Year 4

In Literacy this term our story writing will focus on characters, action and settings. Our non-fiction writing will be a recount and instructional text.  Reading:  Children are reminded to take their reading book and reading record home every night and they should be brought into school every day. In year 4 it is still very important for children to read to an adult as much as possible (even if they are a free reader).  In Numeracy we will be covering the following areas of mathematics: place value and understanding of number,  mental and written methods of all four operations and applying these skills to solve one and 2 step problems, fractions and decimals, shape and measures including  data handling. Mental calculation skills are very important in year 4 so please support your child in learning their times tables.

Autumn 1 topic: Rotten Romans. This is a history based topic where we will be learning about the Roman Empire. This will include: the Roman invasion of Britain and why the Romans came to Britain, a comparison between the Romans and the Celts, Boudicca’s revolt against the Romans and also what the Romans did for us.  We are currently in the process of arranging a trip linked to this topic.

Autumn 2 topic The second half term topic is Switched on! This is a Science and DT based topic where we will be learning and investigating about electricity. This work will involve lots of practical investigations into how circuits work. We will be investigating conductors and insulators of electricity and how to make a switch for a simple circuit. At the end of this topic the pupils will apply their knowledge to create an electrical device.

Reading: please read at home with an adult as much as possible. (even if you are a free reader)

PE days: Monday – All jewellery needs to be removed. Indoor and outdoor PE kit (named) will be needed.

Homework: is mainly to consolidate learning from the week.  The homework is set on a Friday and needs to be handed in on the following Tuesday.  The homework alternates between work that is set in the homework book and work that is put onto Active learn or Bug club (children’s log ins are the same as last year).  This week it will be in the books.

Spellings: given out on a Monday and tested on a Thursday (starting from next week).

Timestables: tested on a Wednesday (starting from next week).