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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 Pauls

Hello and welcome back to the Spring 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 Mrs Dietrice (our teacher on Thursday morning) 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 C Sheehan  (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.

BEING A SACRAMENTAL PEOPLE

 In this unit, the children will:

  • Revelation: (7-11)

  • Responses to creation (e.g. in prayer, art, music etc.)

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    The Church (7-11)

  • To being 'Church' in the parish, diocese and universal Church

  • Elements of sacramental celebrations (e.g. blessing, exchanging greetings, praise)

  • Their freedom to choose and responsibility to choose the good

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    Celebration (7-11)

  • The practice of examination of conscience and its significance for Christian living

  • The rite of Reconciliation and its significance

  • The Sacrament of the Sick

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    Life in Christ (7-11)

  • Conscience as a gift to be developed through the practice of examination of conscience

  • Sin as a failure of love and the love and mercy of God which calls people to sorrow and forgiveness

  • The values of sharing, showing respect and care for others

 

 

FROM LENT TO EASTER

In this unit, the will children will:

  • Revelation: (7-11)

  • The Gospel accounts of key events in the life of Jesus: passion and death (7-11)

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    The Church (7-11)

  • How the local Church is ‘good news’ for people and how everyone can have a part in this (7-11)

  • How the school community has opportunities to be ‘good news’ for others (7-11)

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    Celebration (7-11)

  • The significance of the Church’s names for this Sacrament the Mass, Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, the Breaking of Bread (7-11)

  • A variety of prayers and prayer forms, formal and informal used for personal and community prayer (7-11)

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    Life in Christ (7-11)

  • The joy and challenge of and the giving and receiving in relationships (7-11)

 

PE will take place each Thursday with Non Stop Action starting with athletics this term and Swimming lessons will be on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your children have the correct PE kit Swimming  costumes and that each item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name.  Girl's need to wear a full swimsuit and boys need swimming trunks. All children should have two swimming hats at all time. 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

  • 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

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

GEOGRAPHY

Our Geography topic this term is ‘Jamaica’ 

In this topic the pupils will learn about:

      • Where is Jamaica?

      • How is Jamaica connected to other places?

      • What do we think it will be like there?

      • What is the landscape of Jamaica like?

      • What are the homes of the children in Jamaica like?

      • What is the school in Jamaica like?

      • What is the main type of work in Jamaica?

      • How do people sell and trade goods in Jamaica?

      • What are the main similarities and differences between our locality and Jamaica?

       

       
     
 
 

Creative Writing

  • Planning and writing stories

  • Character description

  • Settings

  • Story openings

  • Diary entries

  • Letters

Fiction

  • Stories from other cultures

  • Fantasy stories

  • stories set in the Caribbean (Linked with Geography )

  • Narrative poetry

 

Non-fiction 

(also Linked with humanities)

  • Persuasive writing

  • Newspaper report

  • Instructions

  • Report writing

  • Non-chronological reports

  • Explanations

 

 

Reading

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

Individual Reading Records

Book Reviews

Handwriting practice

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.

 

MAKING MONEY PURSES. (linked with History)

The children will investigate different types of money containers and will have the opportunity to design and create their own using various sewing and cutting skills.

SKILLS

  • To look at and investigate different types of purses

  • To investigate various materials used to make a purse

  • To design their own purse

  • To construct and assemble their purse

  • To finish their purse by decorating

  • To evaluate final product

 

 

1st half: LINKED WITH GEOGRAPHY

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 aspects of life in Jamaica

  • They will use the information to support various aspects of their learning eg creating a brochure

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

2nd half:

The children will continue the coding programme for Year 4.

 

The children will study the artist William Morris and his style of art.  They will be recreating work by this artists. They will develop their skills in using a range of media.   

 

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

 

 

SCIENCE

1ST half: Sound

  • Sound

    Pupils will be taught to:

    Identify how sounds are make, associating these with vibrations.

    Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the air

    Find patterns between the pitch of  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 distant from the sound source increases

    Scientific enquiry

    Investigations to find which material provides the best insulation against sound.

     
2nd half: Animals including humans
  • Pupils will be taught to:

    • Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans

    • Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.

    • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey

    Scientific Enquiry: 

    Investigation on what damages teeth

     

     
 
 

 

 

 

 

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 2018 sheet.

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