Welcome to the academic year 2018 – 2019 in Year 4. Mr Abbott and Miss Spence will use this page to keep you updated about things that are happening in Year 4. We are really excited about the exciting topics that we will be covering over the rest of the academic year. We have an open door policy, so if you have any concerns or issues, please feel free to approach us and we will try our best to alleviate these. Miss Spence will be working the beginning part of the week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, whilst Mr Abbott will be working Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are also supported by Mrs Hastings on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
I am warrior
In Year 4, our topic in the 1st Autumn half term was ‘I am warrior’. Children will be able to research and discover exciting facts about the world’s most famous invaders – The Romans and we look at how we can develop children’s knowledge of the Romans and Celts. Our high-quality teaching resources help children learn about and compare the two cultures and warfare tactics, understand chronology, and study key individuals. We will also be visiting one of the most impressive Roman forts in the North of England…..Segedunum!
Homework has been proven to really help with children’s learning. It can consolidate and build upon learning that has taken place in the classroom. In Year 4, your child will be given homework each week, this will consist of 1 piece of English homework, most likely a SPAG activity and 1 piece of Maths homework, that will be linked to our learning that week. The children will have until the following week to complete and return their homework.
On a Monday, your child will be given their spellings that are to be learnt that week. The spelling test will take place on a Friday.
As part of our ‘I am warrior’ topic, we have been looking at the story of Boudicca and how she led the Icena revolt against the Romans in AD60-61. The children have acted out the story and have written their own versions of the revolt using their own images to visually recount each scene. We firmly believe that ‘role play’ like this, engages the children and allows them to explore text and dialogue that they might not ordinarily do.
Traders and Raiders
During Autumn term 2, leading up to Christmas, we have been learning about ‘Traders and Raiders’. We made sturdy boats to sail the ocean’s fearsome waves. We wrote reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Saxons’ landing, and we found out about key dates. Using online maps, we plotted the location of Roman shore forts and drew our own sketch maps. We looked at models of Saxon weaponry, homes and jewellery and carefully carved runes at the Jorvik Viking Centre. When we learned about the Legend of King Arthur, we retold the story, and wrote our own comics retelling the story. We finished off this amazing topic by visiting York and the Jorvik Viking Centre and York Minster Cathedral! An amazing topic that we have all enjoyed!