Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

‘A voice for very child.’

Year 4 is a wonderful year with opportunities to develop creativity, uniqueness, voice and an outstanding attitude to learning. It is the last year in lower KS2 and a chance for each child to learn new skills and gain mastery over previously taught concepts.

The children in Year 4 follow various topics throughout the year ensuring the national curriculum is covered and enjoy learning through cross-curricula activities. Each term a new ‘Learning Challenge’ question is explored with the whole class. The children use the afternoon sessions to explore this question and the enquiries derived from the over-arching topic. The work in our English lessons often link to the topic and ‘Learning Challenge’ question.

In Year 4, we offer a rich and varied curriculum during the academic year with activities such as forest school, weekly drama, swimming and PE sessions as well as a detailed music program which includes composition, performance and appraisal. There is also a residential in the summer term and many trips through the year to enhance their learning. We use Chester city centre as our playground and regularly visit landmarks around the school to learn more about where we live.

A typical day

ActivityDescription
Collective WorshipAn opportunity for the whole school to reflect and prepare for the day ahead rejoicing in cheerful songs and talking to God through prayer.
Guided ReadingA carefully tailored carousel of activities designed to develop and enhance individuals reading skills. The children are encouraged, through questioning, to develop their competency of interrogation, inference and deduction.
EnglishOur English curriculum is mastery, text based, linked to our thematic approach to learning. Each term the children are introduced to a new text from which specific skills are taught.
MathsMathematics across the school is supported by ABACUS, a unique toolkit that is carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of the subject. Every child is expected to develop a firm understanding of maths, built on three key principles; progression, understanding and control. The ABACUS philosophy is underpinned by the four pillars which are development of conceptual understanding, numerical fluency, problem solving skills and mathematical confidence.
Wider CurriculumOur wider curriculum is taught through our cross curricular approach to learning. This incorporates science, history, geography, religious education, music, art, drama, MFL and SMSC.

Year 4 have swimming on a Monday afternoon & PE on Wednesday afternoon.

Homework is given out on a Friday and should be returned to school on Wednesdays.

Housekeeping

May we take this opportunity to remind parents that it is imperative that all pupils have a suitable water bottle in school. At this stage in our pupils’ school careers, we would expect our children to be taking responsibility for putting letters and homework into book bags, collecting water bottles and ensuring that all their clothes and property are taken home at the end of the school day. To help them with this, please make sure all personal items are labelled clearly.

As time is limited at the start of the school day, if you would like to discuss your child’s learning, please contact Mrs Leslie in the office to arrange an appointment or telephone call.