Welcome back! We hope everyone had a lovely summer break and is ready for the exciting year of learning ahead! This year we invite parents in to read with children every Thursday morning from 8.55-9.20. We will have a selection of books and magazines out for you to enjoy with your children.
Year4 will be researching the Romans until Christmas. We will be delving into the timeline of the Romans – this will focus on the key events that occurred throughout Roman history. We will look at the expansion of the Roman empire alongside debating whether or not the Roman invasion was successful.
We begin the year by reading ‘Rotten Romans’ by Terry Deary. This book explores the beastly battles, gruesome gods and marvellous myths throughout the Roman era. Year 4 will use this book to create adverts for Roman soldiers. The children will be given the opportunity to look at Roman artefacts and pictures to explore the lifestyle, equipment and requirements expected of a Roman soldier.
Once we have completed our adverts, we will then be looking at Roman Myths and Legends! Here we will explore a variety of mythical Roman stories before planning and writing our own mythical story. These stories will include Romulus and Remus, Aeneas and the underworld, and Orion, Diana and Apollo’s spite.
Year 4 will be covering:
- Identifying, representing and estimating numbers.
- Rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
- Ordering and comparing numbers beyond 1000.
- Negative numbers
- Roman numerals
- Multiples of 6,7,9, 25 and 1000.
- Formal written methods for addition and subtraction.
- Addition and Subtraction
Year 4 will have regular opportunities to apply these skills through reasoning and real-life problem solving activities.
Year 4 are learning about states of matter. Throughout this unit of work we will compare and group solids, liquids and gases. We will observe the change in state when materials are heated up and cooled down. Finally we will identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.
Art and Design Technology
- Testing and evaluating the best technique to use before creating a roman mosaic.
- Develop sewing techniques to design and build Roman sandals.
- Recreate the Colosseum using match sticks.
- Exploring and sketching a Roman artefact.
We are very much looking forward to working with all the wonderful young people in years 4 and getting to know you all over the coming year.
Year 4 Teacher
11th October 2017
Parents open afternoon
19th October 2017
20th October 2017
30th October 2017
Return to school
Friday 9th March 2018
Parent open morning
Friday 6th July 2018
Parent open morning
P.E. Days: Thursday.
Weather permitting; P.E lessons may take place outside. Please ensure your child has both their indoor and outdoor P.E kit in school including suitable footwear.
Year 4 swimming day is Friday.
Please ensure your child brings with them a swimming costume, goggles (if required but not necessary), a towel and healthy fruit snack. Long hair should be tied up and all ear piercing removed.
Swimming is part of the national curriculum and the aim this year will be for all children to swim 25m.
A high standard of conduct is expected and school rules apply.
Library day: Tuesday
Reading Books changes:
Please read with your child daily and ensure they have their book-bags in school every day. Reading Book changes will be on Monday.
Homework will be given out at the start of each half term. Children will need to return these every Wednesday to be marked. Books will be returned on Friday.
Children will be given spellings to learn each week. There will be a spelling test each Monday and then new spellings will be given out. Please encourage your child to read the word, cover it up, write the word and then check it.