Welcome to Year 4 2021-2022
We are very excited to welcome the children and families joining Year 4 back to school, and we hope you have all settled back in smoothly.
The Year 4 team have an exciting and enjoyable learning adventure planned and look forward to the many activities we have planned this year.
A typical Year 4 morning begins with all children reading in class. This is followed by the teaching of a range subjects including Topic, Science, English, Maths, Music, Handwriting and more. This varied timetable is in place to ensure children’s learning is as engaging as possible.
Fitness and health are also very important to us, and there will be two P.E. sessions per week, Our school P.E kits consist of black shorts or tracksuit pants and a red t-shirt with the school logo on it. Order forms are available on request from the school office, and for a small additional fee, you can have your child’s name printed on the back!
All Year 4 classes have their PE day on Tuesday.
Children will bring home books within their AR levels and also books of their choosing from the school library, and we encourage them to share these with you at home. Once they have read the book, they will complete a quiz checking their understanding.
Students will have access to myON, which is an interactive reading program, and they can link their AR accounts so that they are reading books within their level. Log-in details are the same as their AR ones. We welcome comments from home in the children’s reading record, and these are checked regularly at school.
Children also have access to the online program Times Tables Rockstars, which is a fun and engaging way for the children to practise and challenge themselves as well as their peers. Children already have logins for this, but these can be given to parents too on request.
The children take part in TT Rockstars competitions in class, and we would encourage them to learn their times tables at home. It is an expectation that they know, and can confidently recite their times tables up to 12 by the end of the year. This is also the first year children in Year 4 will sit the national Times Tables Test, (a new government assessment) so it is extremely important they practice as much as possible.
We want to encourage children to be independent learners and therefore invite our students to complete their own research on the theme/topic being focussed on in class. Curriculum maps which show themes/topics will be available for each half term on the school website, or alternatively we can provide hard copies for you. Children can complete projects linked to their learning, if they so choose to. These can be in any form the child wishes e.g. models, presentations, paintings etc.
The topics we will be exploring this year include:
· Ancient Egypt
· Expressionism, and
· Comparing a UK and EU locality
If you have any further questions about Year 4, please do not hesitate to ask!