Class Information Booklet
Welcome to Year 4
Autumn 1 2018
This half term we have learnt about WW2. We thought about all the questions we wanted to know the answers to and have worked hard to research the answers using primary and secondary sources. Alongside this, we have been reading the book ‘Time train to the blitz’ this has been a brilliant book as it has given us an insight into what life was like as a child during the war.
We have found WW2 very interesting. Here are some of our favourite interesting facts:
World War II began when German troops invaded Poland on 1 September 1939.
- The UK declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939. It was announced by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
- Countries in the war took sides either with the Allies, or the Axis..
- Prime Ministers during World War II were Neville Chamberlain until 1940, then Winston Churchill.
- The Battle of Britain, between the German Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force, was the first ever battle to be fought only in the air. It was made up of lots of air battles that lasted from 10 July-31 October 1940.
- World War II ended in Europe on 8 May 1945 – this is also known as VE Day.
‘I have really enjoyed learning about the war using our class book’
‘Everyday when finish reading we all carry on because it always finishes on a hook’
‘My favourite part of Year 4 so far was definitely our class assembly’
In Year 4 we have been focusing on Persuasive writing. We have spent a lot of time analysing persuasive letters and writing our own letter to Mr McGoldrick to ask him to abolish school uniform.
In Maths we have been focusing on fractions. We have been looking at recognising equivalent fractions, finding a fraction of a number and adding fractions with the same denominator. We have also spent a lot of time developing our times tables. We have introduced lots of different times table games and enjoy our times table challenges!
Our topic this term is the Romans. We have focused on Roman armour and entertainment. As a result, we have made our own Roman chariots and are currently designing and painting our own Roman shields.
Since coming back after the Christmas holidays we have been looking at writing and performing our own play scripts. We started looking at familiar stories and working on them scene by scene. We even had the opportunity to act these out using a range of different stage directions!
In Maths we have been looking at properties of 2D shapes. Alongside this, we have been learning about 12 and 24 hour time.
In Topic the children have enjoyed learning about the Roman invasion and the different battle formations used. We have spent a lot of time looking at primary and secondary sources to research the given period. The children have written their own Newspaper reports and instructions for how to create a Roman remedy.
In Year 4 we have been focusing on Traditional tales and poetry. We have spent a lot of time analysing different poems, writing our own and even performing them to the rest of the class. Alongside of this, we have linked our Topic of the Romans to our writing. We have written our own Newspaper reports about the kidnapping of a Roman soldier.
In Maths we have been focusing on halving and doubling 2 digit numbers, recognising equivalent fractions and starting to find a fraction of a number.
Our topic for this half term is the Romans. We started our topic by learning about the invasion and the different countries involved. We have followed the story 'The Roman Invasion' learning all about a soldier called Bran who was kidnapped by the Carvetti tribe.
In English we have been looking at writing non-chronological reports. We have identified the features of the text type, learnt technical vocabulary and applied it to writing our own non-chronological reports about sharks.
In Maths we have been working on our different methods of calculation. We started by looking at expanded methods for both addition and subtraction and then moved on to column methods.
Our Topic this half term is WW2. The children have learnt about the different countries involved in the war, the different types of bomb shelters, rations and the life of an evacuee. They then wrote their own letter as if they themselves were an evacuee being sent to safety.