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Does Invasion Always Change a Country's Culture?

Our Project this half term focuses on History and the invasion of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. 

Our whole class text this term is Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman.  

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P.E: In PE we started the year playing Tag Rugby. We learnt lots of new skills, including how to pass a rugby ball with a 'pop pass,' how to defend against the opposition, how to score and how to pass the ball backwards whilst running. In Gymnastics, we practised our rolls, including teddy bear rolls, pencil rolls and forward rolls. We learnt how to do handstands and cartwheels and then put all of these movements into a sequence which we performed to each other in small groups.  We are now working on our dribbling and passing skills in Basketball and working on our personal bests in a range of disciplines in Indoor Athletics. 

English: In English, we have been learning about and writing our own haikus. Haikus are a form of Japanese poetry of seven syllables, in three lines of five, seven and five. We started by sounding out syllables in words and deciding on topics we could write a haiku about. We then explored a range of vocabulary we could use to describe a chosen topic. From this range of vocabulary, we wrote haikus as a whole class and in partners, before writing our own haikus. We have been writing character and setting descriptions based on the opening scence of 'How to Train Your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell. We explored new vocabulary including 'trechurous' 'butterfingered' and 'murky' and used these words in our descriptions. 

Maths: In Maths, we have learnt about the place value of numbers, adding and subtracting four-digit numbers, and length and perimeter. We have 'Fun Maths Friday' every Friday when we apply what we have been learning to a games or problems. We are currently learning about multiplication and division including multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, multiplying by 0 and 1 and multiplying 3 numbers together. We regularly learn and rehearse times tables and related division facts to 12 x 12. 

Science: In Science, we are learning about Teeth and the Digestive System. We have been investigating the effect different liquids have on our teeth, using egg shells to represent our teeth. We have used water, apple juice, Coca Cola, orange juice and orange squash and made daily observations to observe the changes. 

Reminders

PE days are Tuesdays (Basketball) and Thursdays (Indoor Athletics).

PE kit : White Layer de la Haye logo top, Navy blue sport shorts, trainers 

Homework 

Reading: Children are expected to read at home 5 days a week minimum, either with an adult or on their own. Please ensure children bring their reading journal and reading book to school every day. 

Times Tables Rock Stars: Children should access Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week at home. Being able to recall times tables is essential to success in Mathematics and underpins many mathematical concepts. Children should know their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4.

Spellings: Spellings will be set for homework on a Monday. Spellings will then be tested on a Friday. 

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