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Year 4: Jasper and Emerald

Year 4


Welcome back! This half term, Year 4’s Power Of Reading book will be ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’. This book is a retelling of Homer’s poem, ‘The Odyssey’. It tells the story of Odysseus’s return home to Ithaca from fighting in the Trojan wars. This book will be used to support learning across the curriculum.


In maths, pupils will focus on solving practical problems that involve measure with increasingly harder numbers. In addition, they will solve challenging problems involving multiplying and adding, including integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems. Pupils will study how to calculate the area and perimeter of different shapes, and answer word problems relating to this skill.


In history, we will go back to Ancient Greece, studying Greek life and their greatest achievements. Pupils will also learn about the influence this ancient civilisation has had on the western world, making contrasts and connections with the world today, for example by comparing the modern Olympics to those in ancient times. Pupils will use a range of historical resources to find evidence of the Ancient Greeks.


In English, pupils will focus on using fronted adverbials. They will understand the different types of fronted adverbials that can be used and the effect of each on their writing. Pupils will use this knowledge to apply to their work across the curriculum, selecting the appropriate fronted adverbial type where necessary. They will then then use their new skills to write their own Greek myth.


In art, we will look at the famous Greek potter, Exekias, taking inspiration from his designs to create our own item of pottery. We will plan the design of the pottery item and revisit the design to make improvements. When creating the pot, pupils will be expected to use specific techniques taught for shaping and designing the clay. Finally, pupils will compare their design to the planned product and consider changes they could make to enhance the design in the future.


We want to thank you for your support over the first half term. Just a reminder that PE will continue to take place on Wednesdays so pupils should come to school wearing the school PE kit on this day. For this first half term, Emerald Class will continue to attend swimming lessons, whilst Jasper Class will have PE lessons in school.