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Welcome to Laurel Class!


We have an exciting year ahead of us in Year 4 as the children are being introduced to new topics and literature.


In English, we have been reading S.F.Said’s Varjak Paw - producing newspaper articles, poetry and descriptive writing. In Spring 2 term, we will be reading Malorie Blackman’s Cloud Busting. We will continue to develop writing techniques with both fiction and non-fiction texts in order to create a variety of writing styles.


Our Geography topic this term is Mountains! We will be comparing the differences of geographical features between types of Mountains. The key skills the children will be developing will be to explore the features of maps, reading scales and understanding what Mountains there are in every continent.


In Science, the children will be learning about the processes involved in the changing states of matter, the properties of the three states of matter and observing how these changes happen. Key skills we will be developing are ways in which we can observe and record our findings, making predictions and explaining processes using scientific vocabulary.


Our Art this term will be linked to the study of Mountains, focusing on hatching technique and mark making in our sketch books.


Reading is a huge focus here at Buckingham and it is important that children are encouraged to read daily with adult support. Reading dairies need to be signed and are checked daily by the class teacher. Laurel class visit our Junior Library every Wednesday afternoon to exchange books we have read this week. This exchange is a weekly occurrence. Additionally, children are more than welcome to bring in their own literature from home to read in school.


Times tables are practised in class on a daily basis and it is encouraged that the children also practise these at home. Mathletics and Bug Club homework is set online every Thursday- student activity is monitored weekly by the class teacher. Homework books are to go home every Thursday and be returned on Tuesday, having been signed by an adult.