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Happy New Year everybody!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break, and are all ready to zoom into Spring term! We have another busy term ahead, focusing on our new topic ‘Traders and Raiders’. This topic will see us explore the life of the Vikings, and how they invaded Anglo-Saxon England. You can see our topic overview here: Traders and Raiders topic page
We will be using the text ‘Beowulf’, written by the fantastic author Michael Morpurgo, as a basis for much of our learning. This book is recommended for 7-9 year olds, however due to the nature of the Vikings, it is a little gruesome! Don’t worry, it has been well vetted by Mrs Stamp, and focus activities will be carefully chosen!
We will be focusing on identifying and using multiple clauses in sentences, and improving our use of punctuation, particularly the use of commas to mark clauses in sentences. Another area of focus is the correct use of tense – we currently have quite a lot of fluctuation between past and present tense, and this should be consistent in writing.
During this term, we will continue to master our use of written multiplication and division methods. Children should continue to practise their times tables at home as regularly as possible to help with this. Later in the term, we will be learning about area, fractions and decimals! (Tricky stuff!)
Thank you for your continuing support with homework. Most homework sent in is of a brilliant standard and this really impacts the progress seen in school. We will continue to send home literacy, maths and spellings on a weekly basis. We also expect children to read every night if possible, whether to a parent, grandparent, sibling, pet, or to themselves!
We will be sending home optional topic homework this term, which will be found both in books, and here: Viking Topic Homework
This is optional, and children can bring learning into school when completed.
In the final week of the Spring term, Y3 and Y4 went on a 2 night residential to York. During our stay we visited Murton Park and lived like Vikings for a day, the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Dig, Jorvik Centre and York Minster. Here are some photos of our amazing trip.
Autumn term 2017
Welcome back to school, and welcome to Year Four!
Mrs Stamp teaches from Monday to Thursday, and Mrs Murray teaches on a Friday, supported by the fabulous Teaching Assistants Mrs Gear, Mrs Bradley, Mrs Sharples and Mrs Parry!
We begin our busy Year with the topic ‘I Am Warrior’, where we will be learning all about the Roman Empire and their invasion of Britain. On the 13th September we venture to Chester to explore the Roman museum, participate in a Roman workshop and (most excitingly!) march alongside a Roman Soldier!
See our Topic Overview for more details on curriculum coverage.
In Literacy, we will be reading a Caroline Lawrence book called ‘The Thieves of Ostia’, and we will use this text to encourage our own Roman fiction. Caroline Lawrence writes a series of Roman fiction books which I would encourage you to take home and read! They are fab! (Currently my bedtime reading too…)
We will also be using our Roman topic to inspire persuasive writing and the creation of playscripts, and hopefully to create some budding reporters during a newspaper unit.
During Maths we begin with a focus on Place Value, looking at the value of digits in 4 digit numbers; ordering and comparing numbers; rounding numbers; and to match our topic, Roman numerals!
Later in the term we will be focusing on addition and subtraction.
One of the most exciting parts of Year Four is your swimming lessons. We continue to swim on a Friday, so please bring your kit on this day! (Black swimming costume or trunks). We have one other PE session which is on a Tuesday afternoon.
Literacy, Numeracy & spelling homework will be set on a Friday and is due back the following Thursday.
This is an expectation of children in Year 4, and those who don’t complete at home may be asked to complete this during their school day.