We encourage you to read at home with your child whenever you can. The children will take home a Reading Record book where you can log how well your child is doing with their reading at home. In Year 4, the children will be taught reading skills through Guided Reading sessions. A Guided Reading session lasts for 30 minutes. During Guided Reading, each Reading group in the class will have a focused session with the class teacher once a week. While the class teacher is working with a focused group, the other children will work on a variety of reading activities based on their reading book, or a comprehension activity which will help them develop their understanding of the text focus for that week.
On Friday, the children have 20 minutes of DEAR time 'Drop everything and read' – where the children can read any book they like for their own enjoyment. During DEAR time a ‘Royal Reader’ will be chosen who has done lots of reading at home. They will get the opportunity to wear and a crown and a cloak, and sit on a comfy throne!
The children in Year 4 have been given their Mathletics log in so they are able to complete Maths activities and improve their mental maths skills on Live Mathletics at home as well as in school! The children in Year 4 have also been given their times tables rockstar passwords so they are able to practise their times tables at home and at school. The children are invited to come to Maths club after school on Monday from 3.15-4.15.
Autumn - Throughout Autumn, Year 4 will read A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The children will complete many different writing tasks all based around this book. The children will focus on 'Issues and Dilemmas' in the Series of Unfortunate Events book and build up to writing their own story with issues and dilemmas. The children will also work on writing Newspaper Reports and Poetry.
Spring - During the Spring term, the children will listen to 'When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit'. The children will complete many different writing tasks all based around this book.
Summer - During the Summer term, the children will listen to 'Running Wild' by Michael Morpurgo. The children will complete many different writing tasks all based around this book, including; persuasive writing and advertisements. The children will focus on writing stories with imaginary settings, before looking at play-scripts and magazine articles.
As the new curriculum focuses heavily on spelling, we are encouraging the children to practise their spelling rules at every opportunity. The pupils are actively encouraged to read whenever possible, to expose themselves to new and more adventurous examples of vocabulary that they will be able to use in their own writing. Every child in Year 4 has access to IDL Cloud, an excellent programme that enables them to practise spelling a range of different ways. The children will take home spellings each week. Any opportunity to practise spellings at home with your child would be extremely beneficial to their progress. Year 4 will also work on spellings from the statutory spelling list for Year 3 and 4.
Autumn 1 - History - The Romans
Autumn 2 – Geography - North America
Spring 1 - History - The Tudors
Spring 2 - Geography - Liverpool
Summer 1 - History - The Titanic
Summer 2 - Geography - Rivers
Year 4 will cover a range of different topics in RE this year from the Come and See programme, including; People, Called, Gift, Community, Giving & receiving, Self discipline, New life, Building bridges and God's People. The children will also learn about different faiths and the importance of respecting other faiths too.
In Science this year, Year 4 will be covering a range of different topics, including; Sound, States of matter, Electricity, Animals including humans and All living things.
ICT and Computing
Year 4 will use Purple Mash to learn how to code and create some wonderful animations! We will also learn about hardware and also design logos! Mr Mills will support the children during our coding sessions. During our Computing sessions, Year 4 will also focus on E-safety. Just as we want to keep our children safe in the real world, we will want to do the same in the virtual world. It is important that parents and teachers understand enough about the internet to keep our children safe from harm but is equally important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe, so that they can experience the internet positively and responsibly.
British Values - Throughout the school year the children will be taught about 'British Values', which they will practise this in all subjects across the curriculum. It is an important aspect of their learning, and will include focus on; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Throughout the school year, in PE the children in Year 4 will take part in; Swimming, Games, Gymnastics, Athletics, Dance and different outdoor activities. The children will develop skills; evaluate and improve performances; and learn about the importance of maintaining good health and fitness, through eating healthy and regular exercise.
Art/ Design Technology
Art and DT will be taught through our topic. The children will have lots of fun creating photographs, drawings and paintings based on their current topic. The children have many exciting DT and Art sessions to look forward to.
Year 4 will be taught Music following a scheme of work called 'Charanga': A new exciting Primary music scheme for the new music curriculum. During the year, the children will learn a range of new songs from different parts of the world. They will also have the opportunity to accompany the songs using different instruments and playing a variety of rhythms.
During the second half of the Autumn term, the children will be preparing for their Christmas Carol Service which will be a lovely celebration in addition to the children showcasing their beautiful singing voices and immense musical talents.