Year 4

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.

Topic

Roaming Romans

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.

Literacy

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.

Maths

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.

Science

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.

Kind Regards,

Miss Campy

Class Teachers

Year 4 Teacher
Miss Campy

Support Teachers
Miss Wilson
Mrs Richardson

Important Dates

11th October 2017
Parents open afternoon

19th October 2017
Harvest festival

20th October 2017
Break up

30th October 2017
Return to school

Friday 9th March 2018
Parent open morning

Friday 6th July 2018
Parent open morning

Class Newsletter

How will we reward good learners/well behaved pupils?

Notes home
Phone calls home
Mentions in assembly
Team points
Whole class reward times
Positive praise
Stickers/stampers

Class Information

P.E. Information

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 Books Information

Library day: Tuesday

Reading Books Information

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 Information

Homework Day:
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.

Spellings
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.

Headlice

To keep headlice under control, remember… once a week, take a peek!

It is really important to check for lice weekly, even if you do not think your child has them. If you do find headlice, please treat immediately and notify a member of staff so that other parents can be made aware. If your child has long hair, tying it up might reduce their chances of catching them.

For more information, visit this great website: www.onceaweektakeapeek.ie

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