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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In our school we value and respect every person as a child of God, as we grow together in faith, and love."

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

End of Year Expectations Year 4

 

In English, we will be starting our term by focusing on the book Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley. As we read the book we will be engaging in numerous activities before the children write in a similar style using their own creativity. Guided reading sessions will take place each day, children will engage in discussions about different texts and complete comprehension activities to improve their understanding.

 

 

 

In Maths we will be continuing with our daily practice which incorporates a range of arithmetic questions. Math work is split between Arithmetic, Geometry, Data and Measure and Reasoning. Children will be learning about money, perimeter, length and area, position and direction and statistics. Furthermore, we will be focusing on our times tables so continue to practice these as much as possible.

 

RE will continue to be split between Miss and Naden and Mrs Wilkin. RE work this term will look at the following:

  • Easter
  • Pentecost
  • Old Testament: Moses – King David
  • Special Roles and Responsibilities

 

Science will continue to be taught by Mrs Johnson and Miss Naden. We will begin with ‘Living things and their habitats’, children will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things and discover how the changes to habitats can pose dangers. Then we will move on to look at the topic ‘Electricity’.

 

Our topic this term will have a Geography focus where we will explore a contrasting European Location in France with a local town in Staffordshire. Also, we will be exploring the Tour de France as part of our topic by following the route and learning about famous cyclists who have completed the Tour de France.

 

In Art we will be studying the artist Monet. We will be learning about his life and work and creating our own pieces of art in his style.

 

In Music this term we will be learning about the history of Western Classical Music by listening to lots of different pieces by important composers. We will be moving on to having a go at learning Gospel music by singing and playing instruments.

 

PE will continue to be taught by ASM on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that children have the necessary PE kit at school. On Mondays we will be carrying on with our Swimming lessons.

 

Computing will continue to be taught by Mrs Ottley on a Friday morning.

 

This term, class 4 will have language lessons by Mrs Fountain. Children will continue to explore French words and phrases surrounding specific topics.

 

Homework, Reading and Spellings

 

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 will be changed as necessary. Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their diaries which we will also use for any form of communication between teachers and parents.

 

Homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and returned to school with 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.

Spellings will go home on a Thursday and be tested a week later.

Year 4 Trip to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

 

RE

RE will be split between Miss and Naden and Mrs Wilkin. RE work this term will look at the following:

• Creation and the story of Abraham

• Jesus teaches us how to pray

• Advent

• Christmas

 

English

In English, we will be starting our term by focusing on stories in familiar settings. We will be linking English to our Topic of Ancient Egypt by reading The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. As we read the story, we will be engaging in numerous activities, including reading comprehensions before the children write in a similar style using their own creativity.

Maths

We will be working from the Maths Makes Sense scheme. Maths work is split between the following areas Arithmetic, Geometry, Data & Measure and Reasoning.

Children will be learning about calculating fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, drawing and labelling angles, reading, writing and converting metric units and solving word problems.

Science

In our first topic ‘Animals including humans’ we will be focusing on the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth.

Our second topic, ‘Living things and their habitats’ will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things.

 

Reading

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 will be changed as necessary. Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their diaries which we will also use for any form of communication between teachers and parents.

 

Topic

This term, we will be exploring the history of Ancient Egypt. We will look at Egyptology, Egyptian life, mummies, Tutankhamun, Egyptian language and Egyptian gods. We will study the River Nile and the features of Egypt as part of our Geography work and as part of our art and design and technology work, we will be looking at Egyptian art, architecture and sculptures and creating our own pieces in a similar way.

Languages

Children will be learning some simple French words and phrases and we will be focusing on themes surrounding the titles ‘All Around Town’ and ‘On the Move’.

Computing

Children will be taught by specialist computing teacher, Mrs Ottley, on a Friday morning.

 

PE

The children will have two PE lessons a week. One will be taught by PE specialists from ASM Sports on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

 

Music

In music, children will be learning about the song Mamma Mia by Abba. We will be looking at the song structure and how it was written to further our understanding. We will then be moving on to prepare for our Christmas show.

 

Homework and Spellings

Homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and returned to school with 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. Spellings will go home on a Monday and tested on a Tuesday.

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Please continue to practise times tables at home – these will be tested on a Thursday. They are very important and have a huge impact on our work completed in maths lessons.

 

If you have any queries, concerns, ideas or additional resources that that could support the learning in year 4, please come and have a chat. I am always on the playground at the end of the day.

 

 

Curriculum Map Year 4

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

RE

4A: Creation & the story of Abraham

4B: Jesus teaches us how to pray

4C: Advent

4D: Christmas

4G: Lent: Living as followers of Jesus today

4H: Holy Week

4E: Jesus: Light of the world and beloved Son

4K: Sharing in the life of Christ

4I: Easter

4J: Pentecost

4F: Old Testament: Moses – King David

4L: Special Roles and Responsibilities

English

Stories in familiar settings.

Instructions and Explanations

Image Poems

 

Imaginative Stories

Information Texts

Poetic Form – Syllabic poems

 

Myths and Legends

Persuasive Writing

Narrative Poems

Fairy Stories and Play scripts

Non-chronological Reports

List poems and kennings

 

Fiction with an element of fantasy

Information Texts

Nonsense Poems

Stories with Humour

Odes and Insults (Poems)

Chronological Reports

Maths

 

MMS Block 1 and 2

 

 

 

MMS Block 3 and 4

 

MMS Block 5 and 6

Science

Animals, including humans (Teeth, eating and digestion)

Living things and their habitats (grouping and simple classifying/ changes to habitats can pose dangers)

Sound

States of matter

Electricity

 

History

 

Ancient Egypt

 

 

Anglo Saxons

 

 

Geography

 

Features of Egypt

 

 

 

 

Contrasting European Location… Tour de France

Art

 

 

 

Textures that convey feelings,

expression or movement.

Monet

 

Design and technology

 

 

Anglo Saxon House

 

Rocket Car Project

Computing

Myths and legends - Robin Hood

To use search technologies

effectively and be discerning

in evaluating digital content.

Science fiction

 

 

To understand computer

networks and the

opportunities they offer

for communication and

collaboration.

Dragons

 

 

To design, write and debug

programs that accomplish

specific goals, including

controlling or simulating

physical systems; solve

problems by decomposing

them into smaller parts;

use sequence and repetition

in programs; use logical

reasoning to explain how

some simple algorithms work

and to detect and correct

errors in algorithms and

programs.

Norman's Bayeux Tapestry

 

To select, use and combine

a variety of software

(including internet services)

to create a range of content

that accomplish given

goals, including collecting

and presenting data and

information.

Jaqueline Wilson

 

 

To use technology safely,

respectfully and responsibly.

To select, use and combine

a variety of software

(including internet services)

on a range of digital devices

to design and create a range

of programs, systems and

content that accomplish

given goals, including

collecting, analysing,

evaluating and presenting

data and information.

Rainforest

 

 

To design, write and debug

programs that accomplish

specific goals, including

controlling or simulating

physical systems; solve

problems by decomposing

them into smaller parts;

use sequence and repetition

in programs; use logical

reasoning to explain how

some simple algorithms work

and to detect and correct

errors in algorithms and

programs.

PE

Invasion Games

 

Gymnastics

Dance

Invasion Games

Net / Wall

Athletics

Music

Mamma Mia (song structure)

Christmas Show

Glockenspiel

Benjamin Britten (Classical, Folk, Jazz)

Lean on me (Gospel)

History of Music (Western Classical)

MFL

All Around Town

On the Move

Going Shopping

Where in the World

What’s the Time?

Holidays & Hobbies

 

 

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

Suggested Books for Year 4

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