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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 Summer term.  We hope, like us, you have had a restful Easter 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.

Summer 1st      

From Easter to Pentecost

 

  • Retell the events of the Easter Season from the writing of Luke

  • Explain how the Resurrection and Post-Resurrection appearances lead to belief in the divinity of Christ.

  • Make connections between two sources of revelation by finding belief in the resurrection within the Creed.

  • Recognise, describe and give reasons for the actions of ‘caritas’ by Christians.

  • Show understanding of how belief in ‘caritas’ shapes a whole persons life

 

Summer 2nd – ISLAM week

 

A Virtuous Life

 

Pupils will:

  • Retell the story of the Good Samaritan according the Gospel of Luke

  • Know the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, restraint and courage) and be able to explain them as a response to belief in love of neighbours .

  • Describe how the cardinal virtues are evident in the characters in the story of the Good Samaritan.

  • Name, describe and explain the life work of St John Southworth as one who lived a virtuous life

  • Identify similarities and differences between the Good Samaritan’s and John Southworth’s responses to the moral issues that they experienced. 

 

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

 
 


 

HISTORY

LINKED WITH ICT & LITERACY

THE TUDORS

Pupils will learn about:

  • The Tudor Monarchs

  • What Henry VIII was like as a person

  • The wives of Henry VIII

  • The reasons why Henry VIII married six times

  • The difference between rich and poor people in Tudor times

  • How rich people lived in Tudor times

  • What life was like for poor people in Tudor times

  • The types of buildings the different people lived in during the Tudor times

  • The types of food eaten in Tudor times

  • How inventories identify characteristic features of different types of people in Tudor times

 

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.

 

D & T

(linked with history – The Tudors)

Making a Tudor cup and ball toy

Pupils will:

  • Research and investigate different types of Tudor toys

  • Create their own design brief to make a Tudor toy

  • Generate ideas for their own Tudor toy

  • Design and plan a Tudor toy and annotate the design and plan

  • Make up the Tudor toy using a range of tools and materials

  • Understand how to strengthen and reinforce their structure

 
  • Evaluate their ideas against their design brief

 

 

Pupils will continue to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science

  • Analyse problems in computational terms and gain experience of writing simple computer programmes in order to solve problems

  • Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems

  • Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

In addition pupils will continue to:

Use the computer to research information linked with their history, geography, RE or science topics. They will use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to present their final work.

 
 

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

Living things and their Habitats

Statutory requirements

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways

  • Explore and use classification keys to help group

  • Identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment

  • Recognise that environments can change and that his can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Pupils will work scientifically by:

  • Using and making simple guides or keys to explore and identify local plants and animals

  • Making a guide to local livings things

  • Raising and answering questions based on their observations of animals and what they have found out about other animals that they have researched

 

 

 

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.

SPRING CROSS CURRICULAR LINKS 2019

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2019

SPRING OVERVIEW 2019

SPRING TIMETABLE 2019

Summer Curriculum 2019

SUMMER TERM 2019 TIMETABLE