Saturday, 17 February 2018

Welcome back

We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday and hope that you have all had a relaxing and happy half term break. 
This half term we have plenty of exciting events happening kicking off with our class assembly on Friday 23 February. We hope that many of you will be able to attend to see a short presentation of some of the things that the children have been up to this term. 

Thank you in anticipation of your help with costumes and we hope to make it not too challenging to organise. 

If your child is playing a Roman or a narrator - then any kind of simple Roman costume will suffice. (An oversized white t-shirt and a belt can be most effective)

Roman soldiers will be provided with headpieces. 

If a slave - then as above but with no decorative details. 

Boudicca - a simple tunic. (We will dress her with cloak and jewels)

We hope the children have been learning their parts and songs ready to pull things together this week. 

The children will be able to use their costumes again for Roman day on 28th February for a fun filled day with Charlie Upton, where the children will become Roman Legionaries for the day and build two Roman ‘Onagar’ catapults that really fire missiles and a Roman battering ram.

Also in that week, we have a visit planned on the Monday from a local dentist who will help us carry out some short investigations into teeth hygiene. Please note that the dentist surgery involved wish to include photographs of the children on their website and we will be sending home a permission slips to check if you are happy for them to do so.  

Also in this week, will be World Book Day (1st March). This will be the closing date for our entry to our reading challenge set at the beginning of the month. We hope you have all being reading some new books from Crabtree's top 100 list!

The aim of the day is to celebrate and encourage a positive reading habit and we will be inviting the children to dress up or bring in a prop of a favourite book character. The day in school will also be a chance for us to get excited and inspired, whilst developing a love of reading.

Fast-forward to the end of the term, the final week before Easter holiday, the children will be immersed in all things Roman again, on our visit (sadly not to Rome!) but to Verulamium otherwise known as St Albans!
The week will round off with parent consultations 27/28 March. (Details will follow)

Plenty to look forward to...

Have a great weekend

The Year 4 team

Friday, 2 February 2018

The past two weeks have been very busy and jam-packed with exciting activities. The children have been working extremely hard and produced some fantastic work. A particular highlight being the (very messy) experiment the children conducted based on the digestive system.

It is fantastic to see the children to interested by this unit and continuing their learning outside of the classroom:

Next week we will be investigating tooth decay and it would be much appreciated if you have any empty jam or any other jars that could be sent in with the children on Monday. Thank you in advance!

Our cross curricular writing in English was a huge success.  The children wrote some very exciting, tense and dangerous challenges for Decimus Rex to face. We thoroughly enjoyed reading them and it was clear to see the children applying all the skills we have been learning in lessons into their writing. We will be starting a new unit next week on non-chronological reports.

In Maths we will be deepening our understanding of multiplication and division, written and mental calculations. However, it would be very helpful for those children struggling with time to continue practising this at home.

For homework over half term the children have been asked to make some Roman shields for our topic. Here is some inspiration from last year:

Have a lovely weekend.

The year 4 team 😊

Friday, 19 January 2018

All hail Caeser!

Year 4 are charging along with their new Creative Curriculum topic of 'The Romans'! The children seemed to be enthused by the new topic and we have managed to make plenty of cross-curricular links to our English work too. In English, we have been reading 'The Gladiator Boy' by David Grimstone. While using this book as our main text, the children have produced some wonderful character sketches of the main character and some dramatic, powerful writing about being in the fight scene of a gladiatorial battle. There are a few titles in The Gladiator Boy series if any of the children would like to read some of the others at home, we would love to hear about what they thought.

In maths, we have just begun our new short unit on all things related to 'time'. If your child is struggling with learning to tell the time on an analogue clock, it can be helpful to set something like this around a clock at home. This can give children plenty of practise to see and learn how the concept of telling the time works. We will be teaching analogue time alongside digital time.

In science, our new unit is digestion and teeth. So far we have been learning what happens to our food when it is digested and learnt some of the different body parts associated with the process. Next week we will be conducting a virtual digestive system with some tights and some food stuffs!! It can get messy. 

As mentioned, we have begun work learning all about the Roman Empire. To date, we have focussed on the reason for Emperor Claudius's invasion in AD43. Next week, we will be looking at the organisation and special qualities of the Roman army. A head's up that we will be setting a special DT homework and asking the children to make a replica Roman shield. It might be worth hanging on to any large pieces of card you may come across in the next few weeks!. 

Dates for the diary:

23 February - class assembly 9.10am
28 February - Roman day in school (Roman costume welcomed)
1 March - World Book Day (more information to follow - dress up day)
26 March - visit to Verulamium museum St Albans

Have a great weekend

Year 4 team 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Welcome back!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and are glad to see the children have come back and are ready and raring to go!
We would first like to start by thanking all the parents and children for the kind gifts and cards you gave us before the Christmas holiday. It was very much appreciated!

Next week we will be starting our new topic on Romans which will link in well with our next English unit based around historical contexts. We will be reading Gladiator Boy by David Grimstone with Year 4 next week.

Just a reminder about PE kits- Children will be outside every Wednesday for hockey so warm clothes and kit is essential. Thursday will be dance so a t-shirt and shorts will be fine.

Homework will be starting from next week and we appreciate all your support and encouragement in ensuring the children are completing this.

Date for the diary- Year 4 assembly 23rd February.

The year 4 team.