Welcome to Year 4 with Mr Filby 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|
|At the start of year 4 the children will focus on recapping the much of what they achieved in year 3 while applying it to our Potions topic. Soon after this we will move on more advanced skills such as subordinate clauses and other ways of progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence starters.||·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.
|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.
Hereis a list of spellings that all children in Year 4 should know by the end of the year.
This topic covers scientific investigation among other opportunities for investigation and lends itself to descriptive writing. The children will take part in practical experiments, art inspired by magical themes and looking into the study of medicine past and present.
While the creative element are largely music based the children will have many opportunities to do drama, art and even scientific investigation from looking at graphic scores to designing a pair of headphones.
|· 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||Much like their work in English they will start with they learned in year 3 while extending their knowledge of number. This will include rounding, ordering and recognising the place value of much larger numbers. There will also be a substantial push for times tables as they are essential in the later topics such as fractions etc. Our first lessons will on roman numerals.||·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, are our provider of physical education and will be teaching year 4 on Thursday and Friday mornings. From Spring term onwards the children will attend swimming lessons on a Friday Morning.||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 Friday taken by our experienced visiting teachers.||Engaging your child in music on any level, to why they like a certain song to having them compose their own piece is very beneficial.
·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.