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Year 4

Our topic this term is The Romans, we will be expanding on the information the children learned last year and using this to conduct historical enquiries. We will also be looking at Julius Caesar and his rise to power.

In English we have begun reading The Demon Headmaster, by Gillian Cross, and are looking at the features of diary writing. We will also be using our history teaching to write newspaper articles about Caesar’s assassination. After the half term break we will focus on descriptive language, using The Whale’s Song. This will take us into a poetry unit.

In Maths, the children have begun by looking at place value and are becoming comfortable with four digit numbers. Over the autumn term we will focus on mental arithmetic skills and techniques, multiplication and division and fractions. We will also be introducing the children to the formal methods of calculations as we feel they are ready to engage with them.

There will be a year 4 calculation workshop for parents this term. The date will be shared as soon as this is confirmed.

As a school we would like to really push the benefit of having number facts to hand and as such would encourage all children to learn the times tables relevant to their year group using games such as Times Table Rockstars (see link below). Please be aware that end of year 4 expectations state that children ought to know all multiplication and division up to 12 x 12.

Our Science topic this half term is Sound and Hearing. The children will learn about how sound travels, how it can be manipulated or altered and how the human ear receives and makes sense of these sounds.

In RE, we start with a unit of work focused on Christianity and the Church. We will be visiting St Mary’s Church before Christmas as part of the school Christmas concert and will be receiving a visitor who will help the children understand more about a Christian place of worship.

In Art, our focus is pottery, which we will link to our history. The children will study and draw Roman pottery designs and then design and make their own clay pot.

In the second half of the term, the children will be putting on their Year 4 production. After seeing the success of their Aladdin show last year, we are all eagerly anticipating another great show!


Links:  (All children have been issued a username and password) (Science Sound and Hearing videos and quizs) (Video about Christian places of worship) (Grammar games) ( All children have usernames and passwords)

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