Year 4

A very warm welcome from Ms Varga.

Year 4 is the year of consolidation; the children will build upon and strengthen the foundations in learning they have laid previously. During this year, the children will be expected to become even more independent and self-motivated learners. They will be given lots of opportunities to develop these areas, whilst still having fun!

I look forward to continuing to work closely with parents to help the children achieve this.

Religion

Until November, we are focusing on the “ Year of Mercy” throughout the school.  More information about each RE Unit is on the overview below.

English

Reading

Reading records and reading books are checked daily by Mr Reid or myself before Guided Reading sessions. We provide opportunities for the children to change their reading books after checking that the records are signed. Children are expected to read at home regularly.

Guided reading – every child is heard read at least once a week. Although reading ability and enjoyment continues to be important, we will be focusing on developing inference.

Please support your child by asking questions about their reading and hearing them read or read together.

Spelling

Spellings are given to the children on Friday as part of their weekly Home Learning task. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context. Spellings are based on the RWI school scheme with weekly sound patterns, technical words, personal errors such as common words, homophones. The children are then tested on these words the following Friday.

Please support your child in learning the rules and patterns, extending them by looking at other words with the same patterns, using them in writing tasks and developing dictionary skills. All spelling lists should be kept in the children’s Home Learning folders.

Handwriting & Pace

Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace. Please use the handwriting policy as guidance to letter formation.

Maths

Please ensure that children practise mental maths regularly at home to build up their skills in number sense, recall of number facts and their ability to manipulate number mentally. It is best to keep practices short and as much fun as possible.

P.E.

Wednesdays and Fridays. Please ensure full PE kit is in school on these days. It is not hygienic for girls to do PE in tights, so please make sure they have an extra pair of socks in their kit. On dry winter days children will do P.E. outdoors. For those lessons children can have a tracksuit bottom and top, also hats and gloves. However no scarves for safety reasons.

Home Learning

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It is due back the following Tuesday. In the case that a project has been set, the children will get longer to complete. All Home Learning should be kept in the Home Learning folders. It is vital that Home Learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class.

In order to keep you in touch with your child’s learning, all Home Learning tasks are to be signed. Feel free to write any comments.

If your child has a specific target such as handwriting, punctuation, vocabulary, please remind them before they start and then to check over at the end. Children may require adult support with home learning in Year 4, particularly with personal targets, so please support your child as necessary.

Dates for your diary

Vincentian Mass- OLSV Tuesday, 27th September

Parent Consultations: Wednesday, 5th October, Wednesday, 12th October

One World Week: starting 17th October (Japan)

Harvest Assembly: Friday, 21st October

Class trip to the British Museum: Tuesday, 1st November

Class Mass: Wednesday, 9th November

Advent Service: (AllKS2) Tuesday, 8th December at OLSV 7.00pm

Curriculum Overview for Year 4

Resources