Grasshoppers

Grasshopper Class: Autumn Term 2019/2020

Welcome to Grasshopper Class, I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to the school year ahead.

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English                 

 

Our class texts for this term are How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell and Charlotte’s Web, by EB White. These books will inspire a variety of writing across many genres including narratives, instruction texts and persuasive writing.

Reading continues to be extremely important therefore we will have daily guided reading sessions, each child will read with an adult at least once during the week. At the start of the term, our guided reading books will be books written by Roald Dahl in celebration of Roald Dahl Day. During this time children’s reading records will be checked, we will also help ensure children are reading quality and aspirational texts.

 

Maths                  

 

Our Autumn term begins with Place Value followed by Addition and Subtraction, Length and Perimeter and Multiplication and Division. We will continue to work in guided maths groups to improve our mental maths skills.

In Grasshoppers we will be working very hard to learn our times tables up to 12.

 

Science                

 

During the first half term we will be looking at States of Matter, investigating different states of matter, changes of state and the water cycle.  After half term we will learn about sound, discovering how sound is created and how we are able to hear sound.

 

RE                          

 

In RE we will begin by looking at the Creation and Fall, digging deeper by building upon our prior knowledge. We will move on to looking at the Kingdom of God before digging deeper into Incarnation.

 

Topic                    

 

Our topic for the term is The Vikings and Scandinavia, our focus will be both History and Geography based, looking at who The Vikings were and how they came to the UK as well as The Viking way of life and their beliefs and cultures. We will be learning about the daily life and culture in Scandinavia, in addition we will explore the physical features of Scandinavia and how these may differ from the UK.

 

Art                         

 

In line with our Vikings and Scandinavia topic we will be creating art work of the Northern lights, exploring colours and shades, in addition we will look at creating silhouettes depicting Scandinavian cities or physical features. Our Artist of the year is Monet, we will be returning to looking at the style and life of Monet throughout the year.

 

Languages          

 

Throughout the year we will be learning German exploring speaking, reading and listening skills, we will also learn about German culture and traditions.

 

P.E.                       

 

P.E. will be taught on a Tuesday morning by Mrs Marriage. Your child will need appropriate footwear, shorts, a t-shirt and, in the Winter months, a jumper or sweatshirt. They must also have a change of socks rather than using their school socks. Children who do not have appropriate P.E kit will not be able to do P.E.

 

Homework        

 

Children are expected to read at least 3-4 times a week, once with an adult. On Wednesdays children will have a spelling test with Mrs Walker, new spellings will come home Wednesday evening and are expected to come back on the following Wednesday. Children should fill in their practice sheet and are encouraged to practice further during the week. In Autumn term children are expected to complete section C of their mental maths books. These will be marked during the week in guided group sessions.

By the end of Year 4 the National Curriculum states that all children must know their times tables up to 12 as well as relevant division facts. Therefore it is important that times tables are practiced at home, there are various games on Mathletics which are available for children to use at home.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.

Kind regards,

Miss Hardege

Summer Term in Grasshopper Class 

 

This term we are learning about Ancient Greece partly through the book Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods. This will include looking at the myths, architecture, and the concept of Democracy and will visit the British Museum to see the genuine articles. In math’s we will move on from Decimals to look at Time and Geometry. In Science we are learning about teeth, sound and electricity. In R.E we are working on Hinduism. Other highlights of this term include preparing for the Summer Production and Sports Day, more Maypole dancing and tennis.

 
Spring Term 2019
 
Over the next few weeks we will be starting our new topic:
 
"Does it Matter?"
 
This will be a cross-curricular topic but has a strong science element.
Our linked class book will be The Iron Man.
 
Please keep looking at this page as more detail will follow...
 
Mrs. Clifton
 
 
 
 
 
Summer Term in Grasshopper Class
 
This term we are learning about Ancient Greece. This will include looking at Art, Philosophy and the concept of Democracy. We are also enjoying Maypole dancing and Cricket.  In Science we are learning about living things and how to classify them. In R.E we are working on themes of Justice in the Old Testament and Hindu Deities after half term. Other highlights of this term include preparing for the Summer Production and Sports Day.
 
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Spring Term 2018
 
Our new topic for this term is "The United Kingdom". We have started by researching the counties of England and will continue with a history theme for after half term by studying the British Civil War. In Literacy we will relate to our topic with work on Tourism leaflets for our counties, classic British poetry, debate and the work of Beatrix Potter.
 
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Grasshopper Class: Autumn Term 2019/2020

 

Welcome to Grasshopper Class, I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to the school year ahead.

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English

 

Our class texts for this term are How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell and Charlotte’s Web, by EB White. These books will inspire a variety of writing across many genres including narratives, instruction texts and persuasive writing.

Reading continues to be extremely important therefore we will have daily guided reading sessions, each child will read with an adult at least once during the week. At the start of the term, our guided reading books will be books written by Roald Dahl in celebration of Roald Dahl Day. During this time children’s reading records will be checked, we will also help ensure children are reading quality and aspirational texts.

 

Maths 

 

Our Autumn term begins with Place Value followed by Addition and Subtraction, Length and Perimeter and Multiplication and Division. We will continue to work in guided maths groups to improve our mental maths skills.

In Grasshoppers we will be working very hard to learn our times tables up to 12.

 

Science   

             

During the first half term we will be looking at States of Matter, investigating different states of matter, changes of state and the water cycle.  After half term we will learn about sound, discovering how sound is created and how we are able to hear sound.

