I Was There... Boudica's Army is a fast-paced and fascinating account of a young girl in the Iceni tribe in AD 60. As Queen Boudica leads her people to march on Roman-occupied Colchester, young Kassy's beloved pony, Honey, is stolen away and taken to war. Will Kassy be able to find her and bring her home safely?
Escape from Pompeii - Tranio, like most Roman boys, likes to watch whatever is going on: tradesmen selling their goods, ships unloading their exotic cargoes, politicians making speeches in the forum. But one hot August day a very different scene unfolds. The ground begins to shake, the sky to darken. People run gasping for air. Heading for the harbor, Tranio and his friend Livia hide on a boat and witness one of the most terrifying moments in recorded history-the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of their beloved city, Pompeii.
Monday - Spelling (due in Wednesday).
Wednesday - Maths (due in Friday).
Friday - Comprehension (due in Monday).
Please read regularly with your child and sign their reading record. Book changing days are Monday and Thursday.
In English, we will be creating our own newspaper reports and writing persuasive texts to recruit soldiers for the Roman army.
How you can help your child? Encourage your child to read their reading book and ask them questions about the text which they are reading.
How can you help at home?
It is important to read a variety of texts with your child. This can be anything from their reading books to newspapers and leaflets. This will help to extend your child’s vocabulary and their understanding of different text types, which will in turn help to improve their writing.
As mathematicians, we will;
- Show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
- Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten
- Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number
- Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
- Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths
- Recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4 , 1/2 , ¾
- Find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100
- Identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths
- Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number
- Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places
- Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.
This year, Year 4s will take part in the compulsory Times Tables Check. Children will answer 25 questions, with only 6 seconds to answer each question.
Please ensure that you regularly practise and test your child on their times tables. At the end of Year 4, children should know the all times tables up to 12x12. It is always useful to practise the times tables as this really helps children with a range of mathematics work in school. If you have access to the internet, please visit the following sites to support your child's learning at home.
RE - Jesus Son of God
In RE we will gain an understanding of Jesus, who he was, his teaching and behaviour. As well as this we will use stories from the bible to illustrate and emphasise that Jesus is the Son of God; that he was born both God and man.
As scientists, we will be studying electricity. We will;
- Identify common appliances that run on electricity
- Construct a simple electrical circuits, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
- Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
- Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
- Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductor
As historians we will be exploring the spread of the Roman empire and investigating key facts about the invasion of Britain, including how it affected different types of people. We will also be examining Hadrian’s Wall and the beliefs that the Romans held.