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Term 4

Destination Reader:


This term, our texts to support DR include a variety of well-known Greek myths, such as Pandora’s box and King Midas, and non - fiction texts about life in Ancient Greece. During reading sessions, we will discuss the vocabulary used and will clarify anything we do not understand. The children will read with a partner and will work together to answer comprehension questions about the text in the Friday 'Big Picture' session. 


We will continue to develop our reading fluency by practising reading out loud like an author, not a robot! The children will re-read the same short text each day, building up to being able to read it expression and understanding. 


The children are still all working towards collecting 4 signatures a week in their reading record so they can be entered into the termly reward activity. They can earn a signature in DR lessons by demonstrating excellent learning behaviours and for showing a good understanding of the text. 




Using the texts linked to Greece, the children will complete 3 main writing tasks this term. The first task is a modern day retelling of the myth ‘King Midas and the Golden Touch’. What might a modern day character ask for, instead of gold? Our second task will be to create an extra labour (or task) for Heracles to go after the labours in the original story. The final task will be a piece of report writing about a fictional hybrid creature, taking inspiration from the Minotaur and other Greek creatures. 


Alongside this, we will be practising the words from the year 3/4 word list in daily spelling sessions. 




Our focus in maths this term will be times tables and the relationships between them. We will begin with the 3, 6, and 9 times table and we will work on using our knowledge to answer questions and solve challenges as well as being able to recall these multiples quickly. We will then look at the 7 times table in more detail in the second half of the term. 


The children are also working weekly on times table practice and arithmetic papers. The children should be accessing Times Tables Rock Star to consolidate their rapid recall on their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. 




In science, we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name living things in their environment. We will recognise that environments can change which can endanger living things. 


Geography - Sweden:


This term we are comparing life in the UK to life in a different European country - Sweden. We will work on understanding geographical similarities and differences, including key physical and human characteristics. We will be using atlases to locate countries and cities.


P.E - Gymnastics and swimming: (taught by Sportitude coaches)


The focus this term is on gymnastics and the children will work on the following areas: travelling, making shapes, rolling, group balances and finally putting together a sequence to demonstrate these skills. 


4RB will be commencing with swimming lessons on a Tuesday. 


4SN will be swimming next term - more details to follow



 R.E - Christianity and the Easter story:


The children will be listening to the story of Easter and will understand the importance of this event to Christians.



Music - Recorders: (taught by Miss Dalton, Director of Music)


The children will continue with learning to play the recorder. Alongside this, they will be looking at how we read music and where notes appear on a stave. 




This term part of our PSHE focus will be on healthy relationships - how to form them and how to maintain them. We will also be learning about how to be safe with medicines and household products, and will discuss alcohol and smoking rules and risks.