Year 4 – 2016-17

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Autumn 2 Newsletter



This half term Year four will be reading Beowulf: Monster Slayer. We will be looking at different versions including Michael Morpurgo, a retell by Rob Lloyd Jones and a comic book style version by Paul D Storrie and Ron Randall. We will be looking at the British legend story dating back to Anglo Saxon times during our literacy lessons focusing on retelling our own fiction story. Year four will also be creating their own choral readings of Beowulf and creating drama performances of the epic tale.



In numeracy we will be focusing on multiplication and division both mental and written methods. We will continue to focus on times tables and it’s really important that all pupils are practising as much as they can at home to help them make progress within the classroom. We will also be looking at measuring length and perimeter, estimating and converting between different units.

During year 4 children will be learning all of the timetables up to 12 x 12! We will recap the 3, 4, and 8 times tables to start!



Our topic this half term is ‘Who invaded after the Romans?’ Children will be learning all about the Anglo Saxons; who they were and what it was like to live during those times. Children will also be discovering who the Vikings were and the rivalry between them and the Anglo Saxons. We will be looking at the Lindisfarne Gospels and using the works to create illuminated art letters for our names. 



This term Year 4 will continue with their swimming lessons which take place on a Thursday afternoon. They will also have a P.E lesson on a Tuesday afternoon. Please make sure your child has got a full P.E kit in school to take part and a labelled swimming kit and towel. 



This term we will be looking at friendships, what it means to be a good friend and how we should treat others how we want to be treated ourselves. We will be looking at the Bible stories of Jonathan and David and Ruth and Naomi.




Our theme this term is ‘new beginnings’. We will be looking towards our new year at school and creating our own class rules. The children will begin to recognise the things that make themselves and their class mates special and begin to understand feelings.



Can you please encourage your children to be reading at home at least 4 times a week; this can be for as little as 5-10 minutes and can be a school reading book, comic, newspaper or anything at all of interest to your child. It would be great if you could also take photos of your children reading for our display! Children will be expected to complete one reading challenge per week and be practising their times tables to become an expert and receive rewards!


If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to speak to us regarding your child or any other issue, the best time to reach us is at the end of the day!


Miss Tattersall and Miss Harrigan



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