We make sure that our Year 4 curriculum is flexible enough to follow the interests of the children in our class. We enjoy learning about number, measurement, geometry and statistics and use our skills in other curriculum areas as often as possible.
Throughout the year we have the opportunity to try lots of different games, dance and gymnastics activities in PE and enter football, cross country, rounders and orienteering competitions.
In music we can learn to play an instrument and we enjoy listening to different types of music and making our own. We also have French with Mrs. Brotherton as well as using espresso coding to develop our computing skills further.
Roman soldiers will be marching into class in 2017 and helping us find out more about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. We will be reading, Gladiators Never Blink by Nick Warburton.
Towards Christmas, we see a live Pantomime performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Rotherham Civic Theatre….OH YES WE DO! We also hope to write our own script and perform for an invited audience.
Our topics will include rivers and the water cycle. We learn about the temperatures that solids melt at and find out more about solids, liquids and gases. We find out that some materials are about as much use as a chocolate teapot! We will read the novel, The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells.
On Mondays, Y4 go swimming for 11 weeks. We start on Thursday 19th April and our final session is on Thursday 12th July.
Our topic includes finding out about another locality and this year we will be going on our residential visit to Castleton on Thursday 3rd May to Friday 4th May. There are lots of exciting things for us to see and do while we are there and once we return to school, as we find out about a contrasting locality and compare it with where we live. Why not have a look at our Castleton page and see all the fun things we did last year.
There is an expectation that Year Four children will learn all their tables by the end of this year and we have decided to focus on the 6, 8 and 11 times table. Knowing a times table means being able to count in a multiple, say the multiplication in order and then out of order and then recall the division.
If your child finds this difficult the only way to move forward is to practice little and often. If you would like more support with this area, please ask.
Your child will be doing a variety of reading sessions in school including guided activities and shared reading throughout the curriculum. The more they read at home the better! Lots of discussion about the texts they are reading which ask detailed questions about why the characters are behaving in a certain way, help your child to develop a deeper understanding of what they are reading. Please sign your child’s reading record every time you listen to them read and talk about their understanding. Your child will need to have their reading book, journal and record in school every day and take it home every night. Sometimes, we are unable to change your child’s reading book on the same day that they hand it in so please share a different book at home.
Expectations are that every child will change their book at least once a week. If your child has progressed onto a book that is too long to read a whole book and answer questions in a week, please ensure that they hand it in so that we can see their progress. Mrs Gurner will oversee a homework club on Tuesday lunchtimes for those children who are unable to complete their reading homework at home.
Please remember that your child will learn best if they are happy in school. If they have any worries, please encourage them to tell me or you can see me in the morning or after school to let me know your concerns.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I look forward to working with you and your child during the year.