Jays Key Priorities
Below are the skills we will be prioritising for the first half of the summer term. These priorities have been identified through our assessments of the children and their understanding. These priorities have been selected to ensure that children have a secure understanding of concepts across the curriculum for them to build on for the remainder of this year and going into Year 5.
- It is important for your child to continue to develop their reading fluency. This can be done by listening to your child read regularly. We will continue to regularly read and respond to children’s reading diaries in school.
- In Guided Reading lessons, we will be focussing on the text “I was a rat” by Philip Pullman. Children will be provided with a range of opportunities to develop their comprehension skills, including: summarising, asking questions and understanding how vocabulary and presentation can add to the meaning of texts.
- We will also be looking at non – fiction texts and becoming more secure with retrieving relevant information.
- In our writing this half term, we will continue to secure our sentence writing skills so that we are able to structure and punctuate sentences correctly. We will also be revising the use of speech punctuation in narrative text.
- This half term, we are going to be regularly practising handwriting to make sure that letters are accurately formed and that the joins between letters are legible.
- The context for our writing this half term will come from our Guided Reading text “I was a rat.” We will be writing a narrative piece and newspaper article this half term based on the story.
- Throughout our writing lessons, we will be using shared writing to develop vocabulary choices and coherence in our writing.
- In Spelling, we will be learning to spell words which have more complex prefixes and suffixes including: -ation, -ous, inter-, anti-, super- and auto-.
- This half term, we will be focussing on multiplication and division to ensure children are able to rapidly recall their times tables up to 12 x 12. This will ensure they have a solid basis for learning new mathematical concepts in Year 5.
- Alongside learning their times tables, children will learn to represent their multiplication and division facts in a variety of ways, including worded problems in a range of different contexts (such as money and measure) and distributive law.
- Once these skills have been secured, we will be learning how to use formal written methods to multiply 2 digit numbers by a single digit (eg, 63 x 3).
- Science – Our science topic for this half term is Sound. Children will be learning about how sound is created and how it travels to our ears. We will also be looking at volume and pitch. Throughout this topic, children will be given opportunities to work scientifically through planning and carrying out investigations and by presenting their findings.
- Geography – We will be continuing our topic of Spain this half term. We will be looking at the Human Geography of Spain including the impact of tourism.
- DT – We will be learning about how ingredients are grown and produced as well as seasonality. We will also be creating our own Spanish dish using a range of cooking techniques.
- PE – We will be learning to play competitive games in football and we will also be working on our strength and co-ordination in gymnastics.
- PSHE – For PSHE, we will be learning about keeping ourselves safe around medicine, drugs and household products.
- Computing – We will be learning to create and debug our own algorithms.
- RE – We will be exploring the concept of good and evil.
What can I do to help at home?
- Encourage your child to log on to times table rockstars as often as possible. This will support their rapid recall of their times table facts.
- Read with your child as much as possible or encourage them to read to a sibling or another family member. This will help support their fluency and accuracy when reading aloud.
- Discuss new vocabulary with your child and ask them questions about what they have read. Here are some examples:
- What has happened in the story so far?
- How do you think the character feels? Why?
- What do you think might happen to them next?
- Which character would you most like to be friends with?
- Why do you think the author chose this word?
I hope this is helpful in providing a general overview of the skills we will be working on in our classroom this half term. As ever, if you have any concerns or queries about your child or their learning, please let us know and we will find a time to discuss these further. Many thanks for your ongoing support.