Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 with Miss Shah 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 This term the children will be writing letters and play scripts focussed around the story of Alice in Wonderland which will link with learning how to make comparisons between different text. They will learn how to extend their sentences by using a wider range of conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and prepositions. They will then be introduced to using formal vocabulary and use this to write a non-chronological report. ·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 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

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 Wednesdays 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 Potions

This term we will be discovering how potions exist in many forms. We will investigate how potions are used in the world today and how we benefit from them. We will also develop our artistic skills to design our own potion bottles as well as make our own. Following this, we will learn the history of medicine and how they have developed over time. Finally, we will investigate the different states of matter. 

· 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.

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 addition and subtraction. Calculation will initially focus on mental strategies, before moving on to written methods. Finally, they will learn how to recognise and name 2-D and 3-D shapes. ·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. Identifying patterns within and across timetables is beneficial.

·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. Encouraging your child to stay active in their spare time is essential to their physical development (not necessarily competitive sport)
KS2 – 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.

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