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Term 6

Destination Reader: 


This term, our text will be ‘The Abominables’, written by Eva Ibbottson. This lovely book is about a girl called Lady Agatha Farlingham who ends up kidnapped by a yeti in the Himalayas and has to look after a Yeti family. During reading sessions, we will discuss the vocabulary used and will make predictions about what might happen next. 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. 


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 text The Abominables, the children will complete 2 main writing tasks this term. The first task will be to write an advert for a holiday to the Himalayas. We will be looking at the structure of adverts, the type of language used in adverts and will aim to recreate it for our own writing. Our second task will be to write a balanced discussion about zoos. We will think about the positive and negative points of views abouts zoos.


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 coordinates,symmetry and time. We will be learning how to plot coordinates,recognise and draw symmetrical patterns.Also we will learn how to read and write the time digitally and on an analogue clock. We will be solving problems with 12 and 24 hour clocks, including reading  timetables.


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 of their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 and to make them prepared for the Year 4 times table test. 


The multiplication tables check is an online test for pupils in Year 4. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from two to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes.

Questions about the six, seven, eight, nine, and 12 times tables are likely to come up most often, as these are the hardest for most children to learn. It’s a good idea to focus on these tricky times tables with your child.





In science, we will continue to learn about sound. We will learn about how sounds are made and how they are heard. We will learn about pitch and volume and the differences between them. We will look into how animals and humans hear and how adaptations to ear shape and size have allowed hearing to be better in some creatures. 




This term we will be completing a local geography study, focusing on Michelham Priory. Our concept question will be ‘Geographically speaking, how has the area around Michelham Priory changed over time?’. ’  Throughout this topic we will be learning about Ordinance Survey Maps and their features and oblique aerial photographs and aerial photographs of Michelham Priory.  We will be learning about what the land was previously used for and what it used for in the present day.


P.E - Striking and Fielding: (taught by Sportitude coaches)


The focus this term will be striking and fielding and the children will work on the following areas: batting, bowling and fielding. They will develop the skills to work on how to strike the ball, how to deliver the ball with accuracy and how to retrieve the ball with efficiency. 


Additional PE with teacher on THURSDAYS




The children will be learning more about Christianity this term.  The focus question is  ‘Do Christians need to go to church for it to be special to them?’ We will be discussing places that are special to us and whether or not they are still special if we are not there.


Music - (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 our PSHE focus will be on being Healthy.  As part of our lessons we will be learning about healthy relationships and growing and changing including puberty and emotional changes. 




We will be linking computing to our science and will be learning about programming - repetition in games using the scratch programme.