Year 4 Curriculum
Class Teacher - Mrs L Clark
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Betsy Reilly
- Mrs Jane Savill
Our themes for this term will be ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’. We will be focusing on non-fiction texts in English and place value in Maths. In Science we are going to be learning about electricity and linking this to DT making battery operated torches. Our topic focus is History, we will take an in-depth look at the Anglo Saxons and their lives before moving onto settlements.
Children should be provided with water bottles which they will have access to throughout the day, should they need refreshment. However, I would like to request that only plain water is provided. Sports type lids are preferable, as there is less potential for spillage.
Our PE sessions this term will take place on Friday afternoon each week. Our Friday PE session will be led by a qualified sports coach. The children will be outdoors for the sessions (weather permitting) so please provide your child with both an indoor and outdoor kit as listed below:
- Outdoor kit containing joggers, a long-sleeved top and trainers.
- Indoor kit containing blue shorts and a white t-shirt.
Plimsolls may be worn outside; however I would recommend trainers as they usually have a better grip on the soles. For heath and safety reasons, long hair must be tied back. Please provide your child with a spare hair band with their PE kit. Due to cooler weather conditions during the winter months, I would advise that all girls wearing tights to school are provided with an additional pair of PE socks. Again, for the purpose of maintaining safety, I would also like to remind you that earrings cannot be worn during PE lessons and children MUST be able to remove their earrings for PE.
Homework activities this year will involve spellings to reinforce the week’s learning, a short arithmetic task, and an additional activity (English, Maths, Science or Topic) that is designed to reinforce learning from our class work each week. Homework folders will be handed out on a Friday and collected in the following Wednesday. The set tasks should take around 30 minutes to complete.
Login details for MyMaths and Wordsmith will also be provided with your child’s Homework folder.
If your child has any difficulties completing the work set, please drop me a note or call in to see me and I will be happy to give them some extra help.
Children will be rewarded with team points for all homework handed in on time and extra points will be given for quality and any extra effort that has been put into completing their work. If you wish to write me a note to let me know how much support you have offered your child during the completion of their Homework activities, I would be most grateful.
In addition to the Homework tasks, I would encourage you to listen to your child reading regularly at home for 10 - 15 minutes each evening if possible, and by discussing their books with them. It cannot be emphasised enough how important this regular daily reading is in developing fluency and understanding of texts, as well as promoting an enjoyment of books and reading in general.
Some examples of questions you might ask when reading with your child or after they have read a section of their book independently include:
- What do you think will happen next?
- Who is your favourite character? Why?
- What is happening in this picture?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why?
- What does this word mean?
- Can you show me where the author has used a comma/question mark/exclamation mark?
Please also encourage your child to use their knowledge of phonics if they are stuck on a word to help them to decode unfamiliar words.
Reading books will be changed three times each week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This is to allow children to reread a book in order to develop their understanding and fluency. In addition, reading records on Wednesdays to check that children’s progress with home reading, and those that read at least three times each week will be given team points by way of reward.
If anyone is willing to provide more support and would like to come into school to hear the children read or practice times tables, I would be most grateful for your help during the afternoons. This arrangement would be subject to a DBS check having first been completed. If interested please drop me a note or call in to see me so that we can discuss it further.
Finally, could I please ask that all clothing - particularly jumpers and PE kits - are clearly named, as items do tend to go astray if they are not.
I am looking forward to working with the children this Year and watching their confidence grow. If you have any questions concerning any of the above, or wish to speak to me regarding your child, please do not hesitate to make an appointment at the office.