Welcome to Year 4. I’m Ms Bryan the Year 4 class teacher and our TA is Mrs Wright, we are delighted to be working with our 27 wonderful pupils that make class 4B 17-18. We love working with our pupils and we find Year 4 a really exciting year to be involved in, from investigating Maths, to diving into the deep blue seas with topics. We are always willing to go the extra mile to help you and your child so please approach us with any worries, concerns or questions. It is our aim to ensure your child has a positive learning experience through a wide range of opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
The Year 4 children will have a weekly Ukulele lesson from a professional music teacher Mr Reed, who will not only teach the children how to play the instrument but also how to read music. our children are encourgaed to take the instruments home to practice each week.
So what will we do this year in Year 4?
Year 4 Curriculum Map.
By the end of Year 4 every child should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. They are taught how to handle data, investigate 2D and 3D shapes and explore fractions. The children need to have a firm grasp of digital and analogue time as well as being able to handle money correctly. Encourage your child to tell the time and use TV Schedules at home as well as paying for items and working out the correct change in shops. These are not only fantastic practical experiences but they will benefit your child’s numeracy skills. In year 4 children will be taught how to solve mathematical problems using all four operations.
We hold regular Inspire workshops which give you a chance as parents to come and work with your child in school. It is also an opportunity to see some of the strategies we use whilst making learning fun!
Throughout Year 4 the children will use their exciting experiences within our Topics to stimulate exciting pieces of writing. We cover stories from other cultures, information and explanation texts, poetry, sets of instructions, persuasive writing, newspapers reports as well as so much more! The children who have benefited the most this year have taken the opportunity to improve their comprehension , grammar and vocabulary through the extensive reading opportunities both in and out of school including; home reading books, weekly school library trips, Oxford Owl and our reading breakfasts!
What will Year 4 be learning in Literacy? Click the link below to find out.
Year 4 Topics
Autumn 1: I am Warrior- Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caeser, and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator school and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus: brave soldiers of the Roman Colusseum.
Autumn 2: Blue Abyss- Grab your wet suit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the blue abyss…
Spring 1: Playlist- Take out you ear plugs as you journey through the valley of sound and find out about instruments, the sounds they make and how they travel and are produced. Discover how sounds are made and which sounds travel furthest!
Spring 2: Road Trip USA!- Buckle up, sunglasses on – we’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A! Flying from London Gatwick and landing at JFK airport New York, it’s time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Navigate around the famous landmarks and send a post card home. Wish you were here?
Summer 1: Potions – Welcome to the amazing and magical world of potions and their properties. Now, scientists, beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there – dangerous, unpredictable or plain tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet).
Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s Potions class. We will be visiting Harry Potter Studios to test our potion and wizard knowledge.
Burps, Bottoms and Bile- Do beans really have wind power? Let’s work scientifically to get to the bottom of this one. Where does food go after we swallow it? Create your own working digestive system in this belching, squelching adventure through the human body.
During the school year the following PE topics are taught. For more details about each area please visit the PE section of our academy website.
- and gymnastics
- Dance and invasion
- Outdoor activity and striking and fileding
- Athletics and striking and fielding
The children are writing and speaking in French. We will be looking at animals, colours and continuing to develop the ability to hold a conversation in French. We will also be creating our French shop where the children will pretend to sell and buy items using what they have learnt in French.
In RE we will continue to look at faiths from around the world and try to understand why faith is important to people. We have began to look at what makes people happy even through adversity. It is important to respect other peoples beliefs. Our focus will be on being reflective and self critical and being curious and valuing knowledge. We will touch upon the four noble truths of ‘Buddhism’.
We are continuing our adventures with ‘Dorothy Dot’ and the gang. We will be focusing on areas like gratitude, helping others and how to deal with change.
Using top of the range software the children are going to get an opportunity to create their own games linked to our ‘Blue Abyss’ topic. They will get the chance to learn how to create and write a program which allows them to then play the game which they have created.
P4C (Philosophy for Children)
Children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. We select one question or topic a week which is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue.
For example the question might be ‘Is it ever ok to steal? ‘ which we then discuss and justify our answers learn to except other peoples opinions and question their answers to fully understand.