I would like to begin this Curriculum newsletter by extending a warm welcome back to everyone! After what can only be described as a unique end to the last academic year, I have to say I am very much looking forward to engaging with and teaching a class full of children again!
A special welcome to Joel and his family, who is joining our class in Year 3. I am confident that all the children will do their best to make him feel very welcome.
The first week back has been a great success, with the children keen to share their enthusiasm about being back at school and adjusting well to the new rules and systems in place. There has already been an excited buzz around our new Cornerstones topic ‘I am Warrior,’ which I will discuss further in this newsletter.
Our English this half term will be linked to our Cornerstones topic ‘I am Warrior’. We will begin by focusing on character description, learning to describe both Celtic warriors and Roman soldiers. We will become familiar with the story of Boudicca’s rebellion through drama, before retelling it through our own comic strip. Through our exploration of Roman life and culture, we will study recipes, write menus and invitations for a Roman banquet. We will then write and perform a playscript for commentary on a fierce gladiator battle! After learning about life in the Roman army, we will compose victory speeches, letters and soliloquies following our successful invasion under Emperor Claudius.
In our SPaG lessons, we will focus on recapping and securing prior knowledge, including word classes such as adjectives and adverbs, extending sentences and apostrophes for both contraction and possession.
Spelling tests will continue to be on a Friday, so please make sure you child has their yellow spelling book in school on this day.
We will begin this half term with a focus on consolidating the foundations of number and place value. This will include Roman numerals, rounding and negative numbers for Year 4. Once secure we will move on to both mental and written methods of addition and subtraction, including carrying and borrowing. Throughout the term we will be applying our understanding in these areas to reasoning and problem-solving questions in all mathematical areas. As we move through the next half term we will apply our understanding of times tables to calculate written multiplication and division problems.
Throughout the year, we will have a strong focus on times tables, in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check that will take place in June for Year 4 children. You may now be aware that children have a log-in in their reading records for a website called ‘Timestable Rockstars’. Here the children have the opportunity to practice their times tables and earn certificates and rewards for continued practice and progression with their times tables. In addition, the children will have a small times tables test on Monday mornings in class to assess their rapid recall of multiplication facts. We will begin these at the end of September.
Mrs Huntriss will teach Science on Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. This half term, the children will be covering ‘States of Matter’ which will include sorting materials into solids, liquids and gases, investigating gases, heating & cooling, evaporation and the water cycle.
Our Cornerstones topic for this half term will be ‘I am Warrior’. We’ll divide into two warring groups: the Celts and the Romans. We’ll research Celtic and Roman warriors and write soliloquies as soldiers. Using different source materials we’ll investigate the Roman Empire and read Roman numerals. After designing and making shields, we’ll test them in battle and practise our attacking and defending skills. The Celtic warrior queen, Boudicca, will inspire us to create stories and artwork. We’ll write plays about gladiators and a menu for wealthy Romans. Using maps, globes and information books, we’ll compare Britain (the home of the Celts) and Rome (the home of the Romans). We will explore life in the Roman army and plan our own invasion, whilst exploring the important role of the camp cook (and tasting some samples!) At the end of the topic, we’ll reflect on what the Romans did for us and how they changed life in Britain.
Our Computing topic for this half term will be ‘Coding with 2Code’ and will explore coding using our Purple Mash software. Your child will have a login in their reading records if you wish to explore this further at home. There may also be other homework tasks set on this platform throughout the year, which you will be notified of in homework books.
RE - RE will be on a Tuesday afternoon and our topic for this half term will aim to answer the question: ‘Why is the Bible important for Christians today?’
PSHE – Following on from our ‘healthy heart’ lessons this week, our topic will focus on ‘Health and Wellbeing’, including diet and why it is important to get enough sleep.
PE will be on Thursdays with Mr Cairns and Fridays with Mr Walker. Please make sure children have their kit in school on these days.
French – Children will learn French on Friday afternoons throughout the year. Our first topic will be called ‘Les monstres’ and will focus on descriptions.
Homework – Children will receive homework on a Friday and it should be brought back into school on Wednesday, unless it is a Topic homework, which children have 2 weeks to complete.
I look forward to working with you over the course of the year and if you have anything you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me via the class email: email@example.com
Miss R. Boyle