As with previous year groups, children will be given a reading book from a specific colour band at the beginning of each term, which will be changed accordingly throughout the year as your child's fluency and comprehension improve. Children are encouraged to read their individual reading books to an adult at least three times a week. This is to ensure that they have the opportunity to discuss a text and check their understanding, as well as the meanings of unfamiliar words.
In Year 4, novels include Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, How to Train Your Dragon and The Iron Man. We also study a wide range of picture books, poetry and non-fiction texts to support children's work in Literacy.
During Guided Reading sessions, children study and discuss a variety of challenging texts with their teacher and practise answering RIC questions, which require children to retrieve and infer information from a text and question why authors have made certain choices in their writing.
PE takes place twice weekly. Our sports coach takes pupils on a Wednesday afternoon whilst teachers take lessons on a Monday afternoon.
English lessons are based around a range of narrative, picture and non-fiction texts. Pupils learn to develop their language skills through grammar, spelling & punctuation activities and apply this during weekly creative writing sessions. Pupils also learn redrafting and editing skills to improve their work.
Year 4 Team
Mr J. McMahon
Miss R. Worrall
Mrs S. McCarty
Autumn trips & visits
Throughout the year, we enrich our curriculum through educational trips and visitors. In the Autumn term, Year 4 will receive a a visit from Wayland the Viking and take part in a workshop to learn all about the Viking culture and their legacy.
In Maths this term, we will be focusing on
- Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
- Perimeter and Length
To view the National Curriculum expectations for Year Four children -please click here
Every week, children are expected to read and practise their spelling lists. As well as this, our 'Pick and Mix' homework sheet provides children with twelve possible homework tasks to be completed over a term. There are four dojo-rated tasks for the three subject areas (English, Maths and Topic). We ask that children complete at least three of the tasks and bring them in by Friday 13th December, ready for our homework celebration day.
Summer Term Pick and Mix Challenges
Spellings are set every week on a Friday, to be tested the following Friday. Many of the words are taken from the Year 3 and 4 Statutory spelling list and align with the Year 4 spelling rules taught each term. We recommend that children use a variety of strategies to learn their spellings, including using their spelling voice and syllabifying, as practised in spelling lessons.
Please click here to see the words that children in Year 4 are expected to be able to spell by the end of the year.
Pupils will be learning about solids, liquids and gases, electricity and sound. Lessons are largely practical in nature and aim to develop pupils' investigative skills in a range of pupil and teacher-led experiments.
Our Topic Learning
Our unit this term is 'Invaders and Settlers'. The children will learn about Anglo-Saxon, Scots and Vikings invasion of, and settlement in, Britain. They will study the invasions, settlements and kingdoms, place names, village life, laws and justice, art and culture. They will then study the Christian conversion, including the events at Canterbury, Iona and Lindisfarne. They will learn about the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066, the resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan and Danegeld.
Children will use colour to represent character and mood when creating wand pictures using watercolours, create dragon eggs and paint a dragon in response to an illustrated story. We will then investigate textures and sculptures, creating a sculpture of a dragon's eye to demonstrate our learning.
Pupils will be learning about E-Safety, creating an on-location wizard photograph and an animation. We will also be learning about how hardware, software and wireless services are linked.
Children will be learning about the nature and function of rules in society today and consider some of the consequences of not obeying rules, study Advent and create an advent calendar and explain how Christmas customs help Christians to think about the true meaning of Christmas.
Year 4 will be enjoying music lessons with Mrs. Hudson, where they will sing songs in rounds, keep a steady beat through tempo changes and use percussion instruments and hand patterning. They will create, improvise and use texture to develop and enhance a final class performance.