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Curwen Primary School


Autumn 1

This term in literacy, we have been researching our local area to write a non-chronological report all about Newham. We learnt about the different features of non-choronological reports and then started to plan our own report. We applied our knowledge about reports into our writing and then edited and improved our writing to create a final draft. We have also begun reading our first whole class text (Adolphus Tips – Michael Morpurgo, Cyborg Cat: Rise of the Parsons Road Gang- Ade Adepitan, The Sleeping Sword- Michael Morpurgo, Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson). We have been learning to read with fluency and expression, as well as practising our prediction skills.

In maths, we have been learning all about place value. This has included how to round a number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000. We have also learnt how to multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000, using a place value chart to support our learning. You count the number of 0’s in a number and move it that many spaces to the left or to the right, it depends on if your number is getting bigger or smaller, and make sure you don’t forget about your placeholders or the decimal point!




During topic, year 4 have been studying Roman history. We have explored the three phases of the Roman civilisation (Kingdom, Republic, Empire), the origin stories of Rome (legend compared to historical accounts) and the Roman invasion of Britain. Throughout this topic we have compared Roman democracy to our own modern equivalent and questioned why historical learning is important to understand our own society and culture today. This learning has been linked throughout our curriculum, specifically to computing (working collaboratively to create presentations through online shared files) and will inform a piece of extended writing during literacy. One of our highlights so far has been retelling the legend of Romulus and Remus, with great dramatic effect!