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The Rissington School
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Hercules Class




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PE is on Mondays and Thursdays.

Spellings and times tables tests are on Fridays

Homework is set on Thursdays and due in on Tuesdays


topic web the romans summer 2024.pdf


The Curriculum

Our main focus this term will be “The Romans” finding out how the Romans changed Britain. The hook to the topic at the start of the term will introduce the children to one of the many significat inventions the Roman’s brought to Britain (aqueduct).

During the Summer term we will spend a large proportion of the term investigating and interpreting the past.  We will be looking at how our lives have changed because of the Romans and how they influenced a large portion of the world and we will use the topic to build an overview of world history and understand chronology of events.

In English we will look closely at Portal tales and Non- Chronological reports and use these to inspire our own writing.  There will be a strong focus on improving accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation and the quality of handwriting.  Reading and understanding the complexities of the different texts will also have a high priority throughout all our English lessons.

In Maths year 3 and 4 will be looking at money and time, having the ability to understand pounds and pence, be able to convert money and find change. The children will be looking at both digital and analogue clocks, being able to tell the time to minutes, hours, weeks, days, months and years. The children will also do some work on their Roman numerals. Year 3 will continue to develop their knowledge of fractions, whilst Year 4 continue to work on decimals.

In Science we are looking at understanding light and seeing, with the children having the ability to recognise they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. The children will take part in lots of investigation and practical sessions during this unit.

In Computing the children will have access to the new school laptops. The focus will be on navigating a laptop, such as how to turn it on, how to use the keypad and the different buttons required to use a laptop successfully.

In DT the children will be looking at STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics), explaining how key events and individuals have helped shape the work. The children to have a go at using circuits with the end project to make a battery- operated light.

In History and Geography, the children we be learning about The Romans. The children will be looking at questions like; When did the roman empire begin?; What modern countries were part of the Roman Empire?; How did the physical geography of Italy affect the defence and growth of The Roman Empire? And much more!

In PSHE the children will be learning about growing up and relationships education. For year 3 this will involve the types of love, personal hygiene and a standalone lesson regarded the main organs of the body. Including the scientific name for reproductive organs. Year 4 will be following a similar curriculum to do with growing up and relationships; covering the human life cycle, changes in responsibilities as we grow older, personal hygiene and antibiotics, and stereotypes. The Year 4 girls will be having a talk about understanding menstruation and the menstruation cycle. More information about the standalone lessons will come out nearer to the time, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your class teacher.


Summer term sees us in summer uniform, which should comprise of a school blue polo-t-shirt, grey shorts, trousers, summer dresses in blue check; black/dark coloured school shoes.

As usual in the second half of the summer term, we start to think about moving on to our new classes and we will be doing lots of activities to prepare us for this.   

This term the Year 4’s will have their residential, participating in a range of challenging outdoor activities at South Cerney Water Park. In their PE sessions the children will be learning and playing golf and rounders.


READ: for at least half an hour each evening and make an entry in their reading journal.  Parents are encouraged to continue reading with their children as well, even as they join Key Stage 2, sharing time reading for pleasure.  The reading journal will then be collected and monitored during their guided reading session each week. 

Spelling lists will be sent home at the start of each term detailing each week’s spelling pattern – children should then learn their spellings for that week, ready for a spelling test each Friday. In addition, a copy of the Year 3/4 national curriculum expectation for spellings has been sent home already – further copies can be found on the class DB Primary page should you need them.

Times Tables:  each week your child will be set times tables to learn for their times tables test each Friday.

In addition to the above, your child may be issued subject specific homework by the class teacher.  This will usually be given on a Thursday, and brought back into school/completed online by the following Tuesday

Additional Information

We will also keep our DB primary class page up to date.  Children have their own logins for this page and the easiest way to access our page is by clicking on the link at the bottom of the school website home page.  DB Primary also has an email feature, which is the easiest way to get in touch with your class teacher outside of the start and end of the school day.

End of Year Reports will be sent out at the end of the Summer Term.  However, if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s education or have any concerns at any time throughout the term, please do not hesitate to make an appointment.

Multiplication Tables Check (Year 4)

In June our Year 4 children will be taking part in their multiplication check - further information for parents on this can be found here: