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Year 4

Welcome to Year Four!
Year 4 Staff
 
Class Teachers (CT): Mrs Moody (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) & Mrs Markus (Thursday & Friday)
Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA): Mrs Norris & Mrs Baker
 
 
What do I need to know about Year 4?
  • I need my daily water bottle and healthy snack
  • My teacher will provide all the resources I need for learning, so I don't need to bring in my own items
  • I will be ready, respectful and safe at all times in school
 
When is PE?
PE is on a Monday. Please come to school dressed in your PE kits.
 
Home Learning
Reading - every day! You can complete your AR quiz in school once completed.
Spelling - set on a Monday, tested on a Friday.
Times Tables - daily practice using TTRockstars which will be monitored weekly. Watch out for the tournaments, too! (All have log in details which were sent out at the beginning of term. If you've forgotten yours, please ask to receive them again.) 
Topic - a menu of activities is available to choose from. The expectation is to complete one activity a week. (See topic section on this page for home learning ideas)
 
Please send in any home learning either physically or through Teams, so we can celebrate it in class.
 
English
Spellings
Each week, children will focus on a new spelling pattern and they will practice words with this spelling pattern in a variety of ways. These words will also be sent home for children to practice. At the end of the week, the pupils will be tested on these words and be asked to explain the spelling pattern.  
 
Reading
Children will complete an initial reading test which will give an AR (Accelerated Reader) level. Children then pick their book at their level from the school library. When children have read their books and feel confident to answer questions about the plot, characters and their likes/dislikes, they take an AR quiz. The quiz will give the child the next AR level to take - it can move up, down or stay the same.
As well as reading their AR books, children will learn comprehension skills using a high-quality whole class guided reading programme, increase their reading fluency through daily practice, listen to high-quality books read by an adult every day and read for pleasure in school and at home.
By the end of year 4, pupils should read words accurately and fluently without overt sounding and blending at a rate of over 140 words per minute.
Maths
Daily maths lessons are taught in small steps using the White Rose Hub scheme of learning.  We provide children with practical equipment to secure their understanding of each small step. As they develop as mathematicians, they are expected to use both pictorial and written methods as outlined in our whole school calculation policy. To help children succeed in maths, there is a strong focus on developing maths fluency and arithmetic skills.

Fluency is promoted through IT programs such as TT Rockstars as well as daily fluency sessions. This allows children to monitor their own progress, motivate themselves and practice essential elements. By being fluent and developing automaticity, pupils spend more time learning to reason with complex maths questions. 

 Maths provision for this term: 

  • Place Value
  • Addition and subtraction 
  • Measurement: length & perimeter
  • Number: multiplication and division  

You can support your child at home: 

  • In year 4, the children need to be secure in their knowledge of 3, 4 & 8 times tables- use TT rockstars to practice multiplication and division. 
  • Encourage maths learning in fun ways e.g. cooking, play shop keeping, using songs for timetables etc  
  • If your child is eager to complete  extra home learning, please find the maths booklets attached to our units of learning this term. 
Topic:
Predator
It’s time to take a walk on the wild side. Find out who’s coming to visit. Is it a bug munching lizard or an eagle-eyed bird of prey? Whatever it is, do you think you can handle it? Learn about creepy crocs and amazing alligators, the deadly assassin bug and the voracious Venus flytrap. Be inspired to write an informative leaflet all about your favourite predator and compose a poem about a predator or its prey. Then use what you know about the best of the beasts to create the ultimate predator; the apex of the food chain. Cross your dad with a peregrine falcon or your nan with a great white shark. What incredible species can you imagine? Feeling peckish? Let’s jump aboard the food chain.
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