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Coxheath Primary School

Term 5

This term, we are studying the Vikings in History. We will learn about Viking Gods, Viking life and will make comparisons between Norse and Anglo-Saxon beliefs. We will apply our understanding of chronology to locate key historical events on a timeline.

In English, our focus will be on explanation writing. Initially, we will learn how to identify an explanation text by identifying presentational features and technical language. We will work towards applying these features into our very own explanation text about scooters.

In DT, we are learning about fastenings. We will be working towards creating a book cover made from fabric and including a fastening.

In Maths, we will continue to consolidate our understanding of fractions. We will recap how to find fractions of amounts and then cover: adding and subtracting fractions, improper fractions and mixed fractions. The children will then move on to decimals. We will be completing fluency activities to ensure the concepts are secure and also problem solving challenges to ensure the children can apply their knowledge.

In RE, the question we will be investigating is ‘Why are festivals important to religious communities?’ Concentrating mainly on Islamic festivals, we will consider the similarities and differences with Christian festivals and discuss their importance to followers.

For PE, we will be playing tennis and cricket. Please ensure your child has the correct kit for both sessions. PE will be done outside. As the weather is warming up, please can the children return to shorts and t shirt for their PE kit. A plain black/blue jumper (preferably not a hoody, due to health and safety) can be added to the kit bag.

For music, we will be learning the ukulele. A specialist teacher will come in every Tuesday morning and teach both year 4 classes for a 30-minute session each. The school has enough ukuleles for each child so there is no expectation for you to provide this.

Times tables is a huge focus in year 4. The expectation is that by the end of this academic year the children will know all their times tables up to 12 x 12. We will be testing the children on their times tables weekly. Please continue to help the children with their focused times table for that week but please do also concentrate on learning other times tables. These can be found in the back of their reading journals. Regular TTRockstars practise is advised.

For Reading, please continue to read with your child for 10 minutes every day if possible. A reading book will be sent home with each child every night. Please record any home reading in the Learning Journal. Please encourage your child to share their likes and preferences of books, genres and authors with their class Reading Ambassador. The ambassadors can then share class thoughts and preferences within their weekly meetings.