Welcome to Year 4!
In Year 4 we encourage the children to become more independent in their learning and to set challenging goals. We have a busy curriculum and combine learning with having lots of fun!
Throughout each term, we focus on a variety of genres that include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The children analyse how these texts are written through whole class reading and small group guided reading sessions. After studying the texts, the children then have the chance to write their own versions using the knowledge and skills they have acquired. We link our English topics with other curriculum areas as often as possible so the children are given lots of opportunities to write! We teach grammar and punctuation discretely.
In Maths we aim to improve the children’s grasp of the number system so that they are able to read, write and manipulate numbers confidently (up to 10,000). We often incorporate practical activities in our lessons to help the children deepen their understanding of number. We use the ‘mastery’ approach to teach maths where children have to master fluency activities before moving on to reasoning and problem solving challenges. By the end of year 4, children are expected to know their times tables and be able to recall these at speed so it’s important that the children practise these as often as possible.
Our main topics this year include: Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Egyptians, Rivers, Mountains and Volcanoes. If you have a particular interest in any of these topics or have something in which you could share with the children then please pop in and see me! Throughout the year, we will be going on class visits; the children will be able to take part in various performances, including a class assembly, and will take part in in school sporting competitions.
How you can help
You can help your child’s learning by encouraging and supporting them to complete homework tasks. These tasks will be based around learning spellings and times tables alongside an extended piece of work related to what they have been learning in Maths and English each week. It is also important that you listen to your child read and ask them questions to check and further their understanding.
Hopefully this gives you a little insight into Y3/4. If you have any queries, please pop in and see me either before or after school.
Miss Lyndsey Allanson/ Mr Sean McGrath – 4 Class Teachers.