WELCOME TO THE YEAR 4 BLOG! This year….I will!
As you know, this year has been the year that WE WILL! Our focus in class will be discovering more about impact which the Romans had on our own country alongside learning more about life at this time. In support of this, we will be reading several Roman myths, such as Romulus and Remus and learning more about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius when reading Escape from Pompeii.
RE will continue to be the heart of our curriculum and the children will be working alongside Mrs McGurk during their Come and See sessions. We will be learning about Community, Giving & Receiving and Self-Discipline. Judaism will also be a focus of our studies in other faiths, following on from our Passover celebration in Holy Week.
In our history sessions we will learn about Boudicca, the invasions of the Romans and the Roman army. We will learn more about key aspects of human geography through studies of invaders and settlers. We will also be using maps and atlases to follow how the Roman Empire itself spread. Our Art sessions will also take inspiration from this point in history as we look at the symmetry, tessellation and the wonder of mosaics. We will learn how mosaics were used to retell stories just like cave paintings, and recreate some ourselves in class and at Forest School.
Our scientific investigations will also be inspired by this period in history. We will learn more about forces and friction as we investigate how Roman chariots moved. We will also study a myth about the water-cycle as part of a focus on the weather around us. In Mathematics we will be continue to learn more about fractions and will be using the Romans to inspire our work on shape, pattern and telling the time (with the use of numerals!). We will be also be continuing to improve our knowledge and recall of our multiplications facts up to the 12 x table as we prepare for the end of year multiplication test in June.
In PE, we will be transforming ourselves into modern day Gladiators as we prepare for our annual Key Stage 2 Sports Day. We will also find some time to develop our fielding skills as we take on cricket or rounders when the weather improves. In Music we will learn to play as an orchestra as we continue take part in whole class sessions with The Becket School staff. When we are in the Computer Lab, we will be using Minecraft to construct a Roman temple and we will be using programmable Lego to build a robot which can pull a Roman chariot (in miniature of course!). In Design and Technology we will be creating our own catapults, based on Roman designs. This will also link to our Forces topic in Science.
How you can help…
I have had many parents come to me asking how best to support their children with us here at BRW. As a result, here are a few key things which can prove invaluable in supporting your child.
1) Check homework newsletters which go out each Tuesday. This will have up-to-date information on the children’s activities too.
2) Regular use of Times Tables Rocks Stars and Mathletics will help the children master recall of their multiplication facts up to 12×12 by the end of Year 4.
3) Encourage your children to read at home and ask them questions about what they are reading.
4) Ensure children are wearing the correct uniform, have full PE kit and are on time for school.
All your support makes such an enormous difference!