Welcome to Year 4!
Thank you to all of you who were able to attend the parent meeting about Slapton.
We hope that you came away with enough information and that we answered any questions you might have had.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to catch one of us in the playground, or send a message via the office.
Please ensure that you complete and return the medical consent forms ASAP so that we can make sure that we are aware of any of the needs of our children. Spare copies are available from the office or by asking us in class.
Thank you again,
The Year 4 team.
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 Coulton. We are supported by Miss Friend and Miss Gee, 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
The Slapton Residetial meeting will be on FRIDAY 11th OCTOBER at 2:30.
We will explain the structure of the residential and the equipmenrt needed. This will give you half term to be able to organise anything that is needed.
PE Kit and days
Year 4 Term overview
We are currently using the brilliantly illustrated book, 'Stone Age Boy' written and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. The story involves a young boy who falls down a hole and is transported back in time to the Stone Age. It teaches the children about the kinds of activities that would be common in Stone Age life.
In guided reading, we are looking at reading skills and the fluency of the children when reading aloud. This skill is key to be embedded as it will allow better access to the kinds of texts that we will be working on this year and beyond.
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. This wonderful resource has a small range of texts and extracts that the children can read on a digital screen, choosing to read the text themselves, or allowing the text to be read to them and for them to follow along. This is a useful resource if your child has forgotten their reading book, or if you would like a different text to one that you have already.
Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested on the following Thursday. 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 curriculum expects all children to be joining their handwriting.
We keep the children's best handwriting on their tables so that they are always trying to improve their work to be the best that it can be.
Our initial focus will be based around place value and number represenations. This will involve looking at be able to read and write any number to 10,000, both in numbers and words. This skill is something that is always tested during assessments. We will be looking at how numbers can be represented not just as numbers and words, but also as pictures, images, objects and other practical representations.
Times tables facts
This year will be the first year group that must be assessed on their times table fact knowledge. As a school, we piloted the process in the last academic year. Our pupils performed incredibly well and this was in main due to regular learning at home of the tables, either through playing the TTRockstars app or by repeated questioning by others. Both can be a fun way to learn and enhance the knowledge of the tables, making all of their maths skills much quicker and accurate.
All children have been provided with their own TTRockstars username and password. It would be helpful if they could learn these so that they can use them at home, but also in school, where we will be using the app to keep our skills topped up.
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.