Class Teachers: Catriona Burrows, Amy Gowan and Emel Ali
In Year 4 we plan lots of interesting cross-curricular activities to help children to learn. This enables them to research and learn about themes in depth which generates high levels of interest and enjoyment. We try to provide opportunities for children to go on trips and have school-based work shops as we believe this helps to reinforce their learning and create enthusiasm about their topic. In Year 4 it is important for children to develop their independence and resilience in order to prepare them for upper juniors and beyond.
Year 4 Teaching Team
|Year Group Leader||Catriona Burrows|
|Teaching assistant||Ikran Daud|
|Class Teachers||Catriona Burrows (Rowan Class )|
|Amy Gowan (Mulberry Class )|
|Emel Ali (Oak Class)|
Curriculum / Learning
Our School Values for this academic year are: Cooperation (Autumn 1), Empathy (Autumn 2), Fairness (Spring 1), Forgiveness (Spring 2), Kindness (Summer 1) and Loyalty (Summer 2).
Year 4 follows the Department for Education’s National Curriculum Framework and provides broad and balanced teaching opportunities which promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Termly Class Letter To Parents and Carers
School Trip Letter
The National Curriculum
Mathematics teaching in Year 4 (Lower Key Stage 2) is designed to develop pupil knowledge so that they become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – number facts and the concept of place value. Pupils are expected to develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. Additionally in Year 4 the programme of study requires pupils to draw shapes accurately and to develop mathematical reasoning so that they can recognise and analyse their properties.
Pupils are also expected to have developed their ability to solve a range of problems, including: simple fractions, decimal place value, memorise their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 times multiplication table, read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently and show precision and fluency in their work.
Helpful Websites to practise times tables.
Access to age-appropriate resources from London Grid for Learning ( including Purplemash)
Year 4 Mathematics Programme of Study
- Number – place value/addition/subtraction/multiplication/division/fractions/decimals
- Geometry – properties of shape/position/direction
In Year 4 the expectation is that pupils will be able to read accurately and at a speed that facilates them to focus on understanding what they are reading, rather than on decoding individual words. Teaching will be directed towards developing our readers’ vocabulary and the breadth and depth of their reading, creating independent, fluent and enthusiastic readers who read widely and frequently.
In Year 4 we will be consolidating our pupil’s writing skills, their vocabulary and their grasp of sentence structure. Pupils will build on what they have already learnt, particularly in terms of the range of their writing, grammar, vocabulary and narrative structures. Joined writing is accepted as the norm and pupils are expected to write fast enough to keep pace with what they want to say. Pupil’s spelling of common words should be correct, including common exception words (see below) and other words they have learnt.
Year 4 English Programme of Study
- Reading – word/comprehension
- Writing – transcription/handwriting/composition/vocabulary/grammar/punctuation
The main focus of science teaching in Year 4 (Lower Key Stage 2) is to broaden our pupil’s scientific view of the world around them by exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and exploring the relationships between living things and familiar environments. The key scientific enquiry skills that are expected are: observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out fair tests and finding things out through secondary sources of information.
Year 4 Science Programme of Study
- Scientific Enquiry
- Living things and their habitats
- Animals including humans
- States of matter
The following subjects: Art and Design, Design and Technology (D&T), Geography, History, Computing, French (MFL), Music, Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)/Citizenship are taught within exciting topic lessons over the academic year.
Topics are driven by different subjects (e.g. History and Religious Education). All foundation subjects will be taught through this cross-curricular approach providing the different disciplines with a practical learning context. Each new topic commences with a planned ‘launch’. Launches may be a workshop, a school trip, a visitor/guest/parent presenting to the year group, the sampling of international foods/dance and/or opportunities to celebrate cultural/religious festivals.
For a more comprehensive overview of the national curriculum use the link for our Curriculum page.
To continue to enjoy French songs and stories introduced in class, please follow this hyperlink (by clicking on the following underlined words) of the Rhodes Avenue Primary Pinterest page. Please ask an adult to create a free Pinterest account for you to be able to access it and explore the different boards under adult supervision.
Yr4 songs and stories are found on this Pinterest board.
The suggested sites also exist as applications on Androids and Macs.
Topics we are Teaching this Year
Discover all the topics by downloading the Year 4 curriculum map.
Skills that we are Teaching this Year
To discover the Foundation Subject Skills we will be teaching within the topics download the skills matrix below:
- Monday 8:55 Junior Choir (Witham Hall)
- Thursday 9:00 am Boy Band (Music room)
- Friday 2.30pm Orchestra (Witham Hall)
Remember that it is a 8:45 start for swimming on Fridays.
- Autumn Term 4 CB
- Spring Term 4 EA
- Summer Term 4 AG