Spring Term 2
Welcome back Year 4! I hope all of you had a lovely half term break and you had lots of rest. Our topic this half term will be ‘Ancient Romans’ and we will have a lot of time to discover all sorts of interesting facts about the Romans. I am looking forward to getting started!
Collective worship is a special time for us in Year 4. We all gather together and listen to readings from the Bible. We listen and respond to God’s word and consider how this relates to our lives. We reflect on how we can learn from the Bible and what choices we should make going forth. Together we like to pray, listen to songs and sit quietly to remember how lucky we are to be part of God’s beautiful creation!
In RE the children will learn more about how Jesus is truly human and truly God. They will learn about the importance of Holy Week and what it means for us. We will also discuss how we can show our love for Jesus. As we are reflecting on Bible Scriptures throughout our learning, we will explore how they link to our own life experiences.
Our English learning will focus on Roman myths this half term. We will be exploring the myth of Romulus and Remus in detail as we read ‘The Orchard Book of Roman Myths’ by Geraldine McCaughrean and Emma Chichester Clark. We will look at the exciting vocabulary used in different myths and work out the meaning of words and phrases from the context. The children will be acting out and retelling parts of the myths. We will be spending time developing our story writing skills.
At the start of this half term, we will focus on core skills, knowledge and understanding on place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. Later on, children will develop their understanding of fractions. We will work with unit and non-unit fractions and we will build a thorough understanding of tenths and equivalent fractions, so we can confidently move on to adding and subtracting fractions. We will be using practical equipment and pictorial representations to work with fractions before moving on to looking at numerical relationships in a more abstract way.
This half term we will be learning about sound. We will carry out a sound survey and identify what sounds we can hear and what causes them. We will investigate how the vibrations need to travel through a medium to get to our ears. Creating our own pan pipes and string telephones will help us investigate pitch and how sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. We will learn about soundproofing rooms and what instruments the Romans used for entertainment.
Art and DT
In Art and DT, we will be looking at ancient Roman mosaics. Children will plan the colours and patterns for their mosaics using a mosaic maker software. They will be arranging mosaic tiles for striking effect, making sure their work is precise.
This half term, we will be making a noise! We will be coding with Scratch, creating and editing music. The children will choose their instruments, animate and control them by coding and debugging their algorithms. We will test how to control the duration and rest of sounds, the volume and sequences of chords. We will also explore the ways to make rhythm, play a melody and record our own sounds to accompany the projects.
In Geography, we will be learning about Italy and Rome. We will be locating Italy among other European countries on a map and comparing Italy to Britain. We will also explore what Rome would be like as a holiday destination.
Our topic is linked to History this half term. We will explore the myth of Romulus and Remus and how daily life was like in Rome. We will learn about the everyday lives of Ancient Romans and how the Roman Empire expanded and impacted life in Britain. We will learn about invasions and British resistance and how the Romans changed Britain.
This half term, as part of our French learning, we will express our opinions about leisure activities. We will also be practising our counting as we explore funfairs and theme parks. We will be asking questions and acting out conversations together.
At the start of the half term, we will use descriptive vocabulary to evaluate a musical piece composed by the Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi. We will also work on recognising the symbols for minim, crotchet and semibreve and say how many beats they represent. The children will be given the opportunity to use digital technology to compose music and develop their understanding of using musical language, composing and performing.
In PE, the children will be participating in team games and improving their throwing, catching and running techniques. They will work on adjusting their positions to benefit their team and using fakes and disguises as they try to outwit their opponents.
In PSHE we will be making smart choices. We will explore the topic of drugs, alcohol and tobacco use and why these substances pose risks. We will talk about the different patterns of behaviour that are related to using these substances and we will explain what a habit and addiction is. We will also discuss that medicines can be used to manage and treat medical conditions and that it is important to follow instructions for their use.