Welcome to Year 4!
Ms Dunn and Mrs Harbour
Autumn 2 Learning
Welcome back! I hope you all had a great half term and managed to have some precious family time.
This half term we will be learning all about those Rotten Romans and will be finding out what they were really like. We will look at how the Roman Empire began and find out the impact the Romans had on Britain. We will find out who Boudicca was and also learn somethings about the Roman Gods and Goddess. We will then learn about Gladiators and Roman Soldiers and imagine what life would be like for these people. Finally, we will look at Roman houses and the other inventions the Romans created. We will begin our new theme with our Roman Day where we can dress as a Roman and take part in some stories, games, art and drama.
In our English lessons we will be linking our reading and writing with our theme. We will start with learning some Roman Myths and Legends. Romulus and Remus is a great story describing how Rome came to be. We will be taking part in some drama to help us understand the story and to get to know the characters. We will eventually write our own story creating some fantastic and mysterious beasts and some heroic brave characters. We will also be reading a book called 'You Wouldn't Want To Be A Gladiator!'. We will find out what it was like to be a gladiator in Roman times and will consider whether we could be a gladiator - or not!
In Maths we will be learning more about multiplication and division. We will be using our known facts to help us solve other equations. For example, if I know 4 lots of 5 is equal to 20 then 4 lots of 50 is equal to 200. We will be learning how to calculate using short multiplication and division. We can use our place value counters to show what is happening when we complete the calculation. We are solving lots of word problems too! We will also be completing some work on data handling. Year 4 will be finding out the difference between discrete and continuous data. We will be looking at a variety of graphs including pictograms, bar charts and time graphs.
In Science we will be learning about animals and how they are grouped. We will be using keys to help us identify some creatures from a pond and from the sea shore. The children will be using yes and no questions to help us distinguish the unknown creatures using our key. We will then be finding some differences between living things and non living things and then will be writing some key characteristics to help us classify vertabrates and invertabrates.
A few reminders!
PE – Lessons will be on a Wednesday afternoon. Children will need to have a full PE kit in school during the week. This includes:
House colour T-shirt
Earrings to be taken out or taped up
Swimming will take place on Wednesday mornings. The children will need to have a swimming costume/trunks and a towel. Children do not need googles, floats or armbands.
Reading – we encourage daily reading and discussions. Please record in the reading log and bring into school every day. Also, reading activities in the homework books.
Spelling – Weekly spelling rules and words to be learnt at home. We will have a ‘speed spell’ activity during school on these. The rules and words will be put on the weekly letter. Please can log books be in school every day.
Maths homework - We will be using the homework activities that link with our Maths Mastery lessons in school. There will be a meeting about this on Monday 17th September for Year 4 and 5 at 6pm till half 6 by Mrs Loxton.
Water Bottles - children will need a water bottle in school.
Please see the website for weekly letters and other information.
If you have any questions about any of this information please do not hesitate to come and see us.