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Term 5 Braeside

Welcome back from a lovely two week Easter break – we hope you all had a good time and are ready for the exciting term ahead! What can we say? It is the term the children have all been waiting for! Yes, we are off to Braeside in a couple of weeks! Yippee!! Our main focus for this term stems from the wonderful day trips we will be embarking on. We have two busy and exciting days planned with the opportunity to take part in and enjoy a variety of team-building, perseverance and problem-solving activities including canoeing, climbing, low ropes, leap of faith, problemsolving and lifeline. With our geography theme being rivers, we will learn about the water cycle, how rivers are formed and where they are around the world. Further research will be carried out in our computing sessions as well. Of course we will be homing in on the Kennet and Avon canal and the famous Caen Hill locks which we will also visit during our time at Braeside. The children will develop their map skills as we plan our route to Braeside and learn about OS map symbols that are used to label the different features. When travelling down, we hope the children will spot some of the famous landmarks we pass and then we will draw on these experiences back at school where we will create our own textured piece of artwork linked to what we have seen. In English, our aim is to create imagery in our writing through a narrative unit using the books ‘The Journey’ by Neil Griffiths and ‘The River Story’ as a stimulus. We will follow the boat in the story on its exciting voyage into the unknown and use the language features as inspiration for our own descriptive writing. Our music focus will link into the theme of the local environment as we listen to and appreciate the Flight of the Bumble Bee and Swan Lake in our sessions. We will use these pieces in PE too when composing our own gymnastic routines. In maths, we will be looking at fractions including decimals and scaling mud kitchen recipes. We will also learn to navigate using an eight-point compass, which will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to get outside and do some orienteering. The focus on PSHE will be relationships, knowing how to make friends, how to solve friendship problems when they occur, helping others to feel part of a group, showing respect in how they treat others, knowing how to help themselves when they are upset or angry and knowing what makes a good relationship. In RE we will be looking at baptism in Christianity, Bar and Bat Mitzvah in Judaism and the thread ceremony in Hinduism. What makes this topic so wonderful is that all the experiences in the classroom will really be brought to life for the children through the various activities during our time at Braeside. We not only look forward to really enhancing the children’s learning, but making some brilliant memories with them too! Thanks for your continued support, The Year 4 Team

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