Welcome to Year 4!
Our new topic 'Town planners' is now fully underway and the children are showing a great deal of enthusiasm and enquiry to find out more about the Romans and their impact on Britain.
Please see the letter below for ideas about home learning projects.
In our current unit on multiplication and division, we are using formal written methods to multiply and divide numbers. We are also representing these calculations through arrays, bar models and using place value grids where needed.
In our current English unit, we are learning to write information texts. Our final outcome will be to write our very own non-chronological reports about the Romans.
News and reminders
13.02.20 - Trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Roman Britain workshop
03.03.20 & 05.03.20 - Parents evening
30.03.20 - Rocksteady concert
PE, for the rest of this half term, will take place on a Thursday. However, this can change so please have the PE kits in every day!
During the second half term of the autumn term, Goldcrest class will be taking swimming lessons every Wednesday morning.
All pupils swimming will require a swimming costume, or trunks, a swimming hat and a towel.
The letter with all the relevant information has gone out. Please, email me or the office if you did not receive it.
Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day. We have drinking water in class for refilling.
Reading every day is the most important part of learning at home. Please log each book you read by filling in the grid in your home learning book and complete one activity each week.
In Goldcrest class, we are expecting children to practise their times tables on TTRockstars for 10 minutes every day.
In addition to this, there will be a set of Diagnotic questions set for homework every Thursday and children will be expected to complete this by the following Wednesday.
Suggested reading books for Year 4 children:
Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
The Demon Headmaster - Gillian Cross
A Caribbean Dozen - John Agard & Grace Nicholls
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters - John Steptoe
Beowolf - Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Dragon's Child - Jenny Nimmo
The Ghost Blades - Anthony Masters
Sara, Plain and Tall - Patricia MacLachlan Smart Girls - Robert Leeson
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky - Susan Jeffers & Chief Seattle
Robi Dobi - Madhur Jaffrey
The Reluctant Dragon - Kenneth Grahame
Flow - Pippa Goodhart
Dragon Poems - John Foster & Korky Paul
The Crazy Shoe Shuffle - Gillian Cross
The Sea Piper - Helen Cresswell
The Chocolate Touch - Patrick Skene
Catling Spacebaby - Henrietta Branford
A Pot of Gold - Jill Bennett
Fog Hounds Wind Cat Sea Mice - Joan Aiken
The Clothes Horse - Allan Ahlberg
It Was A Dark and Stormy Night - Allan Ahlberg
Max and the Millions - Ross Montgomery
The Children of Green Knowe- Lucy Boston
The Accidental Prime Minister - Tony Mclaughlin
When the Mountains Roared - Jess Butterworth
How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear - Jess French
Survivors - David Long and Kerry Hyndman
Terrible True Tales from the Tower of London - Sarah Kilby and Peter Cottril
100 things to know about Science - Usborne
Dear parents and carers,
We hope that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas holiday.
For the next 10 weeks, we will be embarking on our new unit called ‘Town planners’ in which we will be learning about Ancient Rome. During this unit, we will be focusing on History, Geography, Art, Computing and Design & Technology.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work and we would like you to talk to your child about Ancient Rome as much as you can throughout the coming weeks.
Additionally, if you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
We also would like you to know that we will be visiting the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to learn more about the Romans and their impact on Britain. You will receive a separate letter with more details soon.
Your child should choose one of the following long-term home learning projects, to complete over the next few weeks:
- Write a portal story of a character going back to Roman times.
- Write a list of things the Romans created and still remain in Britain.
- Compare your life with a child living in Rome. Draw pictures to show the differences.
- Draw a map of Roman Britain –what was the capital? How was it different to now?
- Produce a poster to recruit for Roman soldiers to defeat the Celts.
- Design a model of an aqueduct
- Design a model of the Colosseum
Your child’s long-term home learning project should be brought into school by week commencing 16th March at the latest. Please help and encourage your child with this project, but without actually doing the work for them. Encourage your child to spend some time each week working on their long-term project.
Other key information
Please continue to encourage your child to read regularly and continue to practise their times tables daily on TTRockstars.
As the weather gets more unpredictable please ensure that your child has a coat or waterproof jacket. Of course your child needs a water bottle (filled with water not juice please!) with them each day, along with a school bag to carry books and letters safely. Please ensure that all school uniform is named as it makes it much easier to reunite them with lost items!
We will continue to teach one PE lesson and one swimming lesson a week until the end of this half term. From then on, the children will have two PE lessons a week.
If you have any comments or questions about your child's learning, please do get in touch.