Welcome to Class 4 with
Who’s that waving axes and brandishing swords? It’s the Saxons invading Britain’s shores! During this half term, we’ll start by making Saxon weapons and armour. We’ll write reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Saxons’ landing, and we’ll find out about key dates. Using online maps, we’ll plot the location of Roman shore forts and draw our own sketch maps. We’ll make models of Saxon weaponry, homes and jewellery and carefully carve runes using clay tools. When we learn about the Legend of King Arthur, we’ll retell the story, and write character portraits about Alfred the Great. We’ll write poems praising King Olaf, making sure they are complimentary, and learn about the everyday lives of the Saxons and Vikings. Using maps, we’ll identify the places where the invaders came from and locate Viking invasion sites. We’ll research Viking beliefs and take part in a scrumptious Viking feast.
On Friday 2nd February the Vikings will be visiting school for the day, where the children will
have the opportunity to come to school dressed as a Viking and take part in fun learning activities. Look out for a letter coming home soon, with more details about the day.
In Maths this term we will be completing work on place value and how we can use this to help us to add and subtract numbers. We will also be looking at how to round 4-digit numbers up or down to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. Times tables will also be practiced on a daily basis in school and it would be very helpful if you could help your child practice them at home too. All children have a school account for 'TTRockstars'; an online site for children to practice their times tables and compete against other students.
P.E. will still be on Wednesdays and Thursdays (for Year 5 only). Please ensure correct kits are in school on these days. Kits should consist of a t-shirt, shorts/jogging bottoms and trainers.
On a Thursday afternoon all Year 4 children will be going to Swimming lessons.
This term I have sent spellings home with the children for the whole of the half term, so that you have got them in advance to have a look at. They are also available at the bottom of this page. Spellings tests will be on a Tuesday and children will have the opportunity to practice them everyday in class. Please could you also practice them at home with your child.
Maths homework will be sent home every Thursday too, to be handed in on the following Tuesday.
Again this term our topic homework will be project based and your child will be sent home with a list of activities, where they can choose one of them to be completed and handed in before the end of term. I always look forward to seeing what wonderful things the children (and you!) have made at home.
Reading books will be changed every Monday morning and at this time the children's planners will also be checked. I would appreciate it, if you could help your child by spending 5 minutes reading with them at home, at least 4 times a week. DoJo's are rewarded for children reading at home.
Lastly, please could you ensure your child brings a water bottle and book bag to school every day. Having a book bag helps the children carry books, reading record, homework and letters out with them at the end of the day.
Once again, I am very much looking forward to the term ahead and I would like to thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to come and speak to me or contact me on DoJo.