Year 4

 

Welcome to Year 4 with Mr Filby.

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 bulk of our writing will be focussed on our two topics: Traders and Raiders (Saxons and Vikings) and Misty Mountain Sierra (nature, geography and the myths surrounding mountainous areas). There will also be daily Spelling, Grammar or Handwriting lessons so their writing should become more technically skilled. Talk about the topics.  Any additional conversation or research will give them a more secure grounding in it, making their writing more imaginative with richer ideas!Reading for at least 30 minutes each day makes a huge difference! Discuss any new words they’ve heard at school. Talking about these in another context will help strengthen connections between the word and it’s meaning.Spellings for this term will be sent home, but a copy of the Year 3/4 spellings will be stuck in the children’s homework books as well as a term by term explanation of what sounds we will be covering. Tests will take place on a Friday. Make sure that anything they write at home is written in neat, joined up handwriting (except for capitals), the spelling is correct and their sentences make sense. Taking pride in their own writing is an important step towards amazing progress.
Maths We start the Summer term by finishing our work with decimals, then moving onto money by the second week in. The rest of the term is all measurement and shape based: we cover time, statistics and geometry (shape, position and direction). Please continue to focus on times tables. They are essential especially when working with more complex fractions, later this term. The children will need to know their times tables inside out and back to front.For example:7 x 8 = 56 and 8 x 7 = 56; 56 ÷ 8 = 7 and 56 ÷ 7 = 8http://tablestest.com
To move up to the next test, the children must attain a 100% mark.I will use www.mymaths.co.uk to set homework sometimes, however the children can use it anytime to practise something we have learnt or test to make sure they that they can remember.Year 4 Calculation Policy Leaflet
Creative Curriculum In Spring1 our topic is Traders and Raiders. The children will have many opportunities to learn about English history in the time of the early middle ages. We do this not just through research, but through drama, music and art.

In Spring 2  the topic changes to ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’. As well as learning about the forces and natural occurrences that create our planet’s geography (the water cycle, tectonic plate movements) they will learn about the how humans live and adapt to their surroundings. We end the year with a very dramatic hunt… for the infamous Yeti.

The topics we cover are the foundations with which all our writing and creative curriculum is based on. The more the children discuss the topic and new things they’ve discovered the deeper their understanding and appreciation of the concepts will become. Overall this will give them more confidence and ownership of their learning in class.

There is a link to a word document at the bottom of this page with some useful websites that the children can go on to gain knowledge about Saxons and Vikings.

 

PE Our PE lessons will take place on Thursdays. In the Spring and Summer term our Friday PE session will be replaced with swimming lessons. Please make sure that all kits are brought in on the right days and taken home at the end of each term for a wash.
SpanishMusic Spanish is taught by a specialist teacher on Thursdays. I will be doing some music with the class occasionally but the bulk of the curriculum will be taught by a specialist teacher on Thursdays. Asking your child if they’ve learned any Spanish phrases, e.g. greetings, days of the week or other language basics will help strengthen their memories of these lessons. Musical games or singing with your child can be extremely beneficial. Not only does it activate and exercise many areas of the brain, it shows them that singing and musical engagement is something to be proud of and not hidden!

Reading

As Year 4 continues 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.

Useful Viking and Saxon websites