Welcome to Year 4
Mr Patankar (Teacher)
Mrs Clarke (Teaching Assistant)
I am sure you might be wondering how your child can stay up-to-date with their education during time off school. It is not easy and our mission is to make sure your child has the key essentials to succeeding in these unusual times. I am pleased to say, I have put together a list of websites that your child can use at home to help them stay on top of their education.
- https://www.mymaths.co.uk/subscribe.html (This can be accessed through a free trial)
English, Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation:
Please make sure your child has made an account on read theory & get epic websites!
Year 4 class code for read theory: S363RKVK
Year 4 class code for get epic: rgd0182
History & Geography (Topic):
Art & Design:
- Be creative, use scrap resources around the house to design your own invention e.g. use lollypop sticks to create a building or anything else!
As your child’s teacher, as a school, as a community we will never give up on children’s access to education. I want to say thank you for your support & understanding during these tough times. You are more than welcome to contact me during school hours should you have any further questions.
Mr Patankar (Year 4 Teacher)
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
Our big question for Y4:
Are we stronger if we are together?
This question will continue to feed into our work and focus to help us gain a deeper understanding of the value of others in the world we live in.
Spring Term Question:
Where have people come from to make modern Britain a feast of cultures?
History/Geography: This term, we are looking at locating countries and comparing and contrasting them to Britain’s makeup. We are also looking at the 8 points of the compass & grid references to build an understanding of the UK and the wider world and describing key features and facts of countries/locations studied. As young geographers and historians we are investigating the life of locals and also looking at patterns of migration for example, why people leave their homes who may experience push and pull factors.
Maths: This term we are learning multiplication and division (Spring 1), measurement, fractions and decimals (Spring 2). OUR TARGET IS TO LEARN ALL OF OUR TIMESTABLES IN PREPARATION FOR THE END OF YEAR TEST – please continue to use timetable rockstars to prepare for this!
We are learning to grow an awareness of on-fiction texts by: Support ideas/judgements with evidence, using a range of adjectives and conjunctions to extend sentences, completing various drafts before writing for a non-fictional purpose, order and write instructions using expanded noun phrases, read and retrieve key information and make simple additions, revisions and proof-read to make corrections to my writing.
Science: This term we are learning about diet and digestion.
We will be describing the functions of the basic parts of the digestive system. We will also understand the differences between the diets of herbivores and carnivores and be able to explain what a healthy and a damaging diet looks like. We will draw links to how our diets affect the environment we live in.
Religious Education: This term we are studying the Gospel from understanding Christianity. We are thinking about the question ‘What world did Jesus want?’ Within this we are studying stories from Jesus’ teaching and applying this to our modern world. For example, we will learn the story of the blind man, the good Samaritan and more to understand how we can apply Jesus’ loving and caring approach to today’s world.
Physical Education: Our PE day is on Monday. All children need a PE kit in school – It helps if all items and pump bags are named.
Music: Guitar lessons are on Tuesday in the school hall and we are using Charanga as part of our music lessons.
French: Our focus this term is on learning primary and secondary colours in French – please ensure you practice this by using the knowledge organiser
Reading/Spellings: I will send home spellings every week for our weekly test. Please ensure you are listening to your child read at home which is crucial for the accelerated reading programme used in school to track pupils’ progress in reading. At home, please ensure your child is signing their reading record. Every child in our class now has a new accelerated reading book based on their level of reading. This is updated when your child has read their book and completed a mini quiz at school online.
Art & Design Technology: We are focusing on a variety of mediums to make sure pupils have the chance to explore and experiment their creativity through drawings, crayons, paints, chalk and more. The syllabus for Art and DT is broad and exciting but relates to the wider curriculum pupils are learning for them to make broad and deep connections to their work. E.g. pupils will design their own Anglo-Saxon villages (DT), prepare and cook their own menu (food DT) and focus on the work of British artists such as David Hockney and Antony Gormely.
I hope the information shown above is helpful. Whether it be borrowing dictionaries, books or seeing extra resources off me to support your child’s learning at home, please do not hesitate to speak with me before or after school.
Community, Compassion, Achievement
Finally, can I just take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support.