Welcome to Year 4
Year 4 Chad: Mrs Gaines (formerly Miss Pajic), Miss Patel, Mrs Taherian and Mrs Saliah
Year 4 Vale: Miss Latham, Mr Fenech, Miss Sweet and Mrs Solanki
This term, we will be using ‘Talk for Writing’ as our model for English. Children will learn the features of different text types and then apply these to their very own version. The genres that we will be focusing on during this term will be: horror, fantasy and information texts. Also during English, there will be an emphasis on S.P.A.G (Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar).
In Year 4, reading will take form of Whole Class Reading. Children will read an extract from a book, a short story or information piece and they will learn how to use key reading skills. They will have opportunity to predict, summarise, infer and explain in these sessions, but will work collaboratively as part of a whole class or group. They will also choose a reading book to have on their desks and a story will be read to them by a teacher every day.
It is vital that children read as often as possible when they are at home. We recommend approximately 15 minutes per day with an adult. Please talk to your child about what they are reading, as this will ensure that they really do understand what is happening in the book.
In Chad Vale we use the White Rose syllabus in order to ensure all curriculum areas are covered adequately. Initially when teaching a topic, we will go over any remaining Year 3 skills. Number, place value and calculation will be covered in the first half term along with some other skills and knowledge such as angles.
Finally, there will be a keen emphasis on the use of vocabulary and how it is used by the children to explain or articulate their own thoughts and findings.
By the end of year 4, all children should be able to recall ALL times tables, at speed and we expect to be completing the statutory times table check in the summer term. For this reason, we cannot emphasise enough how important it is to spend approximately 10 minutes per day on learning and remembering them. Children can do this with an adult or independently depending on their needs.
This term, Year 4 will be studying the Ancient Egyptians. Children will be encouraged to examine various artefacts in order to determine what life was really like. They will also have the opportunity to develop their independent learning through a research project. Year 4 children will also use hieroglyphics to decipher and write their own messages. Furthermore, the children will learn about the daily lives of Ancient Egyptians and their beliefs, by using evidence uncovered by archaeologists. Art lessons will also be structured around history and children will make their own Canopic jar made of clay.
In design technology, children will build on their knowledge of moving cards. They will be taught about various levers and pivots with a view to complete a moving Christmas card!
During Science, the children will be studying teeth, the human digestive system and feeding relationships within environments. This leads on to the second part of the term, when we will learn about habitats and the classification of animals.
In Computing, children will make full use of the laptops and iPads to develop their graphic design and research skills.
Computing will be closely linked to their work in Art and History.
On Mondays, all the children will learn how to play either a keyboard or violin. This will continue throughout the term as part of our music partnership with the Music Service.
4 Chad children will need to wear a full PE kit every Tuesday and Friday. 4 Vale children will need a wear full PE kit every Friday. Please ensure their kit is suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities. Swimming will take place on Tuesdays with Vale visiting Harborne pool until October half term. Chad will take over after half term.
All children will be given a homework every week with a maths page and some spellings to learn. We may send some resources home to assist with times tables. You may either keep homework at home or choose to submit to teacher any time of the week.
We are hoping to reinstate some of the lovely Y4 trips this year. Watch this space for more information!
The Year 4 Team
Year 4 Chad Teacher
Year 4 Vale Teacher