Welcome to Year 4
Firstly, we’d like to say how happy we are to be back at school and to be able to teach your children in the classroom rather than virtually. Thank you once again for your invaluable support in their learning over lockdown and over the summer.
We are aware some of you may have concerns due to the extensive time away from school that the children have had due to Covid-19 and want to reassure you we are well planned and resourced in how we are going to close any gaps there might be, whilst moving forwards in a rich and varied curriculum.
Below is what we will be studying this term, which we hope you will find useful.
The initial focus for this term will be to reinforce children’s understanding of placevalue of numbers up to one thousand. After that, we will concentrate on applying this learning to improve skills in addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers. Finally, the children will develop their understanding estimating and reverse calculations. We will also explore length and perimeter. It is vital that all children practice their number bonds and appropriate times tables regularly to support them in this learning.
This term we will be studying a range of fiction and non-fiction, including Leon and the Place Between. We will continue todevelop children’s literacy skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentencestructure, vocabulary and handwriting. There will be daily spelling practice and a set of spellings to learn each week, so it is important that children practice these ready for a test on Friday. Every child will have a daily class guided reading session, with a focus on comprehension skills including inference and deduction.
This subject will be taught separately from our topics and children will develop key scientific skills through hands-on, investigative sessions. We will be studying two topics in each class:
1) Electricity 2) States of Matter
The history topic will be The Ancient Egyptians following the enquiry-based question: How much did the Ancient Egyptians Achieve? The children will research why the Ancient Egyptians are considered to be a successful civilization and look at the different types of evidence and sources there are to reach conclusions about Egyptian life. They will also research the Great Pyramids and their significance.
The children will be studying The Americas following the question: Can you come on a great American road trip? Throughout this topic they will learn to use the eight points of the compass, along with a variety of maps to locate various cities and regions in North and South America. They will work on their map skills and the use of Google Earth to identify geographical features and learn about the cities along the famous Route 66.
The children will be learning to draw Landscapes focusing on the work of Tarsilla do Amaral and learning to use foreground, midground and background to create perspective in our work. We will be using a variety of different pencils, cray pass and chalk.
This term children will be looking at what Christians believe around the Trinity and why is it important. We will explore the significance of baptism and gospels of Jesus’ life.Although we currently cannot attend church; there will be online performances for harvest festival, and we are hoping to be able to put on the Christmas performance if current restrictions are lifted.
The children will be learning about what a varied and balanced diet looks like whilst designing, creating and evaluating products. We will be exploring the nutritional value of different foods and thinking about how to make our products cost effective.
Whilst we are currently unable to sing as a whole class, children will still be accessing weekly music lessons using the Charanga scheme. The children will be focusing on 1970’s pop genre based around ABBA’s MammaMia. We will be exploring the musical elements including dynamics, tempo, pitch, duration and timbre.
Our focus on Invasion Games will allow us to practice key skills and strategies in a range of ball games. Alongside this we will also be developing our agility, balance and coordination through the REAL PE scheme, which will be delivered by Mr. Jacobson on Thursday afternoons.
On returning to school the children have had increased PSHE lessons to help them get back into the normal routine and protect their mental health. This term, children willbe focusing on Health and Wellbeing under the topics ‘Healthy Lifestyles’, ‘Growing andChanging’ and ‘Keeping Safe’. We will look at health and hygiene. Children will also be recognising what they are good at and setting goals and learning how to deal with change. We will think about how they keep safe in their local area and online.
We will develop speaking and listening skills in lively practical sessions alongside learning about French culture. The children will be extending their French vocabulary whilst learning about transport and shopping.
We ask you to support your child’s learning by reading with him/her every night. InYear 3, we aim to have learnt 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x tables by the end of the year and will be asking children to practice these at home. The Times Tables Rockstar app is a great way to do this. The new Maths Curriculum expects children to know all of their times tables by the end of Year 4 where the children will take part in a ‘’Multiplication Check’ devised nationally by the government. Alongside weekly spellings on a Friday,there may be the occasional extra piece of learning that we will ask the children to complete, perhaps to research information for our topic work.
Many thanks for your continued support for your child’s learning.
Mr Branch and Mrs Cowling
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.
This Term’s Topics
Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term. If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mr Branch or Mrs Cowling.