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Year 4

Welcome to Year Four!
This term we are learning about: 
Misty Mountains, Winding Rivers
This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them.
Who will help me with my learning? 
Class Teacher (CT): Mr Hulcoop-Searle
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA): Mrs. Norris
KS2 Teaching Assistants (TA) : Mrs Symons and Mrs Lonie
Home Learning
Reading -  daily ; AR quizzes on completion of books
Spelling - Practise your spelling words for the week at least twice per week using joined handwriting. 
Maths - MyMaths (complete weekly)
Timestables - Play TTrockstars for 5 minutes every day.
Topic - Complete one or more activities from the learning ideas menu linked to our termly topic, and upload your work to MS Teams, or bring it into class to share.
When do I need to wear my PE kit?
Every Tuesday
Come to school in your PE kit: white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers
In cold weather: black joggers and a sweatshirt
Please ensure all kit is clearly labelled.
Year 4  Information for Parents 
In Year 4 we are using the Accelerated Reader (AR) books.  Children will complete a reading test which will give an AR level. Children pick their book at their level from the school library. When children have read their books and feel confident to answer questions about the plot, characters and their likes/dislikes, they take an AR quiz. The quiz will give the child the next AR level to take - it can move up, down or stay the same.

In  school, the children  will learn comprehension skills using a high-quality whole class guided reading programme, increase their reading fluency through daily practice, listen to high-quality books read by an adult every day and read for pleasure.

Reading fluency is an essential pre-requisite to reading comprehension once children have a sound knowledge of phonics. Children should be able to read quickly and accurately with good intonation and phrasing so that their attention can focus on comprehension and meaning.

What are the main topics this year? 
  • Invasion (History)
  • Misty Mountains, Winding River (Geography)
  • Ancient Civilisations (History)
Daily maths lessons are taught in small steps using the NCETM scheme of learning.  We provide children with practical equipment to secure their understanding of each small step. As they develop as mathematicians, they are expected to use both pictorial and written methods as outlined in our whole school calculation policy. To help children succeed in maths, there is a strong focus on developing maths fluency and arithmetic skills.

Fluency is promoted through IT programs such as TT Rockstars as well as daily fluency sessions. This allows children to monitor their own progress, motivate themselves and practice essential elements. By being fluent and developing automaticity, pupils spend more time learning to reason with complex maths questions. 


You can support your child at home: 

  • In year 4, the children need to be secure in their knowledge of 3, 4 & 8 times tables- use TT rockstars to practice multiplication and division. 
  • Encourage maths learning in fun ways e.g. cooking, play shop keeping, using songs for timetables etc  
How can I access Microsoft Teams?