Hello! Welcome to the Year 4 class page!
I am thrilled to be teaching your child and I am looking forward to working on some very exciting things over the coming year. I hope the information shown below is helpful and if you have any other questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak with me before or after school.
Mr Patankar, Year 4 class teacher
Supporting at home
It would be wonderful if you could talk with your child as often as possible at home about making positive choices and discussing what they want to achieve each day. Also, reading with them for 15 – 20 minutes every night and discussing the book is extremely beneficial: this helps children enjoy reading more and gives them experience with a range of texts and a wider range of vocabulary. Finally, a big target for Year 4 is to learn all of their times tables. By the end of Year 4, children need to know ALL of their times tables. They have been given a times tables rockstars password so they can practise using this fantastic ‘app’ whenever they get a chance.
Children also have termly homework challenges and we ask that children try and do several of these tasks at home in order to support their Organising our week..
PE is on Monday – please make sure children’s PE kits are in school on this day
In English we are using strange and mysterious creatures to write persuasive texts. We will be exploring the concept of an argument and at times be lawyers defending this wrongly accused and innocent creatures. The children will use rhetorical questions, modal verbs, formal tone and conjunctions to express their opinions in a structured text.
In Maths, we will work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – the four operations. We will apply these arithmetic skills to various puzzles and problems to demonstrate our reasoning skills.
Science this term is called Wired ” We will be investigating electricity and helping Eric the electrician with his work. . We will explore the concept of circuits, conductors, insulators and electrical dangers.
In History we will study the Anglo Saxon invasion of Britain and how that affected the way the Britons lived.
Art will draw on the influence of the Anglo Saxons. We will design and make shields.
In Religious Education we will be focusing on people of God. We will look at individuals who followed God’s dictates such as Noah and Abraham.
At home, please continue to read as often as possible with your children. After all, reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Also, please practise times tables with your child as much as you can as children need to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10x tables by the end of year 3 and are expected to know all of their timetables by the end of Year 4.
I will send home spellings every week for our weekly test and children are encouraged to take as much maths facts passport homework home as they wish each week. The more they practise their maths skills, the more progress they will make.
Finally, can I just take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support?