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Puffins

Puffins class

Miss Diffey, Mrs Lane and Mrs Burns

Welcome back! We are very excited to welcome our perfect puffins into year four. Puffins class is taught by Miss Diffey and supported by Mrs Lane and Mrs Burns. We have many exciting topics planned and can’t wait to see each and every one of you spread your wings and achieve! 

Our enquiry question this term is ‘How does the carnival bring people together?’. We will explore this in geography by making comparisons between Chard carnival and other carnivals around the world. We will also be linking our art and PE lessons to the carnival in preparation for our carnival dance on Saturday 9th of October! 

In RE, we will study the religion of Hinduism and aim to answer the enquiry question: ‘What do Hindus believe about dharma, deity and atman?’. We will also focus on the story of Rama and Sita, and get creative with some art projects and drama to experience the Hindu festival of Diwali. 

In maths, we will begin by focussing on place value for numbers with up to four digits and hone our skills in the four operations: addition, multiplication, division and subtraction. We will also explore negative numbers for the very first time. 

The first text we are looking at in English is ‘I’ll take you to Mrs Cole!’ by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman. This is a story about a little boy whose preconceptions about a neighbour called Mrs Cole are challenged after he runs away from home. We will practice using figurative language to create vivid character descriptions and write our own versions with a twist! 

In science we will be studying electricity and sound. We will be carrying out many investigations using the electrical circuit equipment, including setting a trap to expose a notorious biscuit thief! We will link our sound knowledge to music and DT and create our very own musical instruments. 

Mrs Gomes will be teaching Portuguese each week – we will first be looking at modes of transport! 

In computing lessons, we will focus on Scratch to develop our computer programming skills. We will also have some discussions around how to stay safe online and how to report e-Safety concerns. 

Our Physical Education lessons will focus on tag rugby and dance. We will practice our ball skills, tagging tactics and play some mini games. 

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