 

RE   

                       

In RE we will begin by looking at the Creation and Fall, digging deeper by building upon our prior knowledge. We will move on to looking at the Kingdom of God before digging deeper into Incarnation.

 

Topic    

                

Our topic for the term is The Vikings and Scandinavia, our focus will be both History and Geography based, looking at who The Vikings were and how they came to the UK as well as The Viking way of life and their beliefs and cultures. We will be learning about the daily life and culture in Scandinavia, in addition we will explore the physical features of Scandinavia and how these may differ from the UK.

 

Art         

                

In line with our Vikings and Scandinavia topic we will be creating art work of the Northern lights, exploring colours and shades, in addition we will look at creating silhouettes depicting Scandinavian cities or physical features. Our Artist of the year is Monet, we will be returning to looking at the style and life of Monet throughout the year.

 

Languages         

 

Throughout the year we will be learning German exploring speaking, reading and listening skills, we will also learn about German culture and traditions.

 

P.E.                       

 

P.E. will be taught on a Tuesday morning by Mrs Marriage. Your child will need appropriate footwear, shorts, a t-shirt and, in the Winter months, a jumper or sweatshirt. They must also have a change of socks rather than using their school socks. Children who do not have appropriate P.E kit will not be able to do P.E.

 

Homework  

      

Children are expected to read at least 3-4 times a week, once with an adult. On Wednesdays children will have a spelling test with Mrs Walker, new spellings will come home Wednesday evening and are expected to come back on the following Wednesday. Children should fill in their practice sheet and are encouraged to practice further during the week. In Autumn term children are expected to complete section C of their mental maths books. These will be marked during the week in guided group sessions.

By the end of Year 4 all children must know their times tables up to 12 as well as relevant division facts. They will undertake National Government testing on their times tables in Summer term. Therefore it is important that times tables are practiced at home, there are various games on Mathletics which are available for children to use at home.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.

Kind regards,

Miss Hardege

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Grasshopper Class 2017-18

Welcome to the exciting beginning of the first ever term in Grasshopper Class! I am delighted to be teaching the newly combined Year 4/5 Class as I am sure it will provide some amazing new learning opportunities and am looking forward to a great year. I am joined by Mrs Walker who will be our Teaching Assistant in the mornings and Mrs Richards who will take the class for Art, Music and French on Wednesday afternoons. The beginning of term is always busy and so please read this letter carefully to find out what is happening in class over the coming months.Image result for starry night

 

 

Our topic

We are starting the Autumn Term “with a bang” with a four week mini Topic named “Starry night”. This topic intends to encompass learning about Vincent Van Gogh, the Solar System and Growth Mindset themes. For the rest of term our Topic is “Journeys”. In History and Geography we shall be examining the Shang Dynasty and East Asia. We shall also use the “Journeys” theme to examine Literature, R.E and Philosophy as well as forces and electricity in Science.

Reading

It is essential that your child reads as much as possible, especially at this stage in their primary education as expectations regarding independent thought, vocabulary and writing increase. Whilst there will be ample opportunities to read during school time, the children should also be reading out of school and discussing their books with adults other than their teachers. I will hear children read at least once every week and will work closely with them to determine the most appropriate reading book according to their level and preference.

Maths

In Grasshopper Class we will spend an hour and a half of every school day doing maths. This could include puzzles, construction, artwork, discussion and investigation as well as more traditional calculations and mental maths. There will be opportunities during the week for children to work in their mental maths books before a weekly marking session with me, but they are likely to have to take their books home at the weekend to make sure that they are finished in time. Mathletics is a fantastic free online resource provided by the school as a fun and engaging way to improve your maths. I strongly recommend that you encourage your child to use it at home if at all possible as it can make a very positive impact on their learning, enjoyment and confidence in the subject. Knowing their multiplication tables is vital for every child in a Year 4 or Year 5 Class. We shall work on this in Class but any support you can give your child outside of school time would be invaluable to their progress.

Homework

The main regular homework that children in Grasshopper Class will have is Mental Maths and Reading. I would also recommend practice of multiplication tables and using Mathletics if at all possible. Any extra homework will be occasional research relating to our Topics but I will give lots of warning beforehand!

Pencil cases

Pencil cases are a really positive aspect of being in KS2 as they are not only useful but give the opportunity for the children to grow their independence. Named items are especially helpful and as the pencil cases need to fit into the children’s drawers, they should not be too big.

The suggested contents include:

  • HB pencils

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Small ruler

  • Pritt stick

  • Colouring crayons

  • A geometry set

  • Handwriting pen (when a pen licence [see below] has been issued). The school provides a rollerball pen, but we encourage the use of a fountain pen. We have a stock of fountain pens in House colours, which may be purchased for £4.00 (via Agora or by cheque or cash to the Office).

    You will notice that the list does not include a rubber. Mistakes are such an important marker of learning and progress that we do not want any of them removed from the children’s work!

 

Physical Education

P.E will take place on Friday afternoons. It is written in the school P.E. Policy that children get changed into P.E. clothes and shoes for all lessons. Children who do not have adequate P.E. clothing and footwear will not be allowed to participate.

Religious Education and Ethos

As a Church of England school we invite the children to participate in daily prayers as well as worshipping in assemblies. We have a great Christian ethos throughout the school and visit Thriplow Church for the Christian Festivals of Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Our R.E. this term will be centred on the themes of Harvest, the person of Jesus and Christmas. Over the course of the year we will study and reflect upon key aspects of Christianity and the other world religions.

 

 If you have any other questions about any aspect of life in Grasshopper Class don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Kind regards,

Miss Sadler