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St. Paul

Paul is the great apostle who hated and first tortured the Christians, making them suffer much. Then on his road to Damascus Jesus changed his heart and he was converted. We celebrate Paul's conversion on January 25.

At the time of his conversion, Jesus had said: "I will show him how much he must suffer for me." St. Paul loved Jesus very much, so much, in fact, that he became a living copy of our Savior. All his life, as a missionary, St. Paul met troubles and went through dangers of every kind. He was whipped, stoned, shipwrecked, and lost at sea. Many, many times he was hungry, thirsty and cold.Yet he always trusted in God. He never stopped preaching. "The love of Jesus presses me onward," he said. In reward, God gave him great comfort and joy in spite of every suffering.

We read about his marvellous adventures for Christ in Luke's Acts of the Apostles, beginning with chapter nine. But St. Luke's story ends when Paul arrives in Rome. He is under house arrest, waiting to be tried by Emperor Nero. A famous early Christian writer, Tertullian, tells us that Paul was freed after his first trial. But then he was put in prison again. This time he was sentenced to death. He died around the year 67, during Nero's terrible torture of the Christians. Paul called himself the apostle of the Gentiles (people who were not Jews) and he preached the Good News of Jesus to them. That took him to the far ends of the world. Because of Paul, we, too, have received the Christian faith.

Welcome to St Paul

Hello and welcome back to the autumn term.  We hope, like us, you have had a restful summer break.  We are looking forward to working with you in order to ensure the best outcome for your child this year.  This term our class will be supported by and Mrs Vuksanaj (our teaching assistant) who will help in all aspects of our classroom life. We will at some point during this academic year be arranging educational visits to support our learning and will inform you of the details at a later point.  If you have any concerns about your child at any time please do not hesitate to contact us.

Miss L Joseph and Miss Soto  (Class teachers for Year 4)

Homework will be given out each Tuesday.  Homework will consist of literacy, numeracy , RE and spellings.   From time to time, Science or Topic homework may also be given.  Homework should be returned on Monday to be marked together.

A People of Prayer

We are hoping to develop:

a. Use appropriate religious terms to show an understanding of/explain the meaning and purpose of, the Feast of the Epiphany AT 1 (ii) 

b. Make links between the Beatitudes and Christian life [human experience]  AT 1 (i)

c. Explain how and why the Beatitudes prompt the actions of believers/shape a believers’ life. AT 1 (iii) 

d. Explain how the Lord’s Prayer, as a statement of belief, has developed. AT 1 (i) 

 

It is hoped that pupils will develop:

A willingness to pray

An openness to people of other faith traditions

An appreciation of the role of prayer in deepening a relationship with God

A sense of wonder about different styles of prayer

PE will take place each Thursday with Non Stop Action starting with Tag Rugby this term. Please ensure that your children have the correct PE kit and that each item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name.  For health and safety reasons children are not permitted to borrow other children's PE kits. It is also advisable to have a spare pair of socks for girls who wear tights.  As girls are not permitted to wear tights for PE our advice is that an additional pair of socks is included with their kit. All earrings should be removed on PE days. If for some reason your child has to keep their studs in, these should be very carefully taped over.

 

Please ensure that your child reads every night in order to develop fluency.  Evidence shows that good readers are also good spellers and good writers.  Reading records are provided for date, book and comments to be added by you or your child.  Please encourage your child to fill in their records daily.  Also, if you could spend a little time talking about the text and asking questions to encourage your child to really think about what they have read. This will greatly help their comprehension skills.

NUMERACY

Following the National Strategy Renewed Framework

Topics covered this term:

  • Counting, partitioning and calculating

  • Securing number facts and understanding shape

  • Handling data and measures

  • Calculating, measuring and understanding shape

  • Securing number facts, relationships and calculating

In addition:  weekly multiplication tables practice and test and mental maths practice.

 
 
 


 

AFRICA

In this topic we will be learning

  • To locate where Africa is in relation to the UK using maps, globes and atlases

  • To recognise that the world extends beyond the children’s own locality

  • To use geographical vocabulary to describe features of the continent and individual countries.

  • To recognise that Africa as a continent and some of its countries are many times bigger than the UK

  • To identify the physical and human features of specific African countries

  • To learn about the type of foods that are grown in particular countries and which countries they are exported to

  • To learn how people and tourism affect the environment in specific countries and how tourism adds to their economic growth

  • To learn about the specific geographical and architectural places of interest in specific countries

 

 

Creative Writing

  • Planning and writing stories

  • Character description

  • Settings

  • Story openings

  • Diary entries

  • Letters  

Fiction

  • Stories with familiar settings

  • Stories from other cultures  and traditional stories

  • Fantasy

  • Fables

  • Greek Myths & Legends (linked with History)

Non-fiction

  • Explanations and instructions

  • Information Text

  • Newspaper recount

Reading

Guided/collaborative Reading (each pupil heard once a week)

Individual Reading Records

Book Reviews

Spelling and Punctuation:  Weekly spelling homework and tests, ongoing consolidation and revision of punctuation

Weekly comprehension

Children are taught the skills of skimming and scanning text to look for key information.

Also the skills of inference and deduction in order to work out answers to questions.

 

D & T

Making containers

The children will investigate different types of containers. They will create a design brief to design and make their own container.

 
 

 

Children will use the computer for various lessons where required. Some of these will be:

Internet search:

  • The children will use the internet to research information on different aspects of Ancient Greek life.

  • They will use the information to create a Fact File presentation.

  • Children will use Microsoft Word to change style, colour, and size of font. They will be able to insert pictures or clip art.

The children will begin the coding programme for Year 4.

 
 
 

The children will learn about the styles of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his use of colour. They will develop their skills in using a range of media.

 
 

French will continue to be taught weekly by Mrs. Ramdarshan.

 

 

SOUNDS

In this topic we will:-

  • identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating

  • recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear

  • find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it

  • find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.

  • recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases

 

 

Edward De Bono

We continue to use Edward De Bono's six thinking hats to help us to organise our thinking and process or ideas. There are 6 hats and each has a different colour and so a different use or meaning. When children answer questions in class, each question will have a different colour hat attached to it. The diagram below shows you in better detail how we use them. Ask your children what hats they have used in their learning today!

Habits of Mind
The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 thinking dispositions designed to help children develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Every week children are taught to use a different ‘habit of mind’ to help with their thinking and apply this to their work.

Visual Maps

The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.

 

 

For more information about the curriculum please refer to the Spring Curriculum 2019 sheet.

AUTUMN CROSS CURRICULAR LINK 2019

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2019

AUTUMN TERM FOUNDATION SUBJECTS 2019

 

SPRING TERM 2020 CROSS CURRICULAR LINKS

SPRING TERM 2020 NEWSLETTER

SPRING TERM 2020 TIMETABLE

 

Summer Curriculum 2019

SUMMER TERM 2019 TIMETABLE