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Spring 2020

In Year Four we began our Spring term with an exciting new history topic all about the Normans and the Battle of Hastings in 1066. In our first week of the new term we were visited by the Yellow Brick Road Theatre Company. It was a fantastic way to begin a new topic and we thoroughly enjoyed how they brought history to life for us. Here are a few examples of the many activities we completed that day.

Creating a human dragon ship. The Normans sailed to England on these

Making a timeline showing Norman history

Acting out the events of 1066

 

We have also been discovering how electricity is used and how to connect electrical components into circuits. It has made us appreciate how much we use technology in our lives and how fortunate we are to have light at the flick of a switch! We are learning to become amateur scientists testing out circuits to make sure they work. Our Design and Technology topic also incorporates electricity. We are beginning to plan and design our own battery operated lights.

Music lessons continue to be great fun and we are learning to read musical notation more accurately and to play our instruments as a group that can perform together.

Our Computing topic for the first half of this term is Word Processing. We are currently re-creating our own version of the Bayeux Tapestry (Kent Embroidery!) and adding text to describe each scene.

 In the next half term we will have another exciting visit to the Castleshaw Centre where we will take part in lots of team building activities.

Once again, thank you for all you do to support your child in their learning. We appreciate the time you take to hear them read, help them with homework and practise key skills such as recalling multiplication facts.

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Hello and welcome to our Year Four webpage.

We hope to keep you updated with all of our class projects, plans and endeavours over the year. Thank you for taking the time to find out about our learning and for supporting your child’s education when they are not in school.

This half term, we will be learning about the Romans. We want to discover why they came to our area, how they built an Empire and how long they ruled for. Have a look at the photographs from our ‘Romans Day’ at the Castleshaw Centre. We had a great time and learnt more about what it took to be a soldier in the Roman army.

In Science we are finding out about the human digestive system and how our food is converted into energy.

Our Literacy work has a cross-curricular theme and links to our Romans topic. However, we will also be looking at a fascinating picture book called The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. It speaks of what it is like to be a newcomer in a strange land.

In Year Four we encourage the pupils to routinely practise their times tables (multiplication and division) with a target of knowing all facts up to 12 x12 by the end of the year.

Our Design and Technology project for this term is to discover how bread is made and to create, test and adapt bread recipes of our own. Look out for a homework project linked to this theme.

Your child will also have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument and to how read musical notation. They will be taught by Mr Byars from the Music Service for Oldham.

Other general information to note:

Y4 P.E. days: Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon

Homework is given once a week on a Friday. This gives pupils an entire week to complete it and return it by the following Friday. However, they can bring it in earlier if they wish. I also set termly topic-related homework that links to whichever current topic we are studying.

Pupils read regularly in school and are given opportunity to quiz on their book whenever they need to. To enable them to do this, please would you send them to school with their reading book each day.

We believe that it takes a community to raise a child. So, many thanks you for your interest and continued support

Mrs J Dutson (Year Four class teacher), Mrs Tyler and Mrs Wiltshire

Our trip to Castleshaw.

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