power in Britain and how kingship changed.  We will be learning about the conversion from paganism to Christianity and other aspects of Anglo Saxon culture.

Art and design

We will be completing our sculptures using materials that would otherwise be discarded.  We hope to have a small exhibition of our work, to which parents and carers will be invited.  Once these are completed we will be trying out Anglo Saxon dyeing and weaving techniques.

Music

We will continue to have weekly ukulele lessons with Mr Lawrence.  Instruments are provided by the school.

ICT

We will be completing units on hardware and software, animation, writing for different audiences and using the Logo programme.

PE

Our PE session will take place on a Monday morning with Mr Luckhurst.  Please ensure your child’s PE kit is labelled with their name.

Homework and reading

Homework will be issued on a Thursday and is due back on Monday.  It is not intended to be overwhelming, but gives your child an opportunity to consolidate on the learning they have done during the week.  It will usually consist of English, spelling and Maths activities.  We expect your child to read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day.  We would like them to complete the reading log by making some comments on what they have read each day.  This will be checked on a Wednesday.  In Year 4, we ask that children take responsibility for changing their books themselves if they are reading from the classroom selection.

If you have any concerns relating to your child and their learning, please do get in touch via the class email address chestnut@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk .  Alternatively, you can speak to me at release time now that restrictions are more relaxed.  If your query is urgent, please contact the school office in the first instance.

I am really looking forward to another exciting term with the class!

With best wishes,

Mrs Barter and the Chestnut Class Team