Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
As we start the new year, we would like to share with you an overview of the learning journey your child will take part in, during the Spring Term. After an incredibly busy, yet amazing Autumn Term, the children are now fully settled into Year 4 and ready for the thrilling term ahead.
We will continue to structure much of our learning around our themed units. Some subjects will still be taught discretely, where they do not easily dovetail into the overall theme.
Our main theme for this term will be Roman Britain. We will begin by asking the children to complete a historical learning log task, based on a brief overview of Celtic history. Following on from this, we will be travelling back in time to Roman Britain to investigate how Celtic life changed and the continued legacy of their impact. This will link into our Writing and Art work, as well as our DT, where we will be sewing a Roman money container.
This will continue to alternate between MATHS and ENGLISH, set on a Monday, to be returned the following Monday via Teams. A learning log task will be set each term, where children are given two weeks to complete a mini project relating to our current topic, which will allow them to apply other curriculum skills. In addition to this, the children should also be practising their spellings or times tables weekly, ready for their test the following week.
Thank you for your support with the return of our reading records. We are so impressed with the amount of home reading that the children are doing. Just a reminder, please can these be returned to school each Wednesday, so they are in school ready to take to the library with us on this day.
Just a reminder, that all children have logins to the School Library Service, https://portsmouth.eplatform.co/. This is a fantastic service, where the children can loan books and eBooks online, to read at their leisure. We would really encourage you to explore this wonderful service, as it is something that will benefit the children’s reading.
Finally, do not forget about the amazing website Big Cat Primary | Primary English | Collins Big Cat. This is an incredible resource, which has an array of reading books, and English tasks, containing tasks linked to spelling and grammar. All the children’s login details were emailed home in the Autumn Term. If you do not have these, then please do contact your child’s class teacher.
TIMES TABLES TEST
During the Summer Term, the children will all be completing a Times Tables Test. This is a new Government method of assessment that will check that all children in Year 4 know their times tables up to 12x12. It will take place in June 2022, within a three-week window, where there will be 25 questions, and the online test will last approximately 5 minutes. Children will have six seconds to answer, and input each question, with a three second gap in between.
There are lots of useful websites available, which follow a similar format, to that of the test, and extra practise at home will be incredibly valuable.
Monday 31st January 2022 and Thursday 3rd January 2022 (3:20pm – 6:00pm) – Parents’ Evening (via Teams)
P.E. – A reminder, that all children are to wear P.E. kit to school every Tuesday, as well as on their class P.E. day (see below for days). For reasons of safety and personal hygiene, it is important that they are appropriately dressed for the P.E. activities. Children are encouraged to wear black shorts and or jogging bottoms; their school jumper; their house coloured PE t-shirt. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear, such as trainers.
Additional safety precautions during PE: Earrings need to be removed or covered with plasters or tape (to be supplied from home) and long hair needs to be tied back. No watches or rings please.
4S – Tuesday and Thursday
4SW – Tuesday and Friday
4A – Tuesday and Friday
We are confident that we will have a happy and successful Spring and Summer Terms; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email: email@example.com