Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and new year. We will be starting our new topic of Rotten Romans with an exciting WOW day and following it up with a fantastic day spent with a Roman soldier on 21st January. We are very much looking forward to this interesting and historical topic!
As scientists, we will be studying electricity. We will understand and create our own circuits. We will also look at how electricity is generated and which appliances use which type of electricity.
As young technology users, we will be learning to create iMovies on iPads and using Google Maps to explore different areas of the world.
As historians, we will be exploring the spread of the Roman empire and investigating key facts about the invasion of Britain, including how it affected different types of people. We will also be examining Roman roads, Hadrian’s Wall and the beliefs that the Romans held.
As ambitious learners, we will be designing and creating our own Roman mosaics and pottery. We will also be creating our own information texts, persuasive texts and newspaper reports about the Romans.
In Inspire Maths, we will be looking at fractions this half term. This will include equivalent fractions, counting up and down in hundredths, problem solving and adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.
We will also be learning how to read and write Roman numerals.
How can you help at home?
Try using bars of chocolate to find fractions and equivalents. Ask your child to explain how to find a fraction or an equivalent fraction. The internet has lots of sites which can help you if you need!
You could also look for examples of Roman numerals and try to work out what they are in our numbers. Try looking on clocks and old buildings.
Please ensure that you regularly practise and test your child on their times tables. At the end of Year 4, children should know the all times tables up to 12x12. It is always useful to practise the times tables as this really helps children with a range of mathematics work in school. If you have access to the internet, a Google search for ‘maths games’ is always a fun idea! Children can also be tested to earn their exciting Maths Challenge badges!
Monday - spelling, grammar or comprehension (due in Wednesday).
Wednesday - maths (due in Friday).
Friday - English (due in Monday).
In English, we will be exploring world of Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! And focusing on creating newspaper articles, persuasive writing and revisiting writing information texts.
How can you help at home?
Try reading some newspaper articles together, looking at what they all have in common and the kinds of language they use. You could look for examples of persuasion whilst watching the television, i.e. in adverts. You might also want to read some non-fiction together, for example information texts or explanations about different things.
It is important to read a variety of texts with your child. This can be anything from their reading books to newspapers and leaflets. This will help to extend your child’s vocabulary and their understanding of different text types, which will in turn help to improve their writing.
- 7/1 School opens
- 14/1 Healthy Schools Week
- 21/1 Roman soldier visiting for the day
- 15/2 Break up