WELCOME T0 Year 4
Year 4 Staff
Jaguars: Mrs Babbage & Mr Wilson
Leopards: Miss Swainson
Mrs Street, Mrs Munro & Mrs Chamberlain.
We will post all relevant information for Year 4 pupils to this page alongside curriculum overviews. However, please see our Year 4 Online Learning Page for a more detailed curriculum in the event of a Year 4 bubble closure or whole school closure. If you are self-isolating individually, please contact us via email so we can send you plans and resources for your child to complete at home.
Wednesday PM and Friday AM - come to school in PE kit
Please ensure that your child is wearing a full PE kit (white t-shirt, black leggings/skirt/shorts/jogging bottoms, white socks and plimsoles or trainers) in school each PE day. Whilst we still await the warmer months, it is advised for children to wrap up. Long hair should be tied back and earrings must be removed or covered with tape for PE. Trainers can be worn daily as we will make the most of any good weather to get outside and complete daily exercise.
The children will be given an opportunity to visit our school library at least once a week, during which time they will be able to select one free-reading book of their choice. We will read daily in class and there will be opportunities for independent and pair reading throughout the day. If your child would like to take this book home, please make sure it is brought back into school only on our library day.
Welcome to Summer 2!
Hello Leopards and Jaguars!
As we begin a new half term, we will be moving onto our new topic 'Russia'.
Our geography enquiry for the summer term is ‘Sochi; sun or snow?'. Children will explore the statement ‘Sochi is a world away from our local area.’ They will improve their knowledge and understanding of the human and physical geography of a region in a European country by looking at similarities and differences with our region. They will learn about the location of Russian city of Sochi on the coast of the Black Sea and close to the Caucasus Mountain range. Children will also explore the settlement, land use, climate and economy of Sochi, the impact on the people who live there and make comparisons with our region of the UK.
During English, we will carry on reading SF Said's 'Varjak Paw'. We will continue to revise all areas of the Year 3 English curriculum whilst moving onto Year 4 objectives. This will involve using roleplay, exploring characters' feelings and events from the story to write an informal persuasive note to a character in the story. Our second writing journey will be a news report where we will use an event from the story to inspire our reporting skills and writing.
In Maths, we will continue to spend time re-capping the Year 3 objectives. Our focus this half term will be fractions focusing mostly on decimals. We will be deepening our understanding of time (analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks), geometry (geometric shapes, angles, symmetry and coordinates), as well as interpreting and presenting discrete and continuous data. We will be developing speed and efficiency when solving calculation problems and applying our knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve more complex word problems.
Especially with the new Year 4 statutory multiplication assessment, it is important that your child continues to practise their times tables regularly – even if they have passed a particular one. They need to be able to apply these facts in order to solve problems involving larger numbers and other operations so it is vital that they can not only recall them fluently, but that they can build on them in other ways too. Here are a range of websites children can use to practise.
In Year 4, our spelling tests take place on a Friday morning based on the SPAG focus of the week. We encourage children to practise their spellings daily. Any help you can give your child to support them with learning their spellings at home would be greatly appreciated. You may wish to try some of these spelling activities. Do email your child's teacher if you need clarification as to which group your child is in.
Additionally, it is important for your child to practise the Year 3 and 4 that are linked below. It may also be worth revising Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words and High Frequency Words. They should be able to read and spell the words and apply them in their writing in line with the end of Year 4 expectations. These were sent home to you at the beginning of Autumn Term.
Miss Swainson, Mrs Babbage and Mr Wilson
Mrs Street and Mrs Chamberlain
We would like you to read every day with your child for 15 minutes. This is really important for them to continue building their reading stamina and fluency. Reading frequently has a huge impact on your child's literacy and progress in class.
We are developing a love of reading in Year 4 using a range of strategies and incentives. At the moment, we are taking part in a Readathon. Our overall aim is to read at least 4200 minutes collectively this half term. If 30 children were to read for at least 10 minutes every day, it would only take us 42 days. We are currently on the look out for our Star Reader. Please help us achieve our goal. Follow Leopards' Readathon by clicking or scanning the QR code below. Please help us reach our goal by following the personalised link that was sent to parents. Keep your eyes peeled for the next reading competition.
Here are examples of questions that should be answered as children read to deepen their understanding. See if you can complete Miss Swainson's Reading Challenge.
Alternatively you can access spot books on Oxford Owls by clicking the picture below. Usernames and password were emailed to you at the beginning of term.
Our homework is linked to our main topic and this has already been given out during the first week of the half term. To reduce the amount of items being taken home, homework will be posted via Seesaw. Children should aim to complete at least one piece of homework each week. Homework is a very useful way for you to keep in touch with what we are teaching in school. It also allows the children to practise skills we have covered in class and we appreciate your support in helping your child to complete this important learning at home on a regular basis.
If possible, we would like you to complete tasks on Seesaw or in your homework book. This book should remain at home rather than being brought backwards and forwards to school. Feel free to upload pictures of completed tasks onto Seesaw or email to the class teacher, so that we have an opportunity to praise the children's efforts.