Friday, 27 April 2018

Communication Letter - Summer

 Communication Letter

Dear Parents/ Carers of Year 4 Pupils,

I hope you have had an enjoyable Easter break with your family. Our topic this term is the Romans.

This Romans unit will teach your children about the impact the Roman Empire had on life in Britain. They will learn about the spread of the Roman Empire, the invasion of Britain and the eventual conquest. The children will also look in detail at some aspects of the Romanisation of Britain, such as the building of Roman roads and bath houses. In addition to this, they will have the opportunity to learn about the
British resistance of Boudicca and will act in role to look at the events of Boudicca's rebellion from different perspectives. The children will also investigate Hadrian's Wall, examining how, where and why it was built. They will learn about the different features of the wall and use maps to determine its location. A lesson on gods and Roman religion will help the children to understand more about the culture and beliefs of Roman people, and they will play and design games to consolidate their knowledge about the different Roman gods and goddesses.

During this term Year 4 will be learning about electricity in conjunction with other areas of science covered by topic work.  The children will learn about what electricity is and how it was discovered. They will identify which appliances use electricity in their homes and how to keep themselves safe. Children will construct circuits, start to create pictorial circuits and conduct an investigation into how easily different types of switches can break and reconnect a circuit. We will also carry out an investigation into whether certain materials are conductors or insulators. By the end of the unit children should be able to recognise some common conductors and insulators by testing different materials as part of a circuit to see whether or not they conduct electricity.

We will be investigating and discovering ‘Where, how and why do people worship?’  The children will look at several religions and will have the opportunity to compare and contrast by looking at similarities and differences, between where and how people worship. 

Year 4 outdoor PE this term will be athletics and summer sports. Sometimes our timetable has to change so PE kit should be in school every day please. Key Stage 2 children, who forget their PE kit on 3 occasions in a term, will be in less than 10.

Art aprons
Please would you provide an old shirt or apron for art that stays in school at all times - thank you. 

We are just finishing of our unit on ‘the firebird’, which has been focused on writing sensory descriptions, descriptive dialogue and using subordinating clauses for complex sentences. The following three units for this term will be stories with humour, myth of Romulus and Remus (topic) and poetry unit.  In the story with humour, we will be using David Williams’ Billionaire Boy and Mr Stink; children will investigate, read and write humorous stories. Year 4 will get to exercise their imagination and develop rounded characters as they explore their own humorous style as they investigate the distinctive style of other authors. They will investigate dialogue and structure, along with several other grammar objectives.

The start of this term will be focused heavily on fractions.  The new curriculum has seen a massive weighting put upon this area of mathematics in lower Key Stage 2. It cannot be stressed enough how vital fast recall of the times tables and division facts are for your child’s progression in this strand of mathematics.  In the last part of the summer term, we will recap upon all operators and units of measure.

The homework will continue with the same format: weekly spellings and weekly mathematics facts.

Homework Reading
As you know it is hugely beneficial for children to read regularly at home. For many children comprehension based discussion is the most valuable use of shared reading time.

Homework Spelling
Homework will continue to be set and tested weekly.  In addition, please could you regularly practise with and test your child on their half termly spellings. Thank you for your help.

Please don’t hesitate to come and see me if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,

Luke Sherlock

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