Hello and Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to the last half term – summer 2!
Well we can’t believe that it’s the last half term together! Year 5 will soon be upon you all…but before that happens, let’s take a look at what this half term has got in store.
What will the children be learning about during summer?
All our learning will link to our topic, ‘Romans’. Our class will be looking at a range of texts, including Who Let the Gods Out and….Our classes will be learning how to create character descriptions and write newspaper reports.
Children will be looking at applying what they have learned throughout the year in word and logic problems.
Everyone will continue to take part in a weekly guided reading lesson with Miss Merry, as well as being provided with opportunities to access other tasks based around reading.
Everyone will also be provided with a library book of their choosing during our class library session to continue that ‘love of reading’. Some children may have an additional ‘leveled’ book issued by a member of staff. It is every child's responsibility to ensure that the books are kept in a good
condition and brought to school every day in case for any reason our library slot changes to a different day. It is also the children's responsibility to decide if they need to change their book during our library session.
Reading is a very important life skill that every individual needs. Please can you spend 10 minutes each night reading with your child.
Our science theme for this half term is Electricity. Children will be taught the following things:
- to identify common appliances that run on electricity
- to construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
- to identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
- to recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
- to recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.
Our new topic is Romans.
During this topic we will be investigating the conquering Romans and learning how they shaped our world today from hundreds of years ago! We will examine what Roman soldiers wore, how Romans travelled around the country, where they settled and where they came from. During art we will be looking at Roman inspired mosaic patterns. We will introduce our topic with a fabulous Roman afternoon.
At the beginning of each half term, the children will be provided with a ‘homework menu’ in their homework books. This is a sheet that provides the children with a selection of home learning tasks. Tasks from this ‘menu’ are optional. The children can decide which tasks they wish to complete and how many. Some children may decide to complete one task from the menu per week and others may complete one larger task during the whole half term. Children will be awarded house points and other merits for any topic homework they complete. We have a dedicated homework display that we are filling with some excellent examples of homework.
‘General homework’ is set by Miss Merry weekly and is compulsory. Homework should be completed with the same standard as we would expect in school (neat handwriting, answers written fully, errors crossed out neatly etc). Homework is set on a Thursday and should be brought back to school on a Tuesday. Each week, the children will be given a list of spellings to learn for a weekly spelling test, will be expected to read their reading book to an adult for at least 10 minutes each night and will be given either a piece of Maths or English task.
This year our P.E. slot will be on a Monday afternoon and also on Tuesday, however we strongly advise that all children bring both their indoor and outdoor PE kit on a Monday morning and take it home on a Friday for washing, as our P.E slots can change from time to time. There are no changes in P.E. kit requirements from year three to year four.
As the weather begins to warm up we recommend that all children have a water bottle in school every day, so that they can keep hydrated throughout the day. We have a designated area in the classroom where we keep our water bottles and children can fill them up at the water fountain in our shared area, at appropriate times. You can purchase a school water bottle from the office or use an alternative bottle. It would be really useful if you can make sure that your child's full name is on the bottle, in case we have more than one of the same bottle.
Fruit for break time
We would also like to remind you that the children are more than welcome to bring their own fruit for break time. However we must stress that they can only bring fruit, as we are a healthy school.
Thank you for your support and for taking the time to visit our class web page. We hope you have found the above information useful.
If you have any further questions or concerns about your child's journey in Year 4 please come and see Miss Merry as soon as possible.
Miss Merry, Mrs Kendell and Mrs Taylor.