Year 4 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Year 4
Year 4 is a key year in building the skills of independence, collaboration and perseverance which will drive the education of children throughout their academic career.
By the end of year, children should be able to read with increasing independence, showing accurate and speedy use of phonic decoding. Comprehension skills are growing more important, developing children’s vocabulary and increasing their depth and knowledge of a range of literature, both fiction and non-fiction.
In addition to this, children’s writing should be increasingly interesting and imaginative, displaying a firm grasp of sentence punctuation and grammar. Children should be able to use appropriate terminology. We work particularly on developing children’s skills as a writer, through reading as a writer, encouraging a wide range of vocabulary and genre appropriate structures. We expect all handwriting to be joined and legible with children able to write with increasing speed. Spelling of common words should be accurate and we expect children to apply their phonic knowledge to spell longer trickier words.
In Maths, by the end of year 4, children should be able to read, write and order numbers beyond 1000, having a firm understanding of place value. We expect children to know by heart their times tables up to 12 times tables, and the related division facts. Children should be able to use all four calculations to solve problems up to and beyond 4 digit numbers, using formal written methods. They must be able to use and apply their knowledge in other situations. They will apply these skills throughout measures, shape and space concepts.
We are all excited to begin the new academic year with a full, fun-packed curriculum and have organised a range of exciting activities for your child to enjoy.
Some Year 4 Events
Class 4A have been researching why we have Remembrance day and decided to create a class display to show their respect for all that was involved. We have used see through black material as a metaphor for those that have fallen. The transparency represents ghost-like figures but the silhouette represents those that are still with us. We also wanted to include the animals as they were such a key part during the war.
Homework / PE days / Swimming Days
Homework is given out every Friday and consists of Maths, English, basic skills including timetables and spelling homework. At the end of every term, your child will be expected to complete a learning log preparing for the next topic.
P.E is on a Wednesday and a Thursday. Children are expected to have a full P.E. kit in school, consisting of; a white t-shirt, black leggings/shorts/sweatpants, black pumps and trainers plus a tracksuit top/sweatshirt for outside P.E.
For swimming girls require a one-piece costume, swimming cap and towel. Boys must have trunks (not shorts), swimming cap and towel.
Please remember that long hair must be tied back and no jewellery can be worn.
Trips in year 4 include: Blue Planet Aquarium to learn about the Earth’s ocean life and Yorvik to compliment their Viking studies. As a portal to the past, a Roman immerses children in Roman times and a poet supports our poetry focus.