Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 4
Our topic this term is Ancient Greece
In English this term, we will be looking at line and form poetry, Greek myths and discussion texts. The children will look at examples of Greek myths, including: Theseus and the Minotaur, King Minos, Pandora’s Box and Perseus and Medusa, before writing their own. They will also read a range of discussion texts and then, research, plan and write their own. Throughout the term, the children will continue to develop their understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar. They will explore the use of fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, -ing and –ed clauses and three verbs for action. In reading, we will continue to develop our super 7 skills by reading a wide and rich variety of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. This will all be linked to our Ancient Greece topic and science. Our exciting whole class daily read will be Who Let the God’s Out by Maz Evans and as always, the children are invited to take part in BIG UP YOU BOOK during our weekly library visits.
In our mathematic lessons, the children will be consolidating their understanding of multiplications and division and addition and subtraction whilst developing their knowledge and understanding of fractions, decimals and perimeter. The children will have the opportunity to use their reasoning skills and problem-solving skills within their lessons as well as work in pairs and small groups on investigations. We are also practicing our times tables every day in preparation for the national test which takes place on the week commencing 8th June. The children will be using Times Tables Rock Stars to support their development.
In science this term, we will be looking at animals including humans and after February half term, we will begin to look at sound. The children will carry out a range of scientific investigations and continue to develop their enquiry skills.
Our topic this term is Ancient Greece! We will be finding out all about Ancient Greek civilisation and their powerful empire under the reign of Alexander the Great. We will spend time looking at prolific philosophers, such as: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. In art, we will be exploring Greek pottery and will each make our own coil clay pots. In computing, we will be looking at HTML and developing our ability to write read, understand and write code and create our own webpages. During our weekly RE lessons, we continue to explore Hinduism. For P.E., we will be practising our fundamental skills and apply them within game situations. We will be learning to play tennis and have an inter-house (Year 4) tournament at the end of the term. In music, we will be learning to play the keyboards with our specialist music teacher, Miss Smith.
P.E. is on Monday (outside) and Friday (inside), but the children will need a full PE kit in school every day.
Key Dates and General Reminders
- Reading books are needed in school every day.
- Homework is given out on a Friday to be returned to school on Thursday.
- Spellings will come home on Friday and are tested on Fridays.
- Water bottles are needed every day.
- Please label all of your child’s belongings, including P.E. kits.