Solent Junior School
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Spring Term 2020

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. More details regarding our curriculum can be found HERE.   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. Later in the term, we will be visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace, as a way of ending our exciting Roman topic. You will receive more information later in the term.

This will continue to alternate between MATHS and ENGLISH, set on a Monday, to be returned the following Monday. 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 and times tables on alternating weeks.

Thank you for your support with the daily reading records, as some children have already achieved a number of stickers for daily reading at home! If you could please continue to encourage your child to read regularly and return their reading records every Monday. Children may also take up to 2 books from the library, and they can change their books each week. The expectation is that one of these books will be in school for personal reading, and one is to be taken home.

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 2020, 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 27th January 2020 and Thursday 30th January – Book Look
Monday 3rd February 2020 and Thursday 6th February 2020 – Parents’ Evening
Thursday 2nd April 2020 – Fishbourne Roman Palace Trip

P.E. - The children will have a PE lesson and a Games lesson each week. For reasons of safety and personal hygiene, it is important that they are appropriately dressed for PE activities. For Games, in addition to the required PE kit, we would like the children to have a change of socks and a tracksuit for when the weather turns colder. Dance and Gymnastic activities will take place in the hall and be performed in bare feet. For both Games and 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. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school at the beginning of the half term and kept in school for the remainder of that half term.

CYCLING AND SCOOTING TO SCHOOL - If you and your child cycle or scoot to school and you wish to leave your child’s bike at school please inform the office. All children cycling to school must be accompanied by an adult and must wear a helmet.
We are sure that we shall have a happy and successful year; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have by using the Contact Us form HERE.

Yours sincerely,

The Year 4 Teachers
Miss Saunders, Miss Adele and Miss Sweatman