Dear Year 4 parents,
Happy New Year! I hope you have all stayed safe and well over the Christmas holiday.
Our topic this term is The Anglo-Saxons. Following along the historical timeline from our study of the Stone Age in year 3, we will start our journey circa AD43 when the Romans withdrew and our country began to be invaded by people from Germany and Denmark who became know as the Anglo-Saxons. The children will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in what life was like in a settlement, study the art and culture, look at the spread of Christianity and discover the treasures of Sutton Hoo. Moving through time to the Viking invasions, we will learn about the struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
Morning activities will include vocabulary-related activities which aim to improve the children’s word consciousness and reading skills. Some children will also revisit previous phonics learning. We will continue to practise handwriting and spelling, particularly focusing on the long-term recall of learned words and use of word families to support our knowledge.
Using the epic poem, Beowulf, we will create monster v hero narratives followed by newspaper report writing linked to our topic. We will continue to encourage the children to enjoy reading for pleasure and as a key tool to support all their learning. Every child will have access to a banded reading book and/or library book. Please do continue to listen to your child read as often as possible, to discuss the texts and to read to your child, books at a higher level than they may be able to access independently. Guided Reading lessons will take place throughout the week both in small groups and as a whole class. The children will also enjoy paired reading with their peers and time to share both their writing and reading with others.
We will be practising times tables in various ways throughout each week but to supplement this learning, I would be pleased if you would support your child to practise times tables at home. All the children have access to Times Tables Rockstars and their login details can be found in their Learning Log. The children have also brought home paper copies of times table questions. Rapid recall of times tables is fundamental to much of their Maths learning. In addition, they will be sitting the national Times Table test towards the end of this school year.
In a change to the previous format, an overview of this half-term’s spelling words will be posted on our class page and a paper copy sent home as well. With a view to cementing the longer-term recall of learned words, we will be continuing to teach the spelling rules in class and be giving the children the opportunity to practise using the words in sentences, however there will not be a weekly test. In place of this, we will be testing the children on a selection of the words on the overview during the last week of the half-term.
Homework will continue to be set on a weekly basis, usually on a Thursday. Please ask your child to explain the homework to you – it will be either My Maths or a Learning Log activity. It is important that all children complete the homework. Please email me if your child is experiencing any particular difficulties with the completion of the homework.
This half-term we will focus on e-safety. Please encourage your children to practise their keyboard skills on the BBC Bitesize website under BBC Dancemat. It is all free and the children can create an account to save their progress.
This half-term, PE lessons will take place on a Thursday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has warm layers for outside sports.
Most weeks, the class will be taken by Mrs Forster on a Monday afternoon, while Mrs Chaplin works with small groups of children on specific writing, reading or Maths tasks.
Thank you for your support.