Welcome back! We hope that you have enjoyed your Christmas break and are now ready to take on further challenges of ‘Year 4’.
We still have so much to look forward to for the rest of the academic year, with the new national curriculum providing some exciting and thought provoking foundation topics.
• Autumn Term- Pharaohs
• Spring Term- I am Warrior (Romans) & Burps, Bottoms and Bile (Digestion)
• Summer Term – Road Trip USA & Potions (Solids, Liquids and Gases)
This half term our new topic is...
‘I am warrior (Romans)’
We will be following a thematic approach and linking subjects where possible.
This foundation topic has a strong history and geography focus and gives children the opportunity to apply the geographical skills they have already acquired. At the heart of this topic, children will study the Roman Empire and its influence on life in Britain.
Current class novel: Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo.
Writing in role (Informal letter to a friend).
Writing an additional chapter for a contemporary story.
Persuasive text, e.g a one-sided argument
Children will study poems based around a theme.
- Contextualised grammar and punctuation exercises.
- Common spelling patterns.
- ERIC - Daily reading sessions in class.
- Handwriting - Revision of letter formation and basic joins.
Pupils will revisit and regularly practise Times Tables knowledge, working towards immediate recall of all multiplication and division facts up to 12 times table. Children will study place value of numbers and apply this knowledge to problem solving.
Children will study - Measurement: Area
Week 1-2: Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares.
Children will study - Number: Fractions
Week 3: Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.
Week 4: Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.
Week 5: Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number.
Week 6: Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.
The pupils will be set regular challenges on the Manga High and Active Learn websites. The challenges help the children to practise and consolidate maths concepts, which are being covered during lessons. Last year, it had a very positive impact on the progress of the children who regularly completed the challenges, so please encourage your child to log onto their account at home.
The children will have a weekly mental maths test and times tables test/maths badges.
Please practise badges at home (these can be found on the Maths page of the school website).
Science - Living things and their habitats
(Delivered by Mrs James for 4H)
Pupils should be taught to:
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 this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
History - Romans
Pupils should be taught about:
- The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
This could include:
- Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC.
- The Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army.
- Successful invasion by Claudius and conquest, including Hadrian’s Wall.
- British resistance, for example, Boudica.
- ‘Romanisation’ of Britain: sites such as Caerwent and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.
Geography - Romans
The children will:
- Locate Italy and the surrounding countries on a world map.
- Identify geographical features in Rome.
- Study the geographical location of Rome and the spread of its power across the globe.
D.T/Art - Romans
The children will:
- Design and make Roman mosaic art.
- Make Roman bread.
- Design and make a Roman model (Homework Project).
(Delivered by Mr Jarrett for 4H)
This term's unit is 'Being modest and Listening to others'.
The children will:
- Consider how believers show that other people matter.
- Consider how Christians show that Jesus' words matter.
- Consider the importance of listening to others.
PE - Hockey (Friday PM)
Swimming - Thursday AM (both classes)
Revision of numbers
Days of the week/Months of the year.