Mrs Abraham is our class teacher, supported by the fabulous Teaching Assistants Mrs Parry, Miss Sheard, Mrs Galbraith, Mr Greenwood and Mrs Thomas!
Autumn Term 2018
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!
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!
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 will 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.
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.
Life in Year 4
Year 4 have had a great start to the year but the highlight so far has to be our trip to Chester on Thursday. We had a wonderful time learning about about the Romans, where they came from and what their lives were like. The best bit was walking round the town centre dressed as Romans (even though it was a bit soggy!)
This term, Year 4’s topic centres around Traders and Raiders—a study of the Vikings! We start the topic with a bang, taking part in a Viking workshop at school. As we move through the term, we will look at where the Vikings came from, why they explored other countries and culture and how this has embedded into our culture today.
In literacy, we will be basing our learning around the book ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will also be writing our own Viking Saga, we will be
writing a persuasive piece of text, and creating non-chronological reports.
During Maths, we will continue to practise written methods for multiplication and division, as well as apply these skills in a wide range of problems. As we move into the second half of the term we will focus on fractions and then decimals.
Click on the links below to find out more about our learning this term and homework ideas…
For our final term Year 4 are learning all about rivers. We will be going on visual expeditions across the UK and the world in search for the most rivers that can be found.
We will begin our topic reading The Raft – a beautiful story that creates fantastic imagery! As the weeks progress we will produce persuasive texts and try to get our heads around difficult literacy concepts such as subordinate clauses and possessive plural apostrophes!
After half term, we will be looking at some texts about rivers around the world. Using the research, we will to produce some fascinating explanations texts and powerful poetry.
We begin our Summer term with some more learning on decimals! We will compare numbers with the same number of decimal places, round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number and identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and Hundredths.
Later in the term we will move on to time, statistics and geometry. Lots of difficult concepts!
Try to continue practising times tables and calculations at home where possible, ready for our big test in June!
The countdown has begun. Our residential is only a couple of weeks away at Robinwood in Wrexham. I know we will have lots of fun, make great memories and build confidence and resilience. Watch this space for photos of our time away.
Have a further look at what we will be learning about and fund activities to complete as homework this term by clicking on the Rivers topic map and homework web links.