Happy New Year to you all! We hope that you enjoyed the festive season and are looking forward to another busy term.
The Rotten Romans We are excited to be delving into the history of the Romans. We will be finding out about the rise of the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. The children will have the opportunity to study replica artefacts, take part in a Roman feast and carry out Roman army exercises. There will be a Roman Day on the 8th February, so start thinking about your costume! There will also be a number of Art and DT projects during which children will be designing mosaics, and making jewellery and shields (which can be used as part of their Roman Day costume).
Mrs Carrett and Miss Cooper
Welcome back - we hope that you have had a lovely summer, and like us you are looking forward to the school year ahead. This term our topic will be Wonderful Water.
This topic will encompass many aspects of the curriculum with a particular focus on Geography and Science. We will be learning about how rivers are formed, the journey of a river and the impact that rivers have on the human and physical world. The children will learn about the Water Cycle and how water changes occur within the environment. Art lessons will include how artists represent water, experimenting with painting colour and texture, and collage. D and T projects will investigate how water can be used as a source of power.
Throughout the term we will be using a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, focusing on creating detailed descriptions of story settings, newspaper reports, non-chronological reports and riddles based on our topic learning. Spelling patterns, punctuation, grammar and handwriting using the continuous cursive style will be practised on a weekly basis.
We will be building on the children’s previous learning in mathematics and increasing their fluency in all aspects, ensuring that they can read and write numbers to and beyond a thousand in addition to numbers to two decimal places. They will be expected to know all of their times tables to twelve by the end of Year Four, please practise these at home regularly.
Each term, Year 4 will be reading a quality novel that will move on their learning. Children are expected to read aloud to an adult regularly at home, preferably at least three times a week. Asking your children questions about the text will help them to develop their retrieval and deduction skills.
Children will NOT regularly be given lists of words to learn. They will instead be investigating and learning spelling rules. For example, they might be collecting “except after C” words. Their knowledge will be tested in a variety of ways such as dictation, whiteboard activities and interactive games.
Year 4 reminders:
1. Children will need PE kits on Mondays (outdoor) and Wednesday (indoor). Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is clearly labelled.
2. Please ensure your child has a named bottle of water in school every day.
3. Home learning is set on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday. The expectation of home learning is that the children will spend 30 minutes on the task.
4. Reading books need to be in school every day.
Should you have any queries at all please feel free to speak to us. Thank you for your continuing support.
Mrs Carrett and Miss Cooper
We hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter break and are looking forward to this term.
First and foremost, we would like to congratulate the children on a hugely successful and highly praised production of ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean!’ We were extremely proud of the children and overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have received. We would also like to thank you for your continued support in making the production such a success.
The Year 4 Residential to Burwell House will be one of the most exciting events of this term! Throughout the residential, the children will develop social and communication skills as well as learning about the village itself. During next half term, the children will take part in a variety of comparison activities between Bishop’s Stortford and Burwell. We are very much looking forward to the trip and hope your children are too!
4JT – Monday 11th July – Wednesday 13th July
4DC – Wednesday 13th July – Thursday 15th July
A terrific topic where children get the opportunity to get up close and personal with the creepy crawlies and creatures around school. The children will be taking part in a minibeast safari and will learn lots about life cycles, food chains and habitats.