In Year 4 we have two classes: Class 9 who are taught by Mr. Goff and Class 10 who are taught by Miss James. Class 9 is supported by Mrs Vaughan and Class 10 is supported by Miss White.
Class 9 have their P.E. on a Tuesday afternoon and their homework is given/collected on a Wednesday. Class 10 have their P.E. on a Thursday afternoon and their homework is given/collected on a Monday.
This half term in English, we used the book ‘The Iron Man’ for inspiration for our writing. We used the writing skills we learnt to write a character description of the Iron Man. We have used the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ as inspiration for our reading and our writing. We used the text to help us learn to write dialogue. We also improved our reading strategies, such as wondering and visualising. Next half term we will read a myth from ‘The Orchard Book of Roman Myths’ and focus on our grammar and word class knowledge alongside our reading strategies.
We have started to use reading VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summarising) three mornings a week to improve our reading skills. We read a short piece of text and answer VIPERS questions based on it. We are learning to use evidence from the text and to explain our ideas.
Our maths topic this half term has been learning the formal written methods for multiplication and division. We have learnt the long and short methods of multiplication and the bus stop method for division. We have used these methods to solve simple arithmetic calculations as well as word problems and problem solving. Next half term we are moving on to fractions, including decimals.
Topic and Science
This term our topic is ‘Life in Roman Times’ which ties in with our class text ‘Escape from Pompeii’. During these lessons we have learnt about the spread of the Roman Empire, the invasion of Britain and the Romanisation of Britain. In Art, we have designed and made mosaics, and will continue to explore different types of Roman mosaics. We will learn more about Roman life next half term.
In Science, our topic is ‘Sound’. We have explored how sounds are made and can explain how sound travels to our ears. We have investigated how sound travels through solids and gases. We will continue with our scientific investigations next half term.
Spellings and Times Tables Rock Stars
Weekly spellings will be sent home for us to learn ready for our tests on Thursdays in Class 9 and Tuesdays in Class 10. We need to remember to go onto Times Tables Rock Stars to practise our times tables.
We have our Rainbow Reading lists. We should be borrowing these and reading them to adults at home, then completing the Rainbow Reading activities at school. We could always get a head start by visiting Clifton library and seeing if any of the books are there for us to borrow.