Year 4

History, Geography and Art topic - Ancient Rome and Roman Britain
The history of Gloucester is inextricably linked with that of Rome and we will be looking in detail at the impact of the Roman invasion on our country and our city. We will also learn about the founding of Rome and how its Empire became so successful. This will mean looking at the history and geography of the Empire. We will study the Roman gods and goddesses and draw comparisons with the Ancient Greek Empire we studied in the Autumn.
In art we will look at the wonderful mosaics created in Rome and try to recreate some of our own. The children will also design and make Roman centurion shields.
Click on the picture of the centurion to learn some interesting facts about Rome.
Fifty days after Easter Day, Christians celebrate Pentecost - the receiving of the Holy Spirit - and that is the focus of our RE unit of study this term. We will consider the impact of Pentecost and the lives of the disciples after Jesus' ascension into Heaven.
For our final two terms we will be looking at a variety of 'Living Things'. This will include the children learning to use classification keys to group, identify and name living things. They will also begin to understand how changes to an environment could endanger living things.
During Guided Reading 4Wr will study "When Mountains Roared" whilst 4Wa will read "Wolf Brother". We will swap texts after the half term break. Both classes will use another great book by Michael Morpurgo - "The Butterfly Lion" as a focus and model for their writing. This will include listening to the author reading his own work.
It is SO important that the children continue to read as much as they possibly can. The Reading Challenge continues and each class will nominate their Reader of the Week for a certificate: enthusiasm and "having a go" are what is required.
In MATHS we will be studying decimals and fractions. However, the time of the statutory Times Tables Challenge is drawing near! The tests will be administered during the first two weeks of Summer 2 an the children will be doing LOTS of practice. A reminder that Times Table Rock Stars is still available. Also useful are the URBrainy site
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need any further support.
It is amazing to think that, in only a few short weeks, our time with the children - and their time in Year 4 - will be over. It has been a busy year so far and we look forward very much to enjoying some good weather and continuing to see the children thrive and progress.
This term,our PE day will be WEDNESDAY and the children should please come into school wearing their PE kit, as they have done during recent months. Our PE sessions will focus on tennis and we hope the weather will continue to be kind.  Our PPA time this term is on Monday afternoon, when the classes will be taught and looked after by Mrs Hill and Mrs Ferris.
As you know, our school trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park will take place on Friday 10th June: we can't wait! In the meantime, please  look at the rest of our page to see details of some of the exciting subjects the children will be learning about during the next two terms.
Best wishes,
Mrs Walpole &  Miss Wright