WELCOME TO THE YEAR 4 BLOG!
Firstly, I’d like to say a warm welcome back to all of Year 4 and their parents. I am thoroughly looking forward to this term and can’t wait to make the most of each moment we have together. The children have already demonstrated their BRW Spirit and resilience during past two terms. The sky is the limit as they enjoy their last in Year 4.
How did the Roman Empire Evolve?
As you know, this year has been the year that we demonstrate our determination and strength of spirit! 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 Miss Ferrara during their Come and See sessions. The topics include New Life, Building Bridges and God’s People, Giving & Receiving and Self-Discipline.
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 Italy itself, its landscape, climate and migration patterns. We will also be using maps and atlases to follow how the Roman Empire itself spread. Our Art sessions will focus on this point in history as we look at the work of Paul Klee and use his inspirational art pieces to create our very own sculpted and tessellating designs.
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. 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 our own in-house 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 rounders when the weather improves. In Music we will learn to play as an orchestra as we compose in our 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 learning more about Internet Safety.
What you can do to support your child throughout Year 4.
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 Monday. This will have up-to-date information on the children’s activities too.
2) Regular use of Times Tables Rocks Stars, Numbots 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!