Welcome to Squirrels!
Class teacher: Miss Winfield
Learning support: Mrs Reed & Miss Plant
Welcome to Squirrels.
Wishing you all a very happy New Year and that you’ve managed to get lots of rest over the winter holiday!
Now we’re all settled into life in Year 4, we are going to hit the ground running this half term with lots of exciting learning.
Our next Topic will explore the question ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici – Did They?’ Through this we will gain knowledge of the Roman period to see if they ‘came, saw and conquered’. We will have many opportunities to look at the expansion of the Roman Empire, using historical events and geography skills, and we will explore some of the key figures involved in this too. We will also be spending a good time looking at transport, bathhouses and the Roman beliefs to see how things have changed and what legacy the Romans have left behind. We are also looking forward to welcoming a knowledgeable visitor to allow us to get hands on with life in those times.
In English, we will be using the text ‘A Journal of Iliona, Young Slave’ by Richard Platt to further our reading and writing skills; broadening our vocabulary and comprehension. This text also aligns well with our topic as it looks at Roman life through the eyes of a young slave – the luxury, the excess, and the politics. We will be developing our writing skills even further through our various writing ‘lenses’ to eventually create our own diary entries.
Part of our week will focus on reading activities and reading for pleasure. Children all have a reading book and diary. Please try and read with your child at least 4 times a week. There are class prizes on offer for those that consistently read at home.
Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
Our Mathematics learning will now build on our previous understanding and explore the four main operations further, particularly Multiplication and Division methods. We will build heavily on fluency and arithmetic in these areas. We will begin to delve even deeper into our mathematical understanding by solving problems and using our reasoning skills as well as manipulatives. We will also be looking to challenge our misconception monster Mikey to really master our mathematics learning.
Times table practise is imperative this year. We will continually do lots of work with this in school but additional practise at home is expected. All children have access to TTRockstars to help with this.
PE will take place on Wednesday afternoon and Swimming will be this term on a Friday. Please make sure children come to school in the correct kit on PE days, at that on Swimming Days they also bring everything they need with them: costume, towel, swimming hat etc.
#enthusiasm #reasoning #focus and #love of learning
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