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Coxheath Primary School

Term 4

This term, the children will be developing and using their 'writing to persuade' techniques creatively by designing a leaflet to entice customers to visit their very own theme park.  We will begin the term exploring different types of features and vocabulary used in current leaflets.  Children will be analysing the key features of this type of writing, developing their ideas for their own writing and then creating leaflets themselves.  During the sequence of lessons, the grammar focus will be modal verbs for certainty, fronted adverbials and dashes to mark parenthesis.  

In Maths, the children will be exploring fractions.   Building on previous knowledge, children will develop their skills by learning to add, subtract and multiply fractions, convert mixed number fractions into improper fractions and vice versa, to order and compare fractions and use fractions to problem solve.   The children will explore the relationships between numbers and build on previous knowledge.   Concrete resources and pictorial representations will help to consolidate their existing knowledge in these areas. Using mathematical language, the children will explain their reasoning in a number of problem-solving activities. Additionally, we will continue to focus on rapid recall of times tables, this is vital for understanding this term.  Focusing on times tables in class and at home will allow children to recall these facts efficiently. We have a number of class incentives running and children will be using the new iPads to participate in Arena battles in TT Rockstars. To ensure continuous progression in this area, we are encouraging all children to use this app at home, ideally for 10 minutes, 3 times per week, or whenever possible.

For Reading, the children will be focusing on core skills such as retrieval, vocabulary, and inference throughout our guided reading sessions.  There will be many opportunities for class reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.  Please continue to encourage your child to read at home for at least 10 minutes per day.  We will be reading 'Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans in our story time sessions. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home as often as possible.  

In Geography, the children will be learning about biomes.  Biomes are areas of our planet with similar climates, landscapes, animals and plants. What lives in each biome depends on how warm or cold it is, how dry or wet it is, how fertile the soil is.  We will explore the different types of biomes and the effect this has on humans, animals and the world.

In Science, the children will continue to learn about forces including gravity, levers, pulleys and mechanisms.

In DT, the children will learn about healthy eating, including where food comes from.  To explore food groups and adapt recipes to make them healthier.  They will then cook their own recipes. 

In Computing, children will be learning how to create and manage databases.

In PSHE children will be learning about positive relationships.

In RE, children will be learning about salvation focusing on what Jesus did to save human beings.

Throughout all our teaching and learning, we will have a strong focus on oracy and listening.  We will inspire the children to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them by developing learners who can think critically, reason together and have the vocabulary to express their knowledge and understanding.