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Hawkstone class

Class Teacher- Miss Lewis

Teaching Assistants- Mrs Row and Mr Hubbard 

 

     Spring Term 2023

We had a fantastic autumn term learning about 'The Greeks' and all about the ancient olympic games! The children even created their very own podcasts based on what they had learnt.

This term our our history and geography lessons are centred around 'The Romans'. We will specifically learn about the Roman empire and Roman Britain.

Our enquired based learning approach will focus on two questions:

How large did the empire become and why was it so powerful?

How did the Britain's react to the invasion?

 

History and Geography

 

The children will have the opportunity to question and think like true historians and geographers, learning about the Roman empire and Roman Britain to using OS maps, studying chronology through timelines. They will even construct their very own timeline linked to key events during the roman times. They will be immersed into the Roman army focusing on Boudicca and her rebellion. The children will have a secure understanding about why the Roman Empire was so powerful! We may even visit Wroxeter roman city grounds, where children can have the opportunity for a site tour - how amazing will that be!

 

 

English

Our English lessons are always linked to a specific genre. At the start of the block of lessons on that genre, you will complete a ‘have a go write’ so I can find out what you know or have remembered from previous year groups or pervious terms in year 4. You will then learn how to write using that genre at year four level. By the end of that block of learning you will complete a ‘learn as you go’ whereby you put together everything you have learnt into one piece of work. We will then edit it using a success criteria for that genre and finally complete your ‘show me what you know’ piece of writing.

This first part of this term will be focusing on talk for writing where children will learn a story, read as a reader and a writer then innovate their very own version. We will then move onto writing a newspaper article, poetry and a debate/discussion written outcome.

 

Maths

In Maths this term, we will be learning multiplication and division, fractions and decimals. We will be using the white rose planning to inform our learning. Children will explore place value through concrete, pictorial and abstract. Children will have the opportunity to work with physical objects/concrete resources, in order to bring the maths to life and to build understanding of what they are doing. Pictorial Alongside concrete resources, children will work with pictorial representations, making links to the concrete. Visualising a problem in this way can help children to reason and to solve problems. Abstract with the support of both the concrete and pictorial representations, children can develop their understanding of abstract methods.

 

The children will frequently be presented with a challenge or a problem solving activity, linked to the lesson that aims to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. These problems will link to the seven important problem solving skills; trial and improvement, working systematically, pattern spotting, working backwards, reasoning logically, visualising and conjecturing.

 

I know how hard all of you have been working on learning your tables so well done! But we still need another big push with learning your multiplication tables this term! Please use TT Rockstars as often as you can this will really help! Here are some useful websites that can be fun for learning your multiplication tables and practicing your Year 4 times tables test.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/

 

Year 4 Multiplication Check

The Year 4 Times Tables Test is an online test with 25 questions; children must answer each question within a 6 seconds time limit so the whole test will take less than 5 minutes. Up to 12 x 12 by heart. In fact, by the end of Year 4, children will be expected to have mastered all their times tables.

 

Don't forget!

  • Reading book and home link book (every day).
  • Swimming will be starting this term, so please ensure your child comes into school every Monday with their full swimming kit!
  • PE is on Wednesdays - children will need to bring in their full PE kit at the beginning of term. It must then stay in school until the end of term. A full PE kit includes; a white t-shirt, black or blue shorts or trousers and trainers or pumps.

 

 

 

WEBSITES FOR LEARNING:

 

https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary 

 

https://teachcomputing.org/curriculum/key-stage-2

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/parent-resources

 

https://www.ncetm.org.uk/in-the-classroom/teaching-maths-through-the-pandemic/primary-video-lessons/ (note these lessons may not be in line with our planned work but can be used for consolidation of fractions)

 

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-4

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/audio-stories/zh3t2sg

 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/fun-at-home-with-authors-and-illustrators/

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