Tawny Owls Year 4 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Tawny Owls class page. Here parents will be able to see an overview of the learning that is planned for the second part of the autumn term We start our term focusing on a text called, 'Leaf’ by Sandra Dieckmann . As we explore the book, there will be lots of writing opportunities, including an outsider narrative and information report writing, as well as a focus on spelling and grammar expectations throughout the text.
During our shared reading sessions, we will be continuing with our teaching sequence from Literacy Counts called, 'Steps to read,' which has been specifically developed to ensure that the children are immersed in a variety of text and genres. This term the children will be immersed in a plethora of stories and poetry pieces demonstrating different forms.
In Geography, we will be learning about the Americas and learning to answer the question, ‘Can you come on a great American road trip?'. Our learning on this topic will lead to high quality outcomes for our curriculum books. This terms knowledge will be supplemented through our English text and our DT lessons which will link to this theme focusing on mechanical systems and creating a moving history book using levers and linkages.
Spelling and Maths homework will be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Both of these pieces of work will be set up electronically on the spelling shed and TTrockstars platforms. Please work with your child to ensure that their homework is completed on time.
Our PE lessons will take place on a Monday and a Wednesday afternoon. One of the sessions will take place indoor and the other outdoor. As the weather begins to change, it is advisable that children bring in tracksuit pants and a top to stay warm. Please ensure that your children have their PE kits with them in school at all times so that they can participate in all of their PE lessons.
At Cuddington, reading is seen as a fundamental skill that activates children's imaginations, makes them curious about the world they live in, develops their language and listening skills and has a positive impact on their social and emotional wellbeing. There is growing research evidence that shows there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment (Clark 2011; Clark and Douglas 2011 and Twist et al 2007). As a result of this, we understand the importance of regularly reading with your child and we advise that you read 10-15 minutes per day with them. Whilst listening to your child, try to ask them questions about events that have happened so far, characters thoughts and motives and to make accurate predictions based on the text.
At the start of the new term, children will be allocated their own reading books and library books that they will be allowed to take home with them. As well as this, children will be able to read electronic books from the Bug Club and Oxford Reading Owl platforms. Embedded within the reading platforms are comprehension questions that tests the children's knowledge based on the text. If you require any new reading books, then you can ask your child's teacher who can allocate new books for them to read.
To keep up to date with what is happening in our class, make sure your regularly check our school's Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as our class blog.
Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact me using the email address at the top of the page.
Here's to an another exciting term in Tawny Owls!
Tawny Owls Class Teacher
Physical education and ECO lead
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