Class Teachers: Catriona Burrows, Jette Rayner, Amy Gowan
Our School Values for this academic year are: Co-operation (Autumn 1), Empathy (Autumn 2), Forgiveness (Spring 1), Fairness (Spring 2), Kindness (Summer 1) and Loyalty (Summer 2).
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 Leader||Catriona Burrows|
|Rowan Class Teacher (4CB)||Catriona Burrows|
|Mulberry Class Teacher (4AG)||Amy Gowan|
|Oak Class Teacher (4JR)||Jette Rayner|
|Teaching Assistants||Marian St Guillaume|
|Specialist Teacher||Rosie Sawyer (Art)|
|Specialist Teacher||Nadine Chadier (French)|
|Sports Coach||Adem Ali|
Curriculum / Learning
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.
Our teaching of British Values and the School’s own core values supports our pupils to develop empathy, consideration, kindness and mutual respect for different cultures, societies and religions and understand the importance of the rule of law and democracy.
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.
Year 4 Mathematics Programme of Study
- Number – place value/addition/subtraction/multiplication/division/fractions/decimals
- Geometry – properties of shape/position/direction
Helpful websites to practise maths at home:
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
Throughout the year, your children will be able to learn through the various topics which form our Creative Curriculum. Each topic will be driven by different subjects (e.g. History and Religious Education) thus all subjects will be taught in a cross-curricular fashion, this means that each subject will at some point be taught within a topic which will provide it with a practical learning context.
Every new topic commences with a planned ‘launch’, this may be a workshop, a visitor/guest/parent presenting to Year 4, a national dance or cultural/religious celebration and/or sampling national foods.
This year our topics will be:
Autumn 1 – Amazing Africa
Autumn 2 – Hinduism
Spring 1 – Raging Romans
Spring 2 – Good to be Green
Summer 1 – Great Expectations
Summer 2 –London 360
Physical Education sessions
- Class 4AG Monday and Friday
- Class 4CB Tuesdays and Friday;
- Class 4JR Wednesday
It is essential that children have their PE kits in school everyday.
Swimming classes need to arrive at school at 8:45 am
- Class 4JR Autumn Term;
- Class 4AG Spring Term;
- Class 4CB Summer Term.
- Monday 8:55 Junior Choir
- Mondays at 14:30 pm Orchestra
- Thursday at 9:00 am Boy Band
Children should be in the junior playground lined up and ready at 8.55am. Please remember not to enter the school building before this time.
|9:00||Registration and start of the school day|
|15:30||End of the school day|