Hello and welcome to all new Year 4 pupils and parents. I hope you have enjoyed the summer break and are looking forward to the fun and challenges that await this year.
We should get things off to an enjoyable start in English as our first topic will be nonsense poetry – it should be brillig! Following that we will be writing instructions and then writing a descriptive adventure story based on a chase.
Our class reading book will be Tiger, Tiger, the story of two tiger cubs whose lives, following their capture, follow radically different paths in ancient Rome. This should link nicely with our topics in History and Geography which will focus on the Romans, their invasion and occupation of Britain, their empire and trade.
The place value of numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will form the bulk of our Maths study this term with a little measurement of area thrown in for light relief. There will be a significant focus on times tables and a weekly multiplication test, usually on a Friday. Friday will also be the day on which our spelling tests take place, the words for the test being given out no later than the Monday of that week.
Loud and sparkly explorations and investigations await in Science as we will be looking at Sound during the first half of term, and Electricity in the second.
ICT lessons this term will increase the children’s familiarity and expertise with Microsoft Office programs such as Publisher and Word, as well as instructing them how to explore the internet with safety.
D&T will mirror our work in other areas of the curriculum as we will be making musical instruments, fabulous nonsense creatures and a Roman road – or at least a small scale replica of one!
Year 4 have a treat in store in Music this term as we will have a visiting tutor teaching us the ukulele. Each child will have an instrument assigned to them and they will be available to take home to practice. More information to follow! As well as the ukes, Music will see us exploring rhythmic patterns before practicing our singing in the run up to Christmas.
Whilst the field is still dry we will use it as much as possible for PE. Please remember that your child requires trainers in order to take part in PE on the field and that plimsolls are required for indoor PE. It is a requirement that earrings are removed (it would be helpful if you could do this prior to sending your child to school) and that long hair is be tied up.
Finally, food, days, dates and ‘where I live’ will be the focus of our French study.
If you can help your child with their spellings and times tables I would appreciate that, and you will be making a significant contribution to their progress. Regularly listening to your child read a variety of books, magazines and online articles is also vital to their continued development. Remember the All Saints Reading Challenge continues and all of the reading you do at home can be logged in their reading journals and counts towards the gaining of certificates.