Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome back after a sunny half term.
Welcome to the Year 4 page. You will find all of the things you should need to know for the year.
In Year 4 the teachers are Mr Easterbrook and Mrs Martyn. We are supported by Miss Friend and Mrs Stanton, who are our teaching assistants.
Year 4 is a key year and involves the children taking greater responsibility for their own learning. Despite this we are very keen to work together as a partnership, with the children, parents, teachers and school of all working together to help us 'to be the best that we can be'.
Please feel free to contact the Year 4 team if you have something you wish to ask or would like to discuss. We have an open door policy and will see you as soon as possible. Please ask at the office if you would like to see us in person or would like to pass on a message, or catch us in the playground at the end of the day.
The Year 4 Team
PE Kit and days
Year 4 Term overview
We are starting a block of learning based upon poetry. We will be learning the differences between some of the many different types of poetry, before starting to write our own haiku poem, linked to the grounds at Manadon.
We then have a book week, where our focus author in Year 4 will be Lauren Child, the author and illustrator responsible for Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort.
After book week, we return to poetry and will be looking at the different types of concrete poems. We will be creating these poems with the aim of entering them into the Somerset Literacy Network poetry challenge.
In guided reading, we are looking at the fabulous, classic book, Bill's New Frock, by the wonderful Anne Fine. We are looking at the way the characters are described and how the author uses inference to tell us more than is obvious at first.
Regular reading at home is essential. The children should be heard reading aloud at least 3 times per week, even for those children who are free-readers. Discussions between the child and the adult are key to helping to improve and develop their understanding but also allows the children to work on their expression when reading aloud.
Free readers may read anything they like but we would like you to always have a challenging fiction book on the go at all times.
Children on the reading scheme must read their scheme books but can also add any additional reading you have done (non-fiction, magazines, other books etc).
Each child has their own reading record and these need to be completed with three adult signed entries per week, indicating when the child read, what they read and anything that arose from the discussion. If the record has been misplaced or left at school, the entries should be completed on a piece of paper, which can be stuck into the book.
We have given Year 4 access to Oxford Owl and the reading materials within their website. You will have received the login details on the Year 4 Summer newsletter.
Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. We will teach the spellings patterns and rules throughout the week. These are to be found on the spelling section below.
Throughout the week we will ask the children to practise their spellings through handwriting.
Part of the new curriculum expects all children to be joining their handwriting.
We are continuing to focus on fractions to start this half term, quickly linking them to decimals. We will be investigating the link between tenths and hundredths and their decimal place value equivalents. The children will look at comparing and ordering decimals to two decimal places, before linking this to dividing by 10 and 100 to give decimal answers. Later, once these skills are embedded, we will look at applying these skills to measures and real life problems.
Times tables and divison facts
This half term we are focussing on DIVISION facts.
Each week there will a test on Friday, based upon a different pair of tables.
1.3.19 - 2 and 5 times table division facts
8.3.19 - 3 and 4 times table division facts
15.3.19 - 6 and 8 times table division facts
22.3.19 - 7 and 9 times table division facts
29.3.19 - 11 and 12 times table division facts
5.4.19 - All times table division facts
In Year 4, the expectations in maths have changed significantly. ALL children are expected to know their times tables, up to 12x12, by heart and with instant recall, by the end of Year 4. The new curriculum focuses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for multiplication and division, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key skill which they will use throughout their lives.
We are having a huge push on our times tables at the moment as it forms a key part of what we must know to move forwards in our learning. We would really appreciate any help with the learning of this key skill please. If you need some help with suggestions, please see the resources below or come and ask one of the team for some support.
For our RE lessons in Year 4 we study Christianity and Hinduism.
Below is a copy of the units of work we follow and use.