Year 4 Newsletter
Term 1 & Term 2 2018
Mr Shipley and Mrs Stewart would like to send out a warm welcome to all parents/carers and children of Year 4 and we hope all of the children have had a fantastic summer holiday. We have a fun and exciting term planned with lots of opportunities for great learning.
Our topic this term is Rotten Romans. We will be learning about the Roman Empire, Roman soldiers, people and daily life as well as the impact the Romans had on Britain. This is a fascinating topic and explores comparisons of modern and past times as well as exploring a range of geographical features such as volcanoes and countries of the world.
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In English, we will be learning to write letters, using the book the day the crayons quit to help us understand their structure and purpose. Using this knowledge we are going to be writing letters from the perspective of Roman weapons. Later in the term we will be creating warning tales using Roald Dahls wonderful tale of The Minpins. We aim this term to use a range of class books to encourage and celebrate a love of reading.
Below are details of the grammar content to be taught during Year 4:
The grammatical difference between plural and possessive –s
Standard English forms for verb inflections,
Instead of local spoken forms.
Noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives,
nouns and preposition phrases.
Use of paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme.
Appropriate choice of pronoun or noun within and across sentences
to aid cohesion and avoid repetition.
Use of inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech
Apostrophes to mark plural possession.
Use of commas after fronted adverbials
Terminology for pupils
determiner pronoun, possessive pronoun adverbial
In Maths, we start the year with a strong emphasis on place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division.
This term we will be learning about how to keep safe on the internet and how to use technology responsibly. We shall also be using scratch to develop coding skills, learning how to create programmes.
Music this term will link to our topic and focus around recorders.
In Re we will be studying Islam and Incarnation. We will also have trips to the church to celebrate the harvest festival and Christmas.
In the first half of the term the children will be focusing on the JIGSAW unit, ‘being me in my world’. This theme focuses on self-awareness, motivation and social skills.
This term, the children will be learning gymnastics and multi skills this will include one in door and one outdoor lesson per week. PE lessons will be on Mondays and Thursdays.
Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings they will be unable to participate in PE for health and safety reasons.
The Science focus this term will be on states of matter, this will involve: comparing and grouping materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases, observing that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
Children will be able to identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature
Our library time is on Thursday. Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.
Homework activities are sent home every Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. Each week, the activites will have a Maths, English and comprehension focus and will be connected to the learning that has taken place that week.
Every child has their own reading book. May we request that you make a comment each time you hear your child read. Your child will be given regular opportunity to change their library books. We recommend that they are encouraged to read a wide range of genres.
Spellings and Times tables.
Spellings and times table tests will be every Friday, spelling booklets will be sent home to practise every week. Times table practise will be provided in school and your support with learning at home will be appreciated.
During this term we are hoping to visit the Verulamium museum where we will spend the day in character at a real life Roman market in order to enrich the children’s learning. More information will be provided.
Celebration assembly will continue to be held on Thursday afternoons and singing assemblies on alternate Fridays, please refer to our assembly schedule on our school website.
We would like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your child’s needs and progress. Two evenings are to be held on Wednesday the 17th and Thursday the 18th of October. However, if you wish to discuss your child’s learning before this, or at any other time, you are welcome to make an appointment. If you need to speak with myself before school please ask at the school office first, thank you.
Year 4 Teacher