Welcome to Year 4
Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations
With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.
Below you will find the expectations for Year 3 and Year 4 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.
As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent's evenings during the year.
The following terms will be used:
· Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.
· Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .
· Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations.
Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly
Year 4 Autumn term
Welcome back to school! I hope that you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday. Below is an outline of what we will be covering this term in Year 4.
Creation and the story of Abraham to Joseph
Children will hear and learn about some important stories from the Old Testament about creation, Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Joseph. They will explore what it means for human beings to be made in the image and likeness of God and how to respect this in other people.
Jesus teaches us how to pray
Children will understand Jesus’ relationship with God through prayer. They will also know the prayers that Jesus taught his friends and understand their significance.
Advent and Christmas
Children will be able to place the first coming of Jesus in a historical context and learn of his ancestors. They will also study the role of the angels in the story of Christmas and revisit the Church’s celebrations.
The first half of the term we will focus on developing descriptive language and how it can be effectively used to create a mood or atmosphere. We will also explore how different settings affect the behaviour of the characters in a story. We will look at stories with familiar settings and plan to write our own longer stories, using paragraphs and description for effect. Later in the term, we will look at imaginative stories.
Children will also be looking at and writing information and explanation texts linking with their topic work. They will understand key features to include that suit this style of writing. We will be looking at a range of poetry throughout the term.
Ongoing teaching and learning throughout this and every term will include:
*Grammar and punctuation
*Reading and comprehension skills
In maths this term, the children will be looking at the following strands:
Arithmetic – Calculate maths stories combining all four operations including mixed numbers, fractions, decimals and negative numbers.
Geometry – Draw an image in a vertical, horizontal or oblique mirror line on a set of axes and accurately draw angles using a protractor.
Data and Measure – Read metric prefixes and convert between units of measure, compare metric units and find the area and volume of shapes.
Reasoning – Read and write numbers that go beyond a million, understand powers of ten and deduce and write division and multiplication maths stories for higher digit numbers.
Science this term will be taught by specialist science teacher; Mr Hankin. The focus for the first half of this term will be ‘Animals including humans’. Children will describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system, identify different types of teeth and their uses and construct and interpret a wide variety of food chains.
Following this unit, children will move on to learning about Electricity. Here they will identify common appliances that run on electricity and construct a simple series electrical circuit; naming its basic parts. They will learn about how simple series circuits work and about the components required.
This term, Year 4 will be exploring the life of the Ancient Egyptians. The children will use a range of artefacts to help understand how Egyptians lived.
The children will:
*Understand what was important to people during Ancient Egyptian times
*Learn about the different Egyptian Gods and their power
*Explore the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the process of mummification
*Understand the use of hieroglyphics as a form of communication
*Complete an architectural study of the pyramids as part of our Art & Design work
The children will go swimming on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child brings their swimming kit each week.
The children will also have a PE lesson with a PE specialist on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name. Children may bring plain, burgundy tracksuit bottoms during the colder months.
Children will continue to use the computers thinking about developing some simple coding skills. They will also discuss staying safe on the internet, understand the benefits of online services and use different computer programmes to present their own research and information.
Children will be learning some simple French words and phrases this year to allow them to have basic conversations with their peers. They will learn about the French culture and about where in the world the French language is spoken.
Music lessons will take place on a Wednesday afternoon. Children will play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. Later in the term, children will learn traditional Christmas carols and have fun trying to create their own Christmas songs!
Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school with a completed homework the following Monday. Children will be given a piece of English and a piece of Maths homework to complete each week to consolidate what we have been learning in class.
Please continue to practise times tables at home – these will be tested on a Thursday.
Please try and listen to your child read every night for at least ten minutes.
Children’s reading progress will be monitored on an individual level and during focused guided reading sessions.
Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary once they have been read. Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their diaries.
Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested on a Friday. Please encourage your child to practise these as often as possible.
If you have any resources or expertise in any of our topics, please let us know as we are always happy to try to include these invaluable opportunities to enrich our curriculum.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if ever you should need to via the school office where an appointment can be made
Miss Downie Mrs Wilcox
Class Teacher Teaching and Learning Support