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Year 4

Welcome to Year Four


Teachers: Miss Allen & Mr Fraser

Teaching Assistant: Miss Burns

 I hope you are ready for a jam-packed spring term!


When Earth Roars!


In term three, Year four will be introduced to our planet's structure and its dynamic system of natural forces through an examination of the natural hazards of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as volcanoes,


They see how these natural events become disasters when they impact people, and how engineers help to make people safe from them.


We will begin by learning about the structure of the Earth; then create clay models showing the Earth's layers, see a continental drift demonstration, and make fault models.


Following on from this we will learn how earthquakes happen; we will investigate the integrity of structural designs using model seismographs. (Using toothpicks and mini-marshmallows, the class will create and test structures in a simulated earthquake on a tray of jelly).


We will then move onto learn about tsunamis, discovering what causes them and makes them so dangerous. Using a table-top-sized tsunami generator, we will test how model structures of different material types fare in devastating waves. As we don’t often have Tsunamis in Stockbridge Village we will link this to look at flooding and learn about the causes of floods, the benefits of these and potential for disaster.


Next up is tropical storms and tornados we will cover there

basic characteristics, damage and occurrence of storms and tornadoes, examining them closely by creating water vortices in a bottle


Finally this term, we will learn about the causes, composition and types of volcanoes going on to create and watch a volcanic eruption, observing the phases that change a mountain's shape and the effect these have long term.


In term four, we will move onto Vesuvius and into Pompeii, which will start our journey of discovery about the Romans.


We will look at Pompeii in detail and why the Romans settled here and the link between Chester being developed as a Roman fort and the eruption of Vesuvius.


Then we will look more widely at the rise of the Roman Empire looking at two contrasting stories of how legends and historical fact vary. Using a timeline, we will place the Romans in the wider context of History.


We will study why the Romans wanted to invade Britain and the many attempts that they made. Including those who stood in their way especially Boudicca.


Finally we will use Chester as a case study to look at the long lasting legacy the Romans have left in modern day Britain. Before, ending with the fall of the great Empire.


I am sure you will agree that this is a fun packed spring term. Keep an eye on Seesaw and Twitter to see the amazing learning and work the children will produce.


Class Readers


We will be reading a number of texts over the next 12 weeks including

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Marvellous Maths

This term, we will mainly be focusing on multiplication and division.


  • Multiply by 10
  • Multiply by 100
  • Divide by 10
  • Divide by 100
  • Multiply by 1 and 0
  • Divide by 1
  • Multiply and divide by 6
  • 6 times table and facts
  • Multiply and divide by 9
  • 9 times tables and division facts
  • Multiply and divide 7
  • 7 times table and division facts
  • 11 and 12 times-table
  • Multiply 3 numbers
  • Factor pairs
  • Efficient multiplication
  • Written methods
  • Multiply 2-digits by 1-digit
  • Multiply 3-digits by 1-digit
  • Divide 2-digits by 1-digit
  • Correspondence problems

Supporting your child at home


To support your children with maths at home please help them learn their times tables facts. The secret to success is practising little and often. Can you practise your times table facts while walking to school or during a car journey? You don’t need to practise them all at once: perhaps you could have a fact of the day.


We love finding maths all around us so please look for maths links in everyday tasks such as cooking times when using the oven, temperature, prices at the supermarket, bus and cinema times, dividing up sweets (our favourite!) and many more.



Useful maths websites for children

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Super Science


Our science topic for the Spring term is 'States of Matter' and ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. The children will be researching information and carrying out a range of investigations, so keep an eye on Twitter and Seesaw to see your scientists at work!



Powerful PE


The children will be taking part in gymnastics and dance every Thursday afternoon as well as exploring basketball and football on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school every day as other sporting activities occur across our fantastic curriculum.


Magnificent Music


As part of our school music provision Year 4 will be learning to play Keyboard this year. Watch Twitter and SeeSaw for more information!



R.E. and P.H.S.E


In this half term the children will be learning about Buddhism.


In PSHE we will be exploring how to develop as learners. Looking at how friendship and love can impact upon us. In addition to this we will be discussing how people respond to natural disasters, the relief efforts given after disasters and the difference we can make on our ever-changing planet.


Supporting your child at home

Children have chosen books from our class library to take home. Please encourage your child to read by reading with them as much as possible. Children have been encouraged to choose books which they enjoy as we are keen to foster a love for reading for pleasure.


Reading Journals need to be brought to school every day as we will take every opportunity to listen to your child read and look at any comments you have written. Our new journals have different activities in them, so please take time to have a look and support their use.

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Some other important points:


· Homework out on a Friday and returned the following the Wednesday. Homework will be spellings, timetable or division work and to learn the facts from our knowledge organiser, as well as reading daily(reading records are collected in on a Thursday).



· Spelling tests are on a Tuesday and times table tests are on a Friday.


· Make sure reading records and books are in every day.


· Ensure that your child has a water bottle in school.


· Ensure that all items are clearly labeled.


If you have any further questions, please write any comments in your child's reading journal or make an appointment at the school office to meet with one of us.


Warmest Wishes


Miss Allen, Mr Fraser and Miss Burns

Natural Disasters Knowledge Organiser

Roman Knowledge Organiser Term 4

Maths Overview