Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 with Mr Filby and Mr Powell.

Mr Filby

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 should now be able to identify/use more advanced techniques such as subordinate clauses and adjectives as well as other ways of progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary with an increasing range of sentence starters. Within their text children should have the ability to use and punctuate speech marks accurately. ·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.

Creative Curriculum Burps Bottoms and BileThis topic, which focusses on the digestive system, engages children in a number of practical, visual and abstract ways. They take part in science experiments, write a story about a character who travels through the digestive system, make detailed/ labelled diagrams and even make their own healthy eating recipe.

I Am Warrior

The second term’s topic focusses on the Roman Empire and the Roman conquest of Britain. This connects very well with our topic after the Easter holidays, which is all about Vikings and the Viking invasion. Children will create timelines of the era; make Roman weaponry; act out various scenes of Roman life and take part in their very own ‘Roman Day’, among other things!

· 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 finish off our multiplication and division topic; after touching on area and perimeter again, this will lead on to fractions. The children will apply their knowledge of times tables, factors, tenths and hundredths from last term to work with fractions and decimals in a range of ways. ·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

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.