Welcome to Year 4
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.
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.
Subject-by-Subject Spring Term Overview
As readers… we will be embarking on a new strategy of ‘whole class’ reading. Reading skills such as comprehension, inference and prediction will be explicitly taught using highly-rated texts, to give the children further opportunities to develop their reading skills.
As writers… in this unit of work the class will be reading the beautifully illustrated book by Sandra Dieckmann ‘Leaf’, a wonderful story about being an outsider. The class will write their own outsider narrative using fronted adverbials and Alan Peat complex sentences.
As mathematicians… we will be working on multiplication, division, fractions and decimals using a variety of methods and strategies. We will be improving our fluency and reasoning skills by solving problems using our previous knowledge.
In RE… this term, we will continue to encourage regular use of our Reflection Area to provide a quiet space for thought. In lessons, the Bible story we are discussing is ‘The Centurion’s Servant’.
As artists… this term’s work will include tinga art, where we will be learning about the art used in African mythology.
As designers… we will be designing, building and displaying a close to life-size model of a whale using some new skills and techniques.
As computer technicians… we will be refining our ICT skills over the half term to further our fluency with software that is used widely today in many sectors of life, particularly MS Office and the G-Suite for Education. We will also be using our school equipment to research and present information on topics in other lessons, such as C4L.
As historians… we will be discovering whether a source can be deemed reliable or not by looking at a variety of sources around one subject and considering the author’s intentions, whether it is a first hand account and whether it comes from a reputable source.
As geographers… we will be locating the countries where some of the figures in our Context4Learning topic reside(d) and studying their human and physical geographical features.
As scientists… we will be exploring states of matter, how the molecules behave within each state and how we can change them.
As musicians… we will be further developing our knowledge of reading and writing musical notation, all in the context of our C4L topic.
As athletes… we will be working with Miss Valentine to improve our mobility, coordination and problem solving skills.
As linguists… we will be learning the basics of the French language and develop into simple conversations.
A typical day
Each day begins with a variety of activities to get the class working straight away. These tasks are a recap of previous skills learned, such as reading, times tables, reading and spelling, that help consolidate the pupils’ understanding.
Each lesson begins with a recap of the previous lesson’s learning, a mental starter – usually a game to do with times tables or basic arithmetic – and an initial task. The class then receives input from the teacher regarding the day’s work. All input is highly interactive and intends to make the lesson as much fun as possible. The class are then given the task to work through as directed in groups or independently. We follow White Rose Maths, so mathematical principles are split into sections which allow us to develop a depth of learning and dispel any misconceptions. The end of every lesson is a time where the class are given time to self and peer assess their work and a plenary task – usually another game!
Our English lessons follow a book per half term as a source of inspiration, excitement and writing techniques. We dive into the vocabulary used, the imagery created and the style of writing to find the best aspects for our own writing. We plan, redraft, assess and write a variety of styles of texts to help us have a broader range of skills and to understand how to use language to suit the function being used.
We use a variety of texts to expand the class’ ability to read, comprehend and assess a piece of writing and use tasks that require them to investigate, infer, extract and define. These skills become vital later in their school life, so we encourage the class to become accustomed to this style of analysis so they can perform these tasks quicker higher up the school.
Context for Learning
This is our overarching topic that we cover during the half term. This will include art, D&T, writing, IT, reading and many other curriculum subjects. The topics will cover a array of historical and geographical settings and will give the class and in depth understanding of a certain era or place in time.
Break time – 10.15am
Lunch time – 12.20
End of the school day – 3.30
Year 4 have P.E. on a Monday and a Wednesday. They can come into school in their P.E. kit.
Homework is given out on a Friday via Google Classroom and should be returned to by Wednesday.
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 Gough or Mrs McLoughlin in the office to arrange an appointment or telephone call.