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Welcome to Year 4!

 

Mrs Clarke

Mrs Vickers, Miss Jones and Mrs Harbour

 

Autumn 2

The Romans! 

 

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!      

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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.  

 

 

Autumn 1 Learning - Italy

 

 

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a lovely summer and managed to do some lovely activities and see some amazing places.   We have an exciting and challenging year ahead of us! 

 

This half term our theme is all about Italy.  We will be looking closely at the country and will be learning how to use maps to focus on Europe and Italy.  We will compare the physical and human geography of Italy and the UK.   On Monday 9th September we will be having a day devoted to Italy.  We will be making a tower of Pisa  (hopefully not leaning), finding out about the story of Pinocchio, learning some Italian phrases and also making and eating some cheese and tomato pizzas.   Towards the end of our Theme we will be making a short TV programme about what we have found out about Italy. 

 

In English this half term we will start by reading an Italian fairy tale called The Frog.  We will be using this to gain some ideas when we write our own Italian tale.  We will also be reading a book called ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ which we will use to show how a character feels and to describe a setting.  We will also be using a range of non fiction books about Italy to find lots of interesting information about the country and the culture. 

 

 

In Maths we will be focussing on reasoning with 4 digit numbers.  We will be finding more or less than a number and will be doing activities to explore place value.  We will be ordering and comparing numbers beyond 1000 and will be rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and a 1000. 

 

In Guided Reading we will be reading fluently and accurately out loud, as well as summarise the main ideas from the text.  We will learn to answer questions about the text in detail by retrieving the information from a text. 

Our Core Skills area is ‘Learning With Others’.  We have three targets which we will be focusing on during our lessons.  In RE we will be finding out more about Buddhism and how Buddhists live their lives. 

 

A few reminders!

PE – Lessons will be on a Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon.  Children will need to have a full PE kit in school during the week.  This includes:

House colour T-shirt                            Black Shorts/joggers

Pumps/trainers

Earrings to be taken out or taped up   

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. 

Spellings – Weekly spelling rules and words to be learnt at home.  We will have a ‘speed spell’ activity during one of our lessons 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.  Please see the weekly letter to know which activity you will need to complete during the week.  If you have any questions about this, feel free to ask.

 

Please check here 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.

 

We had a great day exploring the Italian culture. We made home made cheese and tomato pizzas (which were yummy and better than Domino's!). We learnt some key phrases so we could talk to an Italian person and also made some famous Italian landmarks. A fab day!

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