Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 with Miss Pierides and Mrs Slater

Here is some information about the upcoming term and ways you can help accelerate your children’s learning!

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English During Spring 1 the children will be writing a persuasive leaflet and a narrative based around their topic, Burps, Bottoms and Bile. They will learn how to extend their sentences by using a wider range of conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. 

During Spring 2, the children will be writing a blog describing their Viking workshop, a setting description and a historical essay showing all tey have learnt about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. 

Talk about our topics. Any additional research will make them better writer! Practise looking up words in a dictionary and choosing the relevant meaning.Reading for at least 30 minutes each day makes a huge difference.

Checking your child’s syntax, grammar and spelling rather than editing their work for them try and have a discussion with your child about what they need to improve.

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meanings. Use a dictionary to look them up.

Encourage them to use new vocabulary, especially words related to the topic.

Your child should take as much care with their homework, as they with their work in school.

They have started editing their work so any work completed at home please encourage children to re-read and rectify any mistakes made or explore ways it can be improved.

Make sure that anything they write is in joined up handwriting (except for capital letters), the spelling is correct and the sentences make sense. Practise makes permanent.

Phonics/Spelling Spelling is taught as part of an English lesson most days of the week.

Year 4 spellings further what they learnt in year 3 by the further use of prefixes and suffixes, a wider range of homophones, words that are often misspelt and using possessive apostrophes for singular and plural words. Children are taught to use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its definition or spelling in a dictionary. Spelling tests take place once a week on Fridays in the form of simple sentences dictated by the teacher.

Practice the common exception words as well as the words they have been given for their spelling tests.

Discussing the meaning of any new word your child comes across while reading or in their spellings.

Here is a list of spellings that all children in Year 4 should know by the end of the year.

Creative Curriculum Burps, Bottoms, and Bile

In Spring 1 our topic is mainly a science based and the children will learn about the teeth and the digestive system. 

We will also look at colour mixing and tones in art and design. 

Invasions
In Spring 2 our topic is mainly history based as they will be learning about the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings in Britain.

Please talk about the topic and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge, using scientific  and historic words and feel more confident to contribute in class.Burps, Bottoms, and Bile

  • Visit the local library to find non-fiction books about the body. Look for information using contents, glossaries and index pages. Write down any new facts they have learnt.
  • Look at their teeth, how to keep them healthy and clean.
  • Discuss healthy eating and a balanced diet
  • Discuss how the body breaks down their food. 

Invasions

  • Visit the local library to research the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings in Britain and history of your local area. 
  • Discuss the understand of the British history timeline.
  • Research what they eat during these times. Can you still find them in your local shops?
  • Discuss where the Vikings came from – look at maps 
  • The British Museum has some great artifacts if you are able to visit. 
  • There is a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village in West Stow, in Bury (an hour and a half drive away!) if you are able to visit.
Maths The children will continue to work on multiplication and division facts, moving on to solving multiplication of 3 digits by1 digit and division of 3 digit by 1 digit. 

We will also be working on fractions and decimals later in the term. 

Each week, they will be challenged on their times tables. They will complete 30 questions on a specific times tables, in 5 minutes. To pass and move onto the next challenge, they need 30/30. After they complete six challenges, they will receive a badge in assembly. This is a Monkfrith School Challenge. Children can be quite competitive and it has been a successful way to get children to learn their tables.

By the end of year 4, they are expected to know all times table and division facts. Ready for the SATs assessment in the Summer term. 

E.g.       3 x 4 = 12

            12 ÷ 3 = 4

Practicing times tables is crucial for your child’s mathematical development as it helps and relates to so many of the maths topics. They need to know both multiplication and division facts. 

These should be practiced out of order and discussing your child’s method in finding the answer is more beneficial than them simply “knowing” the answer.

Identifying patterns within and across timetables is beneficial.

Exposing your child to real world opportunities to use maths such as money and time. 

Monkfrith encourage them to learn all their tables through the weekly times table challenge. Click for list of times table challenge order.

http://tablestest.com/

Time Table Rock Stars is a great way to learn their tables and it records the facts they know and do not know.
https://play.ttrockstars.com/  

MyMaths.co.uk homework will be set weekly but can also be used to anytime to practise anything they have learnt.

The website below has lots of great maths games. Choose the area you want to work on at the top and select a game to play. The link takes you to the problem solving games.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/problem-solving  

Hit the button is one of the children’s favourites.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button  

Other good websites:
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular 
Learn the number of day in each month
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drH3_Flt85g 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYshA2ybFdY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Ma0D-fN38
  

If your child enjoys song, try learning times tables through these songs:
3 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY
4 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ue9Kux95H0
6 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9os1VUUp5io
7 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEnQbnxWtqM
8 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X620IeUkYE
9 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGsrC6ZPVGM

Exposing your child to real world opportunities to use maths such as money and time.

RE The children will cover a range of religions, religious festivals and sacred texts. Open-mindedness to these topics will only benefit your child’s understanding of them.
PE Non-stop Action, our provider of physical education. 

4P Tuesdays 

4S Thursday

Encouraging your child to stay active in their spare time is essential to their physical development (not necessarily competitive sport). 

60 minutes of exercise a day is recommended. 

Spanish/Music The children take part in Spanish and music lessons on a Thursday delivered by our experienced visiting teachers. Engaging your child in music on any level, from why they like a certain song to having them compose their own piece is very beneficial. Sing in the car/ and embrace your singing voices, good or bad; we want our children to enjoy their singing!

Practicing words they have learned in Spanish and how some words sound similar will help their development.

Computing  In Spring term, we will be teaching the children the importance of how to be safe online. Ensuring they remember what they have learnt in previous years.

They will be using their skills to create and publish a leaflet.

Please talk to them about the importance of being safe online. Ask them to tell you the Monkfrith online safety rules. Ensure that they are using these rules at home too. The following websites have more information and advice for parents on how to help your child stay safe online.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
http://www.netsmartzkids.org/
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Algorithms can be used every day when giving or following instructions and directing objects, not only through online games but with describing the movements of practical objects.

Encourage them to use word processing software and a keyboard to improve the speed and accuracy of their typing. This website teaches them how to use all their fingers on the keyboard:

http://play.bbc.co.uk/play/pen/g8s4pb547b

Reading

Your child will be reading each week during their guided reading session and independently reading daily, encouraging reading a range of genre, including non-fiction text, from the class book corner or a book of their choice from home. We expect them to have their guided reading in their book bag every day, in case they need to read it to an adult.

Guided reading books will continue to go out on a Friday and will be collected in on a Wednesday, as the books get longer they maybe asked to read them for longer than one week.

A downloadable reading list can be found here: Year 4 reading list

Home Learning

This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.

It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and then either grammar or something related to our topic. If the piece of work is project based, it may extend across several weeks.

This will all be set on Google Classroom. Their login information is stuck inside their books. You will find their mymaths and times table rockstar login information there too. 

We also expect each child to do:

  • 30 minutes independent reading everyday!
  • 10 minutes mental maths/times tables everyday (Year 3 are expect to know a 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 and know ALL their times tables by the end of Year 4. They will begin the Monkfrith times table challenge each week).

In addition

Any tissues would be greatly appreciated! As would any unwanted newspaper or magazines, as we use these frequently during our lessons.

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to write us a note or make an appointment to see us.

We look forward to the term ahead.

Miss Pierides, Mrs Slater and their teaching team