Welcome back! I hope you have had an enjoyable and restful summer break. I am looking forward to teaching your children this year and am confident they will work hard and make good progress. Outlined below is a brief overview of this year’s curriculum.
English will continue to be taught in line with the National Curriculum using a range of English resources, including the Collins Treasure House resource. Lessons will develop and improve your child’s knowledge, understanding and confidence in the four core elements of the English curriculum, speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and grammar. Each week in English, we will cover comprehension, composition, vocabulary, punctuation, grammar and spelling. Over the course of the year a range of different text types will be studied including fiction texts, non-fiction texts, and poetry.
Word and sentence level work will be completed regularly as part of our weekly English lessons and will further develop sentence structure as well as consolidating knowledge and correct use of punctuation.
All work set during English lessons will be differentiated accordingly to meet the needs of your child.
Your child will continue to participate in a weekly guided reading session, where they will read a text as part of a small group or as a class (if a longer text) and answer related questions that will further develop their skills of inference and deduction. Individual reading will also continue with your child reading individually to either myself or a teaching assistant at least once a week. It is expected that all children will continue to read at home each night and that comments relating to reading at home are recorded in their Home/School book.
Reading will continue to be assessed on a regular basis but as your child's reading develops and they begin to access the Y and S bands of books the range of texts to choose from increases and as a result it takes longer to complete each level.
Differentiated spellings will continue to be given weekly and should be practiced daily in a range of contexts. It would be helpful if you would ensure your child is working hard on spelling and can use them in context outside of a spelling test. The ‘look, say, cover, write check strategy’ is still one of the best methods for your children to use when learning their spellings.
Handwriting lessons will continue on a weekly basis, with all of the children working towards earning their Pen Licences.
In line with the National Curriculum for Mathematics, our daily Mathematics lesson will cover mental calculations, multiplication tables, number, shape, space and measures. This terms focus begins with place value and the recognition of numbers up to 10,000 before moving on to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions with continuous work building on problem solving, mental maths skills and multiplication tables. The Collins Busy Ant materials, will be the main resource for our maths work and will be used alongside a varied range of resources to suit the learning needs of your children.
Multiplication tables and division facts should continue to be practiced regularly at home as by the end of Year 4, children should know all the multiplications and division facts for all tables to 12 x 12. Our Mathletics programme will be a great resource to support this work and should be used regularly. Mathletics tasks will be set weekly and will consolidate the work studied in class the previous week.
As a whole school, we follow the “Come and See” programme for Catholic Schools. This term we will be studying the following topics, Domestic Church- People, Baptism/Confirmation – Called and Advent/Christmas – Gifts. We will also be studying two other world faiths during the course of the year. The Class Saint for Year 4 is St. Patrick, whom we have already started learning about.
Computing & E-Safety
This term, Year Four will have the opportunity to use the internet in different ways to create multimedia presentations, develop their research skills, learn how to code and write programs and use monitoring devices. We will be using ICT and digital technology in all subjects to extend and consolidate skills and knowledge. All children will have regular access to our laptops and Ipads. E-Safety will be an important part of the computing curriculum this year
We will be continuing to use the Snap Science scheme to teach all of our science topics this year. These include
Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music
Foundation subjects will be covered through a topic based approach using the schools twinkl scheme of work. In history, year four will study the Ancient Egyptians and World War 2 and in geography, we will find out The Water Cycle and we will compare two cities and beaches. Projects planned for Art and Design Technology skills will be linked to these topics.
In Music, your children will be having a weekly lesson with Mr Clarke and will be learning to play the fife, which is similar to a flute.
We will continue with our weekly French lessons this year, studying conversational skills for different topics and learning more about French culture. There will also be a greater emphasis on reading and writing French.
Homework will continue to be set on a Thursday and should be returned on a Wednesday. It is important this is in on time so I can mark it and prepare the next weeks work. Homework will normally consist of one piece of English work and one piece of Maths, they will further consolidate the work studied during the week in class.
We will continue to assess and monitor your child’s progress throughout the year using age related performance descriptors. Targets will be set for Mathematics and English each term and half-termly assessments in the core subjects will be completed. There is also a formal times tables test at the end of Year 4.
Children will continue to be rewarded for good work, good behaviour, and helpfulness with either house points or merit marks. They will also be able to earn Class Dojo points for their behaviour, work, focus, teamwork and helpfulness. If you have signed up to the Class Dojo app, you will see messages and notifications when work has been uploaded.
Your children also have an opportunity to show their completed work during our weekly KS2 ‘Good Work Assembly.’ Children who have produced exemplary work will be chosen to display and present their work in class on our class ‘WOW Wall’ or on the ‘Work of the Week’ board displayed in the school foyer.
If you have any questions, worries or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to speak to me at the end of the school day or make an appointment to see me through the school office.