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Class 4- Miss Cook

Welcome to Class 4!

The adults working in Class 4 are Miss Cook, Mrs Rich and Mrs Pratt (on a Wednesday morning). Miss Appleyard (teacher trainee) will also be teaching in Class 4 after Christmas. Please come and see us if you have any issues or questions.


Autumn Term Topic: 'The Romans'


Whole Class Guided Reading:

To learn about the founding of Rome, through studying the story of 'Romulus and Remus'.

Romulus and Remus History for Kids: https://www.historyforkids.net/romulus-and-remus.html


History / Geography: The Romans / Rome

- To develop an awareness of the three ruling systems that were used during Roman times: Kings, Republic and  Empire.

- To discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each ruling system.  

- To locate Rome on a map and investigate the expansion of the Roman Empire.

The expansion of the Roman Empire: http://www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/ca/books/bkf3/imaps/AC_13_427_romheight/AC_13_427_romheight.html

- To study what life in Britain was like at this time (Iron Age) and study the Celts, including

  Celtic roundhouses, Celtic settlements and jobs that people had within a Celtic settlement.

Building a Celtic Roundhouse: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/building-a-celtic-house/5265.html

Celts: http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/celts.htm

Life in Celtic Britain: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zcfygk7

The Celts through the eyes of Greek writers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zgxtsbk


Art: Roman Mosaics

- To investigate, design, research and produce a Roman mosaic.

Design your own Roman mosaic: http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/mosaic/mkmosaic.htm

- To study the photographer, Levon Biss (linked to Science).

Levon Biss: http://microsculpture.net/levon_biss.html


R.E: Belonging

- To understand what a 'Rite of Passage' is and name some religious (baptism, marriage, death) and non-religious (graduation, learning to walk, becoming an adult) rites of passage.

- To study Christian Baptism and learn the 5 objects used in a Baptism Ceremony and what they symbolise  (church, holy water, candle, chrism oil, white clothes).

- To compare Christian Baptism to another religion's ceremony of belonging; Sikh Amrit Ceremony and Sikh Naam Karan Ceremony.

Christian Baptism (part 1/2): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zm87tfr

Christian Baptism (part 2/2): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zr34wmn

A Christian Baptism Story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zhq6sbk


Computing: Online communication and eSafety

- To investigate how word order affects search results and begin to understand how a search engine works.

- To discuss how we communicate online and carry out an investigation to show what methods of online communication are used by Class 4.

- To learn the SMART Rules for keeping safe online.

Being SMART Rules: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/beingsmart/


- To be introduced to what a digital footprint is and discuss how we can be responsible when online.


Science: Living Things

- To learn the seven life processes, using the acronym 'MRS NERG' (movement, reproduction, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, respiration, growth)

- To investigate local habitats and the living things that can be found there.

Leaf identification sheet: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/activities/2015/09/leaf-id/

Nature detective spotter sheet: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/schools-and-groups/

Minibeast identification: http://www.science-resources.co.uk/KS2/Habitats/Minibeast_identification.html

- To learn about 'classification', what it means and how we can classify living things, using Venn diagrams, Carrol diagrams and Branching Keys.

Animal Classes Information: http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/animal_classes.htm

Classification: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zpqcfrd

- To know the terms 'vertebrate' (has a spine) and 'invertebrate' (does not have a spine).

- To understand the importance of observing closely when classifying and study the photographer 'Levon Biss'.


PSHCE: Getting on and Falling out

- To understand that our brain controls different things and that we use two parts of our brain for thinking.

- To learn some strategies for managing our behaviour and taking self-control (smiling, saying sorry, asking for help, talking about our feelings, being helpful).


French: Vowel sounds

- To learn French pronunciation of vowel sounds.

- To learn greetings (bonjour, au revoir, salut).

- To introduce myself (je m'appelle...).

- To ask someone how they are and reply.



Our P.E. days are Tuesday (inside) and Thursday (outside). Please bring both indoor (white t-shirt and black shorts) and outdoor kits (jogging bottoms and a warm top). No earrings please and long hair must be tied back.


Autumn 1

Tuesday: Health-related exercise in the form of circuit training, focusing on improving our performance in 4 areas: speed, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, co-ordination.

Thursday: Multi-skills (throwing, catching, running, jumping, hopping).


We also have some exciting trips and visits planned for this term!

* We shall be going out into the local environment and investigating what living things we can find.

* We will be visiting the Light Box Library in town.

* We have South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue coming in to school to talk to all the Y3 children about fire safety on Wednesday 6th November 2019.

* We will be going to the Cenotaph for the Remembrance service on Monday 11th November 2019.



Homework will be handed out on Fridays to all pupils. This will consist of one piece of comprehension work and one piece of Maths work. Please encourage your child to complete the work to the best of their ability and to hand it in by the following Wednesday.


There will be ongoing spellings to learn throughout the year. These will be given to children on Wednesday by Mrs Pratt and she will test them the following Wednesday. 


Please encourage children to practise their spellings as learning them will mean they get dojos for their achievement!

10/10 = 3 dojos!

9/10 = 2 dojos!

8/10 = 1 dojo!



Reading is the key!

Please bring your book bag to school every day as we will listen to children read whenever possible. Read at home as often as you can with your child and record this in their reading diaries. Please encourage your child to change their books when needed.


Reading Competition!

In Class: 

Every time your child reads at home, please note this in their reading journal with a signature and a comment if you wish. Children who read 3 times per week, will choose a book from book club to keep!