We have lots of exciting activities planned for this term and the year ahead, starting with our topic this term which is The Romans.
This term, we will be working hard to improve our mental maths, especially the recall of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. Times tables is also a big focus for Year 4 to help prepare for the Multiplication Tables Check in Summer 2023.
The link below has a collection of times tables songs children can play and dance along to which will really help them learn times tables in a fun and active way.
The following website is useful for children to get used to the format of the Multiplication Tables Check.
In English we will spend the year looking at a variety of books and carrying out a wide range of reading and writing activities based around them. We will also be developing our reading and writing skills through a range of both short films and longer chapter books. Spelling is a big focus this year, so we will be looking at mnemonics, tricks and tips to help us improve our knowledge of how words are written. Children will have the opportunity to enter Spelling Shed competitions to support this. Furthermore, we will be improving our reading skills to work on our comprehension of texts on a variety of topics.
In Lions class, we love to read, with a cosy reading corner to enjoy quiet reading every day. Each child has a reading bookmark in school which we stamp every time they read at home. There are 6 bookmarks to complete and the children can collect a prize when they have finished each level (32 reads). We encourage any type of reading, including newspapers, magazines, even leaflets and recipes – it all helps!
P.E is on Monday, though it is useful to keep P.E kits in school from Monday-Friday as the children regularly participate in additional PE and sports workshops.
The most important thing children can do at home is to keep up with their reading. Please remember to log any reading on your child's digital record (Boom Reader) so we can keep track and update the children's bookmarks in school. In addition, children should be practising their times tables, using either Times Tables Rockstars, singing along to multiplication songs or trying out one of the fun dances on the BBC Supermovers site. Finally, we will publish weekly spellings on Tapestry for children to practise at home. Although we do not test children on these spellings, we do encourage them to have fun with them, looking for patterns, investigating rhymes and mnemonics for the ones they find tricky. Children can also log into Spelling Shed to play games and complete assignments linked to their spelling words for the week.
Term One news
It has been a very busy start to the year. In English, we enjoyed investigating rhyming couplets and performing poems from Dirty Beasts and Revolting Rhymes and used this as as stimulus for writing letters and also our own poems. In Maths, we are becoming more confident working with larger numbers and developing our mental arithmetic skills. We have also been practising the 6x and 7x table. In History, we have enjoyed learning about the Romans and had a fabulous school trip to Kent Life for an immersive Roman Day. As a class, we used teamwork to make aqueducts, build Roman roads, found out about life as a Roman slave and also life as a Celt. It was a fantastic day and brought all of our learning to life. In P.E, we have been developing our tennis skills, practising our forehand and backhand techniques and getting to play on proper tennis courts. We also enjoyed a skipping workshop and really persevered to improve our skipping skills. Watch this space for more news about what we have been learning about as well as upcoming events.
Term Two news
This term, we will be learning about volcanoes including finding out how the Earth is constructed, why and where we get volcanoes and earthquakes as well as the effects of them, before finishing off with recording and observing rocks around school. To complement our topic, we will be reading the brilliant Pebble in my Pocket which tells the story of a pebble, from its origins in a fiery volcano 480 million years ago to a busy, modern landscape. In Maths, we will be finding out about rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000 and also practising the 9x and 11x table and of course we will be enjoying the run up to Christmas and looking forward to welcoming parents and relatives to Decoration Afternoon on 7th December.
Thank you for your support.
Miss Simmonds and Mrs Redshaw