Our teacher is Miss McBride and our teaching assistant is Mrs Usher.
To start our second term, we are going to be doing some poetry work. Linked to our Science Week work, we will read a selection of space poems and identify a range of poetry specific features. We will work on our alliteration and simile writing skills before writing our own ‘space journey’ poem.
Our second unit will be based around Roman myths. We will read Shot in the Dark, Romulus & Remus and City of Dreams. We will produce a range of written outcomes for this unit including a school report, a free-form poem, an opening to the myth of ‘The Birth of Venus’, a note to a friend in role and a diary entry.
In Amazon, we have been exploring formal methods of multiplication and division with a specific focus on 6, 7, 8, 9 times tables. We have also been working on our multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 skills. We will apply this to the context of measures for our next unit.
Our second topic is called Riotous Royals.
We will start with the Norman invasion led by William the Conqueror. How did the Normans establish and maintain their rule? We will then discover why King John created the Magna Carta. Skipping ahead a few monarchs, we will look at Henry VIIIs quest to ensure that his family continue to rule the nation. Our history topic will end by exploring how first Queen Anne and then Queen Victoria impacted the nation during their time as monarch.
Here are some of the Riotous Royals in Amazon class:
In Art, we will explore textiles and look closely at the Bayeux Tapestry.
In Music, we will explore Pop music this half term. We will investigate how this genre of music has changed over the decades. We will write our own pop song in role as Henry VIII – an ode to his love life.
Understanding Science and Technology
In science, we will be investigating Sound. We will investigate how the different parts of the work, how sound travels and how we can prevent sound from causing a disturbance.
In DT, we will be exploring our inner fashion designers. We will talk about the purpose of clothing and design an outfit suitable for a very royal (historic) customer.
In Computing, we will be starting our micro:bit project with our unplugged circuit making lessons.
Keep an eye out for our spectacular Science and Technology work…
Last term in DT, we explored healthy eating and seasonal produce. We make a selection of savoury dishes.
Understanding the World
In RE, we will be exploring a selection of creation stories and looking at how different religions explain how the Earth came to be.
In Spanish, we will be learning how to talk about different types of houses.
Understanding our Health and Well-Being
In PE, we will be starting our swimming lessons this term. Before our first lesson, we will reflect upon our current skills so we can compare them with how confident we feel at the end.
In PSHCE, we will be learning about ‘Dreams and Goals’. We will explore how to stay motivated and the importance of a positive attitude.
In line with the rest of the school, we encourage your child to spend time reading at home each evening. This can be recorded in their Reading Record by an adult or by the child.
As the Multiplication Test occurs at the end of Year 4, we encourage your child to spend 10 minutes each evening practising their skills by playing TTRockstars.
Each Friday, we set homework on Google Classroom. We post a selection of activities and ask that your child has a go at completing three different activities. They should spend no more than 20 minutes on each activity.
We ask that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day. These are kept by our sink so that your child has free access to them throughout the day. Your child can refill their bottle at one of the water fountains when they need to.
We ask that your child has their PE kit in school each day of the week as our timetable is subject to change due to the weather and the availability of space. In line with our school uniform policy, they require a pair of plain blue jogging bottoms and a pair of socks for the winter months as we may have our lesson outside.