How is this year group organised?
The year group is divided into 3 classes.
The Class teachers are:
PPA Cover provided by Miss Wright and Mr Cole on a Tuesday.
The teaching assistants based in Year 4 this year are:
General Expectations/Rewards & Sanctions
As with other year groups, we expect all children to try their best and work hard in the classroom and in lessons.
We always encourage the children to treat each other, and all adults with respect and kindness. In accordance with the rest of the school, we follow the behaviour policy whereby positive behaviours are rewarded and negative behaviours sanctioned in a way appropriate to key stage two.
Please see the on-line behaviour policy for further details.
We will continue to encourage greater independence and responsibility and hope that you will also support your child in achieving this.
Although we expect a great deal from your child, we offer a huge amount of praise and recognition for effort, achievement and good behaviour as well!
Within the English curriculum, the children will be taught reading, writing, speaking & listening and spelling & grammar (SPAG) skills. This will include: letters, sounds, spelling rules and grammar, sentence structure and punctuation, understanding of whole texts and meaning, handwriting (cursive script), writing for different audiences and purposes, and reading of different styles of texts.
Within the Mathematics curriculum, children will be taught a range of skills, including: mental and written strategies for solving problems, number patterns, addition and subtraction, multiplication and times tables, division, shape, measure (time, length, weight and capacity) and data handling. Children will have a variety of opportunities to apply their reasoning and fluency within mathematics through a range of practical and problem solving activities. We would encourage as much time as possible at home on TT Rockstars to develop children's times tables knowledge. At the end of the year, all children in Year 4 across the country will complete an online multiplication tables check to assess their knowledge so it is vital that as much time as possible is given to practice.
In Science, we learn a range of topics each with a practical element. Alongside the knowledge, children apply key scientific skills such as fair testing and evaluation. The science units are: The Digestive System, Changing Sound, Electricity, Living Things and their Habitats and States of Matter.
Our History learning over the year includes focusing on an aspect of British History - Roman Britain and an aspect of World History - Ancient Greece. We learn about the impact these eras had on the world and the lives of those people who lived at the time. We also analyse historical sources as well as placing events chronologically on timelines.
In Geography, we look at Europe as a continent. Children develop locational knowledge about the major countries, capital cites, flags and landmarks of Europe. They also continue to use a map and / or atlas accurately. We also look at coastlines, comparing Greek coastlines with the coastline of the Jurassic Coast.
During Year 4, children will learn key French conversational language as well as revising key French vocabulary from previous years. New learning will include: sports, hobbies, animals and talking about the weather in French.
DT / Art
In Year 4, children will learn a variety of art mediums and how to use these effectively. They will complete independent and collaborative art projects. In Design and Technology, children will develop their use of working with clay and will take part in a clay workshop with professional clay artists to produce an Ancient Greek vase (amphora).
In Year 4 pupils develop their recorder playing during the Autumn and Spring Terms. In the Summer Term they all learn to play a brass instrument with a visiting specialist. The children also learn and rehearse a wide range of songs for school services, events and assemblies through the year.
PE - Spring Term
All classes will go swimming from January - April (the Spring Term). Please help the children to have their correct kit (all named) on the correct day. We will have a PE lesson with Mr Cole every Tuesday. Weather dependent, there will be an additional PE lesson on Wednesdays. There will also be an outdoors Fit Friday session every Friday and children should wear trainers to school on this day but also bring their full PE kit to change back into.
Children should not wear jewellery/ wristbands in school. They may wear ‘studs’ if they have their pierced ears, however for health and safety, these MUST be removed on PE days prior to coming into school. If your child has only just had their ears pierced, please supply a roll of micro-pore tape which can then be applied over the earrings.
May we also remind you that long hair needs to be fastened back for school.
All home learning is set on a Thursday and should be handed in by the following Tuesday, (or before if they wish). The current focus for our home learning (Spring 2) is English (a grammar or punctuation task) and learning spellings on a weekly basis. We would also like children to be using TT Rockstars as often as possible as we strive for excellence in our times tables in year 4.
We offer a home learning club during a lunchtime for those children who prefer to complete their home learning at school.
Look out for Dare to Learn opportunities throughout the year. These will be completed in school but will need support from parents in terms of resourcing.
The children will be covering the year 4 spelling curriculum including the statutory year 3 / 4 lists and investigations of spelling patterns and rules. Children will be sent home each week with a spelling booklet containing 5 of the week's spelling pattern words and 3 words of the children's choice taken from the statutory spelling lists. We will have a spelling test every Tuesday and the booklet will come back home with the children's spelling score. The expectation for spellings within lessons is that children have a go at a spelling and ask 'Is this how I spell...?' rather than asking, 'Can you spell... for me?'
Reading (Reading records & Guided Reading)
Please listen to your child read as frequently as possible. The expectation is three 15-minute reads a week and an adult signature recorded in the reading record book which will be checked on a Friday. Children reading at least three times a week will receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze raffle ticket and will be entered into the 'Wheel of Fortune' draw every Friday in which they will have an opportunity to win a prize for the class or themselves.
Children may change their school reading book as often as they wish, but it is their responsibility to remember to do this!
We thank you in advance for all your support with your child’s reading at home.
Dropping off / Collecting your child
Dropping off - Please ensure your child arrives on time each morning. Children can come straight into class from 8.40am. Your child must be in class in time for the register at 8:55. If your child arrives after 8:55 please make sure they come in through the office, where they need to sign in as late.
At the end of the school day, please wait on the playground near the year 6 mobiles. Your child will be led out and expected to wait with their class teacher. If they are to be collected by someone else, please inform the class teacher. Any children who have still not been collected by 3.25pm they will be taken to the front entrance to await collection. Please note this is something we offer to keep children safe and should not be abused.
If your child is going home with a friend, or different adult, please inform us in the Reading Record. If no note is provided, your child will be taken to the office in order to contact you. This is school policy and ensures your child’s safety.