Welcome to Year 4
Our Teacher is Mrs Dean and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Williams.
In English we will be reading ‘Escape from Pompeii’. This together with our ‘Romans’ History topic will inspire our writing activities. This will include a job application to be a Roman soldier. We will write a recount, letters and a leaflet. We will cover a range of grammar work including the use of conjunctions and recognising clauses in sentences. Punctuation will include the use of the possessive apostrophes. Different spelling strategies will be covered including adding different prefixes and suffixes.
In Maths this term we will investigate symmetry of shapes. We will look at equivalent fractions, find the effect of dividing 1 or 2 digit numbers by 10 and 100, recognise decimal equivalents and compare numbers of 2 decimal places. We will measure the perimeter of shapes and calculate the area of rectangles using counting methods. We will also use co-ordinates and translate shapes. Finally we will learn to tell the time to the nearest 1 minute and solve time problems.
Our Science topic is our topic is ‘Electricity’. We will explore common appliances that run on electricity, construct simple circuits, name the different components, switches, insulators and conductors. We will also consider electrical safety.
‘We are toy designers’ is our Computing topic for this half term. The children will design and make an on-screen prototype of a computer-controlled toy, understand different forms of input and output, design, write and debug the control and monitoring program for their toy.
This half term we will continue to learn about ‘The Romans and their impact on Britain’ in History. We will visit Chester, learn more about the Roman army, the invasion of Britain, Hadrian’s Wall and Boudicca. We will explore cultural and religious beliefs in the Roman Empire.
Our focus in Design and Technology this half term will be ‘Torches’. The children will investigate, design, make and evaluate torches. We will apply our knowledge from our Science topic to make a working switch for our torches.
In R.E. the children will continue to explore the question, ‘Why do some people think that life is a journey?’ They will be look at what happens in ceremonies of commitment in different religions. They will also learn about the Christian Christmas story.
Our theme in P.S.H.E. this half term is ‘Getting on and falling out’. We will look at strategies for dealing with difficult situations. We will also cover issues associated with ‘Anti-bullying’.
Homework, usually Maths, English and any spelling and multiplication tables will be given out on a Friday to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Please read with your child regularly and record this in their reading record as it is part of their weekly homework. Times tables and spelling test take place every Friday.
The outdoor games lessons will be on Tuesdays. An outdoor kit is needed for these lessons. Please ensure that your child has something suitable for all weathers. Children who have earrings must remove them and leave them at home on P.E. days or remove them and keep them safe themselves at school. If ears have been pierced recently the children are responsible covering their own earrings with tape.
Please can you also ensure your child has the correct equipment required for school. Your child will need a blue fibre tip pen with spares, pencil, sharpener, ruler and eraser. They also require a named water bottle.