Class 4 – Bourgogne
Welcome back! I hope you’ve all had a relaxing and enjoyable break and are ready for the Christmas term!
Below is an overview of our Term 2 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or if you any questions then please feel free to speak to me.
 
English
In Class 4 we will start by studying diary entries. We will be linking this to our theme work on Roman Britain and we will be writing our own diary entry from the point of view of a Roman soldier after the invasion on Britain.
Later in the term, we will be writing an explanation text about the water cycle. This piece of text will link to our science topic this term.
Finally, we will finish the term by writing a narrative piece based around our class novel- “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes.
Alongside this, we will be improving our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, punctuation and grammar.
 
Mathematics
This term we will be learning about multiplication and division. We will start by learning how to multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100. We will then move on to exploring written methods for multiplication and division. We will also continue learning and developing rapid recall of the multiplication tables up to 12x12.
 
Science
The focus for this term is ‘States of matter’. The children will be exploring different materials, sorting them and developing descriptions of the states of matter; solid, liquid or gas. They will observe that some materials change state when heated or cooled and apply this to their research on the water cycle where water exists in all three states.
 
Theme
Our theme this term is ‘Roman Britain’. We will be investigating events from the past and using our mathematical knowledge to work out how long ago these events happened, we will then use this knowledge to place the events and time periods on a timeline. We will be learning about what the Romans did for us and how it still influences our lives today. We will be designing and making our own Roman shields and exploring how Roman soldiers used these to protect themselves. We will also have visitors in to school and will have the chance to dress up and engage in role play and drama.
 
RE
This term the children will be learning about Christianity. We will be looking at the key messages in the Bible and what this teaches Christians.
 
PE
PE, this term will be games, with a focus on Netball and Basketball. PE will take place on a Monday afternoon. Occasionally, PE may have to be on a different day, so I should therefore be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. 
 
Every Monday we will be going down to our woodland area. Please can children bring in some wellies or old shoes (that it doesn’t matter if they get muddy) and a water proof coat. If they have water proof trousers they can bring those in as well.
 
Homework
Homework will be set every Friday and I would appreciate it if the homework could be completed and returned to school on Monday. It will consist of Mathematics and English. The Mathematics and English will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to practice what they have learnt in class or introducing them to a forthcoming topic.
Children are also to practice their times tables as much as possible in preparation for the multiplication check at the end of the year.