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Year 4

In Year 4, we continue to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum that allows for creative thinking and the development of independent skills. We aim to teach this through a range of fun and exciting activities which underpin the learning of key skills across the curriculum. Furthermore, this year there will be a strong emphasis on the development of children’s mathematical and English skills, preparing them for the challenges of the Upper Key Stage Two curriculum.

Year Group Information
 

Class 4D

Teacher & Year Group Leader: Mrs Draper

Teaching Assistants:  Mrs Smith and Mrs Armitage

PE: None this half term

Field: Wedenesday & Friday

Music: Wednesday morning

French: Wednesday morning

 

Class 4V

Teachers: Miss Vernon

Teaching Assistants:  Mrs Smith and Mrs Armitage

PE: None this half term

Field: Wednesday & Friday

Music: Wednesday morning

French: Wednesday morning

 

Class 4S

Teacher: Miss Staples

Teaching Assistants:  Mrs Smith and Mrs Armitage

PE: None this half term

Field: Wedenesday & Friday

Music: Wednesday morning

French: Wednesday morning

 

Class 4F

Teacher: Miss Feeney

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Alty

PE: None this half term

Field: Wednesday & Friday

Music: Wednesday morning

French: Wednesday morning

 

THemes 

A Picture in Time (Autumn 1 and 2)

Quality Texts: 'The Stone Age Boy' and 'The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess.'

During this theme, the children take a step back in time to study the early civilization periods of the Stone Age and Ancient Egypt and how stories and discoveries have led to developing our understanding of these periods of history.

In Autumn 2, we will also be performing our Christmas production, an Egytpian Nativity, which will explain what is believed to have happened to Mary and Joseph after Jesus was born.

Going, going, gone..? (Spring 1)

Quality Texts: 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry.

The children will learn about South America, the Amazon Rainforest and issues surrounding culture, livelihoods and the impact of deforestation in the conservation of wildlife and traditions. In Art and DT, children will be designing and creating a rainforest diorama using work and techniques inspired by Henri Rousseau.

Asia (Spring 2)

Quality Texts: 'The Firework Maker's Daughter,' by Philip Pullman.

The children will learn about different countries that make up the largest continent in the word, Asia, to support our understanding of the journey Lila takes in her endeavour to become a Firerwork Maker. They will learn about 4- and 6-figure grid references to locate Mount Merapi, understand the purpose behind The Great Wall of China and use clay to create a sculpture. 

Imagine (Summer 1)

Quality Text: Alice in Wonderland

Click here for our year group overview

Home Tasks 

Reading

In Year 4, we expect children to read at home with an adult 3 times a week. In addition to this, children should complete independent reading daily and this should be recorded in their Reading Record. 

We want all children to continue to develop a love of reading and to continue to engage and enthuse the children to read at least 3 times a week at home, we have launched the 2020 Year 4 Reading challenge.

In the back of your child’s diary is a checklist of different types of books your child could pick to read e.g. A non-fiction book, a book that has won an award or a book that makes them laugh, from which children can take interest in and make choices of what they would like to read. Only 1 book can be used against 1 option on the checklist and upon completing the challenge, the children will receive a certificate that will be presented in assembly.

This will run alongside the school wide Reading Lottery, where 3 reads means a raffle ticket and furthermore, any child that completes a Book Review for the Year Group display about something they have read will receive an extra raffle ticket that week towards the Reading Lottery.

If you are unable to get into school to change your book, please use the following link to access age appropriate texts for your children to read:

Oxford Owl E-Books

Homework

We aim to provide children with a range of homework activities to prepare for or consolidate their classroom learning. Homework will be given out on Friday to be finished by the following Tuesday unless otherwise instructed. Usually, there will be a 20 minute task relating to English, Maths and/or our current Theme. See Homework Books for guidelines and expectations. 

In Autumn 2, Spring 2 and Summer 2 terms, a whole-school homework project will be set instead of weekly homework. Details of which will be sent out via the newsletters.

Spellings

Each week, your child is given a focus objective and examples of words being discussed and taught in class. We ask that you continue to look at these with your child at home by discussing patterns, learning how to spell the words and finding alternative words. If interactive, online activities are something that engage your child, please look at the following website, which is free to access: https://spellingframe.co.uk .

Multiplication Tables

Times table knowledge is essential as a building block for all maths skills. We expect the children to know all their times tables off by heart, up to 12x12. It is important that the children take time to learn these throughout the week.  The children will complete a times tables test each week, working on a specific table until they know it thoroughly and then moving onto the next table.

With the Department of Education Multiplication Test coming up in June, we also want to equip your child with confidence, resilience and their best understanding of the multiplication tables up to 12x12. Therefore, to encourage the children to continue to engage with learning their multiplication and division facts, ‘Battle of the Bands,’ has been launched on TT Rockstars

Throughout the coming months, the Year 4 classes will be in competition with one another to score points by participating in the numerous games on TT Rockstars. An opportunity to partake in these competitions will be provided each week in class time, but we would also like you to encourage your child’s participation further at home. Logins for this are in the back of your child’s reading diary and/or homework book.

Links 

Home Learning  - mARCH 2020

To support your child's home learning, please find attached a variety of activities for the children to complete. 

The activities have been broken down into the different areas of the curriculum (maths, reading, writing and theme). Exercise books have been provided for all children to complete their home learning activities. Some of the activities set by the year group will be web based game and will be activities that do not need to be put into books. There is no expectation for parents to print out any work that children are given.

During each week, the following will be provided: 

4 x Maths activities 

2 x SPAG activities

1 x Pobble picture writing stimulus 

1 x Author write/free write 

1 x Reading comprehension 

3 x Theme activities - using Purple Mash were possible.

Alongside this, children are encouraged to continue to read at least 3 times a week.

These can be books from home and e-books from ‘Oxford Owl’ https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ as appropriate for their age. 

And for a change, why not enjoy one of David Walliams Audio Books: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Children should also complete TT Rockstars and use the Nononsense Spelling Strategies to learn the Year 3 / 4  word list and recap the spelling patterns stuck in their yellow reading diaries.

For additional activities, please see Home Learning Additional Activities and click on Year 4.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the work set, please email year4homelearning@churchtown.org.uk . Emails sent to this address will be responded to Monday to Friday within the school hours 9.00-3.00pm by a member of the Year Group team term time only. The school office will also be open for phone calls.