Welcome Back!! and Welcome to Year 4. You are no longer the youngest in the Juniors and are well over half way through your Grove Vale journey. 

 

We have lots of exciting things planned for this year including our 3 wonderful topics which will help us delve depper into our Historical and Geographical understanding whilst we learn about:

- The Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and the Normans

- South America and the Amazon Rainforest

- The ancient African civilisation of Benin.  

 

Autumn Term

The British Isles

We will be travelling back in time this term to learn about how and why Invasions changed Britain. When the Vikings first traveled down in their long boats from Northern Scandinavia to when the French sailed over from Normandy. The desperation for the crown not only resulted in battle and unrest, but it was responsible for changing Britain in many different ways. We will be looking at how these invasions and visitors have shaped Britain over the years.

 

Do you know any fun facts already? Take a look at the link below to find out some interesting information before we start out journey back in time. 

Viking Facts

Anglo-Saxon Facts

Norman Facts

 

This term we will be reading 'Anglo Saxon Boy' by Tony Bradman

Magnus, son of Harold Godwinson, lord of the Southern Saxons, leads us through the events that led to his father’s fateful death at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Magnus’s journey begins in May 1065 when King Edward dies, leaving the ambitious Harold as his successor. This is followed by months of incredible political turmoil as Harold tries to work out whose loyalties lie where. Magnus is chosen over his brothers, Edwin and Morcar, to go on a mission to spy on his Uncle Tostig Godwinson. Tostig is ruthless towards his people, who do not or cannot pay the taxes he demands. Tostig’s own ambition to become king means that Magnus must travel to Normandy, and then to the kingdoms of his father’ enemies, before he can report on the extent of the treachery. Magnus learns to think and fight like a warrior, becoming a leader of men under Hakon’s guidance.  The action is fast-paced and the historic detail accurate. We will be swept along with Magnus as his quest continues. Most know what happened to Harold, but this book explores why. The ending does not disappoint.

                  Anglo-Saxon Boy: Amazon.co.uk: Bradman, Tony, Hart, Sam: 9781406363777:  Books

 

 Our Year 4 Timetable 

The timetable below shows when children will need to bring in specific items during the week. It is childrens' responsibility to ensure that they bring the correct equipment and kit on specific days. If any changes are made, parents will be notified via parent pay or via text message.  

Remember, all reading books, reading records, spelling lists and PE kits should be in school every day. 

DAY THINGS TO REMEMBER
Monday PE (Full kit - black shorts, team coloured top, socks, pumps) hair must be tied up and jewellery removed.
Tuesday   
Wednesday   
Thursday  
Friday

Weekly homework uploaded onto Office 365

Swimming (full kit needed - swimming shorts/costume, towel, swimming hat)

Feel Good Friday (Soft Clothing) 

In June, Year 4 children will be taking part in the National Times Table Test - This is an online test and children are given 6 seconds to answer a range of mixed times table questions, Alongside their weekly homework and reading, we expect year 4 children to practise their times tables (in order, out of order and division facts) on a daily basis up to their 12 times table ready for a weekly test. We will also be checking TTRockstars on a daily basis to monitor progress. 

Keep checking back to find new things on our page!