Welcome to Year 4!
Fantastic Mr Fox - Instalment Number 4
Please visit our year 4 blog for my latest instalment of Fantastic Mr Fox. This is probably the second to last instalment. I so hope you have enjoyed it.
Year 4 Blog - THANK YOU!!!!
Thank you to everyone who has been emailing your examples of your learning to Mr E and Mrs C! We are putting as much as we can online. We've loved seeing what you're doing.
NOW - Can you please comment on the work of other children please? Let them know what you like about their work. This works best if everyone gets involved!
Mr E & Mrs C
Year 4 Tudor Day
Thank you for your fabulous participation in our Tudor Day! We loved seeing you dressed up and doing some of the activities.
Mr E & Mrs C
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
PE Kit and days
Year 4 Term overview
We are currently using the amazing book 'TheWizard, The Ugly and the Book of Shame' by Pablo Bernasco. The book looks at the life of a wizard's helper, Chancery, and his journey of acceptance. He is called the Ugly by the villagers and the book looks at how he comes to deal with being happy with who he is.
In guided reading, we are reading 'Bill's New Frock' by Anne Fine, and continuing to develop 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.
The main focus for this half term is fractions and decimals. We begin by learning about equivalent fractions and the many ways in which we can find them, before progressing to looking at finding fractions of amounts.
Later, we make the link to decimals, mainly tenths and then hundredths. Lots of the learning will begin with using physical objects, before starting to use images and then abstract methods.
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.