What a fabulous start back to the Spring Term! The Woodpeckers are certainly oozing with enthusiasm with our current topic, learning all about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. We have been learning about Pompeii and the power and destruction caused by the violent volcano. We will be applying our knowledge to create poetry using a variety of language features, such as similes and personification, to capture the readers imagination of the erupting volcano.
During Guided Reading Sessions we will be looking at different types of poetry, as well as reading a selection of fiction books. We are still encouraging children to become ‘Star Readers’ each week by ensuring they make time to read at home everyday and get their books signed by an adult.
In our science lessons, we are finding out about ‘teeth and digestion’. We will be investigating the different types of teeth we have and how to look after them and keep them healthy.
Multiplications are still at the forefront of our minds, as we prepare for the National Year 4 Multiplication quiz. It is important that the children feel secure in their rapid recall of Times Tables. Extra help and practise at home would be really beneficial.
The children are set a ‘Sum Dog Challenge’ every week which would be great if they could log on and complete at home so they can earn their Sum Dog certificates.
Weekly Spellings are handed out every Friday, which they will be quizzed on the following Friday. The weekly spelling lists can also be found on the main Year 4 web page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to come and see me.
Curriculum Overview for Spring Term
We had a great first half term in year 4. We learned lots of information about The Stone Age. Now we have left the Stone Age behind and we are looking forward to learning more about the Romans in the next few weeks.
We will be learning about the legend of Romulus and Remus and the origin of Rome In our English lessons we will be using non-fiction texts to investigate life as a soldier in the Roman Army. We will explore why the Romans invaded Britain and how they changed the lives of the Britons.
We will be reading the myth Theseus and the Minotaur.
Our author focus continues to be Terry Deary, who is the author of the Horrible Histories. We have been reading and enjoying some of his Horrible History texts.
We are still encouraging the children to become ‘Star Readers’ each week by reading every day at home and getting their diaries signed by an adult. At the end of the week all ‘Star Readers’ get a certificate.
We have a weekly spelling quiz on a Friday and it is important that the children practise their spellings at home. The children should also be learning our common exception words.
It is also important that children practise and learn their times tables at home in addition to what we do in class.
I hope children continue to enjoy their time in year 4.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me any time if you have any problems or queries.
Our Adventure Day at Blackwell Court
We had a fantastic time doing lots of new and exciting activities. We used our strength and courage to climb the climbing wall, helping and encouraging each other.
We had great fun crate stacking and working together to build and climb the towers. When the towers fell we felt like we were flying as we hung suspended in the air.
From the top of the zip line, we were so high up, it looked like it went on forever! It felt amazing as we whizzed over the hills!
We all learnt how to load and fire a bow and arrow through taking part in the archery. We enjoyed trying to hit the target.
Some of the activities felt a bit scary but we worked together and cheered each other on. It was a great day!
Please see our Year group handbook for any questions that you may have.
How to help at home – Please see the curriculum overview for information on what is being covered this term
At our school we want to develop and promote ‘a love of reading’.
The children also have an opportunity to visit the school library and choose a book which they then keep and return at the next class library session.
When sharing a book talk to your child about what he or she thinks might happen next in a story, how the story might end and then ask them to retell the story themselves. Picture books are very important to promote discussion, so look for books without any words to help your child practise this skill. Have fun acting out stories together. Your enthusiasm for a book will help your child to understand that books are exciting. Your child will receive a bookmark with their book and this should target the objectives that your child is working on.
Make reading times fun and relaxed and you will see your child’s confidence grow!
Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space, in their daily lives.