Westminster – Year 4
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 and compelling book ‘Leaf’ by Sandra Dieckmann. The class will be learning a variety of new writing techniques, vocabulary and creating outsider narratives and information reports.
As mathematicians… we will be working on our multiplication tables in preparation of the Multiplication Tables Check in June, along with our normal maths lessons.
In RE… this term, we will continue to encourage regular use of our Reflection Area to provide a quiet space for thought. In lessons, we will be learning about service to our fellowmen.
As artists… the class will be developing artistic styles and techniques.
As designers… we will be designing, building and decorating volcanoes!
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 looking at natural disasters and major weather events throughout history.
As geographers… we will be locating the countries where the any major weather or natural disasters occurred, along with learning geographical vocabulary and concepts
As scientists… we will be learning about states of matter.
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 – 10.30am
Lunch time – 12.20
End of the school day – 3.45
Year 4 have P.E. on a Monday (along with swimming) and a Friday. They can come into school in their P.E. kit on both the Monday and the Friday.
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 Weisbloom or Mrs McLaughlin in the office to arrange an appointment or telephone call.
Westminster – Year 4 Blog
The Abbeystead blog has been written by Cerys, Eva and Anita this week.
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Abbeystead Blast Off!
This week, the Abbeystead blog has been written by Carmen and is an account of her day at the National Space Center in Leicester. Having to wake up extra early in the morning resulted in me being very tired on the way there. It was definitely worth it, but one person in particular was really […]
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Inventive Writing: Ocean Diving
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