Dear Year 4 Parents/Carers,

Parent meeting – Tuesday 17th September 2019

Welcome back and welcome to year 4! I hope you had a lovely, restful summer. I am thrilled to be getting to know the children this year and both myself and the children are all looking forward to an exciting and hardworking year.

Our topic for this term is, ‘Ancient Greece’. Whenever possible, this topic will be covered through cross curricular teaching and learning – linking subjects together to ensure a wholesome experience for the children.  

In English we will be reading Greek myths and working on our skills by imitating, innovating and inventing our own myths, writing letters, writing and performing play scripts and writing poetry. We will be specifically focusing on the Greek myths Pandora’s Box, King Midas and Theseus and the Minotaur. We will also be working on improving our grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling.

In Maths we will be working on our understanding of place value of four-digit numbers, calculating addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, shape and symmetry. We will also be improving our problem solving skills by completing investigations and challenges.

In Science, we will be learning about sound, linking this with work on Ancient Greek theatre. We will also be learning about how Aristotle grouped living things and grouping and classifying living things in other ways. We will work on our scientific skills by completing different types of investigations.

In Geography we will learn about human and physical geographical features of Greece and compare these to the U.K. We will use maps, atlases and globes to locate Greece and its many islands and compare a region in Greece to our region.

History is our main focus this term and we will be studying Ancient Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world. We will look at Greek culture such as architecture, art and literature and the legacy of it on later periods in British history.
Art and D.T. will involve learning about how Greek myths have inspired different artists and be inspired by Greek myths for our own art. We will design and make Greek pottery and theatre masks using various media and complete observational drawings of symmetrical buildings and designs.

In Computing, we will be using laptops and IPads to help us research our topic and using Scratch at the CLC to create our own game.

In R.E. we will be learning about the Greek orthodox religion and compare this to the religion of the Ancient Greeks.

In P.S.H.E. we will be thinking about healthy eating, online safety and learning about drugs.

Year 4 will have P.E. sessions on Wednesday mornings with me and Tuesday afternoons with Coach Charlie. It is vital that your child has the appropriate clothing and footwear in school for these lessons, wearing no jewellery and long hair must be tied back.

Year 4 will have French lessons with me on Monday afternoons and they will have Music with our KS2 music teacher, Simon, on Tuesday afternoons.

Home Learning

Every Friday your child will be given homework. This allows your child to share with you some of his/her school learning. Please participate in their homework but allow the child to take the lead, assisting only if they are unsure or need something reading or explaining. Please also ensure that your child tries their best to ensure that their homework is of a good standard. Homework is due back on the following Thursday.

Year 4 children are expected to know all of the multiplication facts for all of the times tables up to twelve. We will be working on this in class, but please practise these with your child at home as often as possible.

Guided Reading

Your child will have guided reading every day during the week in which they will read with myself once a week and complete reading tasks focussing on comprehension and inference skills. Your child will have the opportunity to borrow a book of their choice, from school, to read at home. Reading is extremely important so please ensure your child is reading this book and reading to an adult at least three of four times a week. When reading with your child please ask questions about the text to develop comprehension skills and please encourage your children to fill in their pink reading records every time they read. Children will need to have their pink reading record and the book they have chosen in school to read every day.  

Please remember that children should be in the classroom at 9.05 am each morning. If they are not in the room by this time they will be recorded as late.

Visits and workshops this term:
Greek orthodox church visit         Date to be confirmed  

The Wallace Collection – Classical myths session               Thursday 10th October

British Museum                                                                        Monday 11th November  

City Learning Centre                                                                Date to be confirmed

Yours sincerely,

Laura Ryan