Spring 1 Year group - 4
Our topic for the Spring term is The Romans.
Religion: Our topic is ‘Jesus at prayer’. We will learn about the significance of Passover, Exodus and Easter, all in the context of the role of prayer in everyday life. To support this topic, please discuss with your child the Sunday readings and encourage them to apply the Church teachings in their daily life. Also at the end of the term, Year 3 and Year 4 will have their Easter play, celebrating the mystery of the Resurrection of our Lord.
English: We will study The Romans, linking in books and non-fiction texts to stimulate imagination and creativity in speaking and writing. We will use this prompt to write in a variety of genres, including stories with historical settings and stories from other cultures, as well as explanation texts, instructional texts and play scripts. Please encourage your child to take account of punctuation when you read at home and support them to recognise and use good examples of sentence structure or powerful vocabulary. It is great to see that so many parents take an interest in reading with their child and sign their Reading Record regularly. Children need to have their reading book and reading record with them every day.
Handwriting: We will continue to work on joining up our writing and writing clearly in a legible style. Please make sure that children have a quiet space to practise handwriting at home and that they use their finger spaces, capitals and punctuation when they write. If your child is reluctant to join their writing, please encourage them to start by joining short words (2 or 3 letters).
Grammar/spelling: We will be focusing on sentence construction and the use of grammar to extend creative ideas and sentences, including a range of openers. We are looking at vocabulary building, including the use of homonyms and antonyms and understanding the difference between plural and possessive. We are encouraging children to use their grammar knowledge in all contexts as much as possible (e.g. guessing the grammatical category of a word they are trying to work out).
Maths: Please continue to support your child to learn their times tables up to 12x12. This term we are studying decimal numbers up to two decimal places, fractions and area. It would be great if you could encourage your children to recognise and read price tags in shops, looking at where the decimal is placed and to begin to think of solving money problems linked to decimals in real life contexts.
Topic: This term, our focus is history with elements of geography and the use of maps and atlases. Our topic this term is The Romans, an extremely interesting topic that has us already excited about finding out who the Romans were, where they came from and how they contributed to our development. We are studying their impact on British history, as well as the general role they played in the history of mankind.
Class trip: as part of our topic, Year 4 will be planning a trip to St Albans. We will be taking part in a local history study of the area! Dates to be confirmed.
Science: Our new topic is States of Matter. We will be investigating the properties of solids, liquids and gases and study how some materials change state when they are heated or cooled. We will also be identifying the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.
Spanish: We will continue our foreign language study by moving on to practical context such as ordering food. Our new topic At the Café will help children learn how to order, inquire about prices and ask for the bill in a Spanish restaurant.
PE Days - Wednesday- PE; Thursday - swimming On these days, your child will need their PE and/or swimming kits. A big thank you to the parents who are helping every Thursday - (leaving at 10.30am and returning by 12.00pm) to walk to and from the swimming pool with Year 4. Please fill in the Swimming rota on the door by the playground if you are able to help.
Spelling day - Monday - Please ensure your child has their completed spelling journal on this day.
Homework days: Maths – Monday, to be returned on Thursday
Literacy/Topic – Thursday, to be returned on Monday