Year 4

Welcome to the Year 4 page! Year 4 is a busy year as we learn lots of new and exciting things. It takes lots of hard work but is also a lot of fun. Towards the end of the year, we will be taking some Times Table tests, so we will be making sure we get lots of practice throughout the year.

Miss Jarvis (4J)

Class Teacher

Mrs Smith (4S)

Class Teacher

Miss Ratcliffe (4R)

Class Teacher

Mrs Evans

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Woodbridge

Teaching Assistant

Important Year 4 Information:

  • Please bring your swimming kit to school on Tuesdays.
  • To enable us to change reading books regularly, please hand in your reading book to a member of staff when you have completed it.
  • Homework books need to be handed in every Wednesday to be given out each Friday.    
  • To stay hydrated, you need to bring a water bottle into school every day.
  • The school day will start at 8:45am and will end at 3:20pm

Year 4 Curriculum

English

English skills are used in all our subjects and so we practice these skills every week through handwriting, reading, oracy, writing and spelling.

In the first half of the spring term, we worked towards planning and writing our own Monster Hunter’s guide based on the text ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ by Joe Todd Stanton. We looked to create our own monster guide based on Viking myths and legends. This gave the children the chance to use their imagination and use all the skills they have developed over the unit; including expanded noun phrases, formal language, fronted adverbial phrases and using technical language. To extend the children’s learning in this area we will read extracts from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ during whole class reading.

After half term we will study ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy. We will be writing a twisted tale based on a traditional story. There will be many opportunities for incidental writing where the children can practice their grammar skills, including use of similes and metaphors, expanded noun phrases and apostrophises for possession.

Reading remains an integral part of the year 4 curriculum. Your child will have 4 sessions of whole class reading a week, where the children focus on comprehension skills alongside accuracy of reading and fluently. Some children have regular reading sessions individually with a member of staff. All children will benefit from reading at home. We would therefore ask that you support your child at home by reading with them each night for just 10 minutes and signing their reading log so they can earn dojo points and rewards.

Maths

This term, we will focus on multiplication and division; identifying a range of strategies for calculating and problem solving. We will use a variety of methods resources to support us (multiplication squares, base 10 and part whole models, to name a few). We will also look at applying this to our unit of measure when working out the area of a shape.

We will also begin to look at fractions and how we can add and subtract them. We will then relate this knowledge into learning about decimals and how the two can be linked.

We also focus on basic skills in Maths continually throughout the year; including:

  • Developing our times tables knowledge (2’s up to 12’s)
  • Regular practise of calculation across the four operations.

Across the Curriculum

We have covered so much in Year 4 already and can’t wait to get stuck onto even more exciting topics this term! We are currently looking at Electricity in our Science topic and we will be using the skills and knowledge we learn in science to develop an electrical light box in our DT work. In Geography we are going to be looking at global trade and energy. We will be looking further into the different types of energy that we create and how this effects trade across the globe. In Computing the children will be looking at creating their own basic film, looking specifically at filming techniques and editing. Further on in the term we will be moving on to look at creating a digital book based on the Harry Potter series. For PE this term we have been going swimming looking into the different techniques, survival skills and increasing the children’s confidence in the water. In our PSHE lessons we have looked at listening skills and resilience and this coming term we will be looking into how we can deal with fears and anxieties that we may face; we will do this through drama-based discussions and working as a team or class to discover ways to overcome these feelings.

Year 4 Overview

Times Table Check

Please click the link below which will give you more information about the statutory Times Tables check which will take place in June.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multiplication-tables-check-information-for-parents

 

Keep checking the Year 4 twitter account for more activities we have been up to this term.

Year 4 Twitter – @Year4RiceLane https://twitter.com/Year4RiceLane