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Autumn Term

English

 

To start with, in English this term we are retelling the story of Romulus and Remus. 

 

Then we will be learning about Boudicca and creating a newspaper report all about what happened to her.

 

 

Reading

 

In guided reading, we try to match the text to the genre of work we are looking at in English, or our current topic. We are going to be reading a story as a class called 'Roman Rescue' and asking questions all about this. 

 

We follow VIPERS for our questioning. This ensures children get to delve into the text and get a variety of questions. VIPERS stands for:

Vocabulary

Infer

Predict

Explain

Retrieve 

Summarise

 

Spellings/Phonics

 

We currently split year 4 into different groups depending on their phonics/spelling needs. 

 

Maths

 

In maths this term we are focussing on place value of 4 digit numbers. This forms the basis for most of our maths knowledge, so we focus on this for a few weeks.

 

After half term, we move on to addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. 

 

We always have a focus on times tables and use Times Tables Rockstars to help implement this. 

 

 

History

 

We alternate between a history and geography topic throughout the year. In the first term, we focus on Romans in history.

 

We get up to all sort of things in history! We link history to a lot of our other subjects as well.

We look at creating our own catapults (link to DT), creating Roman formations, and finding out the answers to all those important questions you all asked, such as 'Did the Romans have bannisters?', 'Were the Roman's vegan?' and 'Where did they invade first?'.

 

Science

 

In science this term we are learning all about grouping different materials. 

Then after half term we look at living things and their habitats.

 

Computing

 

In computing, we use the chromebooks each week to develop our skills. We use a site called Purple Mash that we can all log on to. This term we will start by looking at E-safety. Then we will move onto coding. 

 

DT

 

In design technology this term we are creating our own Roman catapults!

 

Art

 

In art, we are looking at Impressionism and using the technique to create our own pictures.

 

PSHE

 

This term we are starting my making sure we are all happy in school as we come back. Then we will be moving on to looking and understanding what 'drugs' mean. 

 

RE

 

In RE, we are looking at what it means to be a Hindu for children in Britain today.

After half term, we focus on what it means to be a Christian for children in Britain today.

 

PE

 

In PE we have a focus on athletics and tag rugby. After half term we look at dance and basketball. 

 

Spanish

 

Spanish is a new subject to us at RJS so we are starting from the basics.

We are covering numbers, greetings and colours this term. 

 

Music

 

We are super lucky in year 4 because we get to learn an instrument. This year, we are all learning the violin. Each week, a specialised music teacher comes in to teach music to each class. 

To start with, we are learning about beats, rhythm, pitch and playing lots of fun music games. Nearer to Christmas, year 4 will be able to take their own instrument home to practice with in-between lessons.

 

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