Year 4 Miss McMahon
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Information for Parents and Carers
Spring Term - Year group 4
Topic: The Romans
Religion: Our topic is, ‘Being a Sacramental People’. The children will be learning where they can find God and understand that God is present in the world today. They will also learn about the Sacraments; the actions and symbols used in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and how God is present in these.
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: Year 4 will be using a wide variety of 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 writing stories with historical settings, explanation and persuasive texts. 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.
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; we will also be looking at plurals and using apostrophes to mark possession.
Maths: Please continue to support your child to learn their times tables up to 12x12. This term we are continuing to study multiplication and division, 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 topic is Humans and other Animals. We will be looking at the digestive system and the function of teeth. You can help by researching and discussing with your child how our digestive system works. We will also be constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. Encourage your children to think about what types of animals might be in a food chain and see if you can spot any out and about this Spring!
Spanish: We will be continuing our foreign language study by learning about The Tudors! We will then move on to practical contexts such as ordering food at a café. This 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; we leave school at 10.30am and return by 12.00pm. If you are able to help Y4 walk to and from the swimming pool, please fill in the swimming rota on the door by the playground.
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