Year 4 2020-2021
Welcome to Year 4!
We hope your child will have a happy, exciting and productive year. In Year 4, we work super hard, learn lots, achieve our goals and have fun in the process.
History Our exciting topics beginning this September will be: The Romans and Ancient Egypt.
Geography We will be focusing on Europe and making links with historical invaders, settlers and their legacies.
Science We will learn about electricity, sound, solids, liquids and gasses, animal classification and food chains. We will make links to art and design technology through our learning.
Mathematics During lessons, we promote understanding of concepts, using apparatus to support the children in their learning. Learning each of the times tables through regular practice at home and in school is highly valued and promoted! Times tables is a huge focus in Year 4 and children will be tested daily in school. It is expected that children should also know division facts by the end of Year 4 so it is vital that they practise their tables. We also focus on mental strategies and written calculations for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Being able to complete calculations enables the children to use their knowledge and skills to solve real life problems.
English We foster a love of reading through whole class participation. Some examples of the books we read include The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber and The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We use these books to extend the children's vocabulary and develop their communication skills answering questions about what they have read. This learning also feeds into developing writing skills analysing techniques used by the authors and emphasising the importance of spelling rules, punctuation and grammar.
In addition, we develop understanding, knowledge and skills in all other subjects through a variety of fun and exciting teaching and learning activities.
I highly recommend that you read with your children as often as possible. Getting your child to read aloud to you and discussing books is vital to develop fluency and comprehension skills. To enable us to check how often your child is reading at home, please sign their reading record each time you read with your child. The children need to bring in their reading record on a Monday to be checked and changed.
Homework will continue to be sent out each term - each term you will receive a home learning menu. As explained on the menu, you can choose as many or as little of the activities as you like. The homework menu will allow you to be creative and imaginative in what you decide to produce. Many parents ask if they can help with activities and projects such as this and the answer is most definitely a resounding ‘yes’! There is nothing more motivating for a child than an interested adult.
On a Friday when the children have PE, they will be allowed to wear their full PE kits to school. There will be no swimming at the moment - this will be reviewed regularly.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to working with your children this year and I hope they enjoy Year 4!