Welcome to Year 4

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Our Learning

 

Topic
Our topic this term is ‘Explore Romans’ and the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding of British history with a focus on The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain at the time and the legacy it left us. We will start by learning about how Rome was founded and then will go on to look at Roman families, Roman houses and towns, Roman food and drink, Roman entertainment and Roman jobs (including the Roman army).

 

English

Our initial focus is poems which use imagery, and the children will be thinking about how similes and metaphors are used to create powerful images in the reader’s mind. They will move towards writing their own descriptive poem inspired by ‘Window’ a wordless picture book, by Jeannie Baker.
An exciting narrative, ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore’ by W.E. Joyce will be used as a guide for the children to create their own mini book. The children will be encouraged to think about noun phrases and superlatives in terms of character and setting contexts. They will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the term ‘show not tell’ the reader.
As the children begin to understand The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, we will use ‘Roman Diary, The Journal of Iliona a young slave’ by Richard Platt to create a writing opportunity as they imagine themselves to be a Roman slave for a week. They will be encouraged to think about time adverbials, comparative conjunctions and rhetorical questions. They will write effective sentences for a historical diary which will draw the reader in to their inner thoughts and feelings.

 

Maths
Our initial number focus is place value. The children will have the opportunity to explore and use a variety of representations to become fluent in the order and place value of numbers beyond 1,000, including counting in 10s and 100s.They will then move on to addition and subtraction with numbers up to 4-digits using the formal methods of column addition and subtraction where possible. In multiplication and division, the children will be practising recall and using multiplication tables and related division facts to aid fluency, practise mental methods and become fluent in the formal written method of short multiplication and short division. Problem solving and reasoning will continue to be an important part of all our maths when the children are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills independently and to persevere when they are stuck.

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