Welcome to Year 4!
By the time children reach Year 4 they have fully settled into KS2 at Priory. We aim to focus on developing the children’s independence towards their attitude to school work and encourage them to start being more responsible for their own learning.
In 2018-19, the Year 4 teaching team includes Miss Lake, Mrs Bowser, Miss Clayton, Mrs Keys, Mrs Brecht and Mrs Prescott. The teaching assistants that support Year 4 are: Mrs Calabrese, Mrs Crowe, Miss Malcom – Howarth, Mrs Keating and Mrs Wadiike-Williams (learning mentor).
During Y4, the following subjects and topics are studied:
Year 4 study the following topics:
- Stories from other cultures – ‘Rama and the Demon King’ by Jessica Souhami
- Adventure stories – ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’ by Neil Gaiman
- Newspaper articles
- Stories set in an imaginary world – ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S.Lewis
- Non-Chronological reports
- Classic narrative – ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes
- Stories with historical settings – ‘The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess’ by Julia Jarman
- Explanation texts
- Story in the style of a significant author – ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl
- Letter writing
The children complete work each week relating to comprehension, writing, grammar and spelling. The children also take part in daily guided reading activities and have other opportunities to take part in shared reading sessions. The children are given English homework including spellings to learn each week.
Year 4 study the following topics:
- Place value – negative numbers, ordering, rounding, comparing numbers and reading Roman numerals to 100
- Addition and subtraction – estimate, inverse and using the formal written methods including two step problems
- Multiplication and Division – recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. Find factor pairs and multiplying two digit and three digit numbers by a one digit number using formal written layout.
- Fractions – families of common equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions, count up and down in hundredths.
- Decimals – compare numbers up to 2 decimal places, rounding decimals, diving by 10 and 100 and finding decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundreds.
- Money – solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions.
- Measure – convert, estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and penc Measure and calculate the perimeter & area
- Time – reading and converting analogue, digital and units of time.
- Geometry – compare and classify geometric shapes. Identify, compare and order angles. Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes and complete a simple symmetric figure
- Coordinates – describe positions on a 2-D grid, describe movements between positions and plot specified points
- Handling data – interpret and present data. solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented
The children practise and develop oral and mental skills on a daily basis. It is very important that the children practise their times tables every day.
Year 4 study the following subjects:
- States of Matter
- Living things and their habitats
- Animals including humans
Year 4 teach the following cross curricular topics:
- Autumn 1 – Hinduism
- Autumn 2 – Anglo Saxons and Vikings
- Spring 1 – Imaginary Worlds
- Spring 2 – Robotics
- Summer 1 – The Egyptians
- Summer term – Matilda
Weekly lessons linked to each topic include ICT, PE and the Creative Learning Curriculum (History, Geography, R.E and Art). RE is taught using the ‘Discovery RE’ scheme, Year 4 themes include Hinduism, Christianity & Buddhism. Specialist teachers teach French, Music and PE each week.
- Reading – Daily reading – please record pages read in planner.
- Spelling – list to learn
- Maths – weekly Mathletics homework
- English – Weekly literacy task due in on Thursdays
- Times tables – Continual practise of the times tables up to 12 x 12. The children can also practise their times tables online using ‘Rock Star Maths’.
Please make sure your child has a suitable, named P.E kit in school on a Friday. The kit needs to consist of a white T-shirt or a house colour, black or dark shorts or trainers; plimsolls are not really suitable for outside wear. Track suits or a warm top needed for colder weather.
All children need a named water bottle to keep in the classroom.
Donated boxes of tissues are very welcome and will be used by your child’s class.
Reading books will be changed by the children themselves on a regular basis, they will read in a guided reading group with the class teacher once a week.
Please make sure your child brings their planner into school every day.
If you have any questions or concerns, please, in the first instance approach your child’s class teacher. If they are unable to help, Miss Lake is available as Year leader. We will be using the homework diary as a communication tool with parents as well, so please ask your child to see it each week.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
The Year 4 Team