Welcome to Year 4 with Mr Batchelor and Mr Powell.
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||The children will be taught how to write effective sentences in narrative writing; this will entail a focus on powerful verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Additionally children will be introduced to the use of adverbs of time and the effective use of brackets in instruction writing. They will then be introduced to using formal vocabulary and writing in non-chronological report writing/||·Checking your child’s syntax, grammar and spelling rather editing their work for them try and have a discussion with your child about what they need to improve.
Encourage them to use new vocabulary, especially that related to the topic.
·Your child should take as much care with their homework as they with their work in school.
By now children should be much more competent at 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
|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 exemption words as well as the word that have been given to your children for the spelling test
·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.
Our fist topic this year allows the children to explore the world of potions. We will have the opportunity to conduct a lot of science looking at the states of matter as well the history of medicine. In literacy we will be writing instructions on how to make our own potions, a narrative about a Alchemist and report writing.
|· Your child will engage with large variety of new vocabulary so it is important they are encouraged to use these in everyday life as it will strengthen their understanding and their ability to use them at school.
·Exposing your child to new experiences that lend themselves to the topic e.g cooking or seeing live music.
|Maths||This term we will start with a focus on number and place value to ensure that children have a solid foundation for their maths. This will then progress to calculation involving the four main operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Calculation will initially focus on mental strategies, before moving on to written methods. Finally we will be teaching fractions with an emphasis on tenths and hundredths to prepare children to move on to decimals.||·Practicing times tables is crucial for your child’s mathematical development as it relates to so many of the year 4 maths topics. 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.
·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. This includes topics such as Buddhism, Christianity, people of faith, pilgrimages and The Bible.||Open-mindedness to these topics will only benefit your child’s understanding of them.|
|PE||Non-stop Action, our provider of physical education, will be teaching year 4 on Thursdays. Swimming lessons will take place on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings for 4P and 4F, respectively. The swimming teachers are fully trained and the building is completely safety checked. The teachers will make a decision about which ability group your child should attend based on their own professional assessment.||Encouraging your child to stay active in their spare time is essential to their physical development (not necessarily competitive sport)
We are very enthusiastic about parent helpers coming along to help us walk to and from Churchfarm Swimming Pool. If you wish to help, you will need to arrive at Monkfrith by 1:35pm on Wednesday, arriving back at 3:20pm (for 4P) or 11am on Friday, arriving back at 12:30 (for 4f).
|KS2 – Spanish/Music||The children take part in Spanish and music lessons on a Friday taken 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.
In Year 4 your child will be reading progressively more complex books in their guided reading sessions, which they must bring in every day in their book bag. Children will also be reading a book from the class library of their choosing. Talking to your child about their book and reading with them is proven to be extremely beneficial for their learning.
A downloadable reading list can be found here: Year 4 reading list
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.