Beech Tree Class - Year 4
Year 4 Beech is taught by Mr Kyriacou with support from Miss Sanderson and Miss Hanna. Below you'll find some essential tips for helping your child make brilliant progress. We're looking forward to a fantastic year of learning!
Curriculum overview: Autumn 2021
- Topic: We’ll be learning about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons… beginning with a trip to the Viking village of Danelaw at Murton Park!
- English: Myths and legends, information texts, newspaper reports, recounts, stories with a familiar setting. Our class reader will be the brilliant ‘James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl.
- Maths: Number and place value; using efficient strategies for addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; using known facts and skills to solve real life problems.
- Science: Working scientifically; animals and humans.
- Computing: Using Purple Mash to understand online safety, effective searching and email.
- Music: Three Little Birds, improvisation, Christmas songs.
- Art & DT: Artwork linked to Vikings and Anglo-Saxons topic.
- History: Developing chronology and enquiry skills through the study of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.
- Geography: Using maps and globes to develop core geographical knowledge.
- PE: Badminton (Fisical sports coach) and swimming (Year 4 only).
- RE: How are important events remembered in ceremonies?
- PSHE: Me and my relationships; Valuing difference.
- French: All About Me (classroom instructions, clothes, colours, actions, my body).
This year, alongside the school curriculum we plan to focus on...
- Reading for pleasure – sharing book tips with our friends and discovering new favourite writers.
- Becoming more resilient by taking risks with our learning – both inside and outside the classroom (e.g. through school trips).
- Reflecting on our work and learning from our mistakes (FAIL = First Attempt In Learning!).
- Learning our times tables.
- Improving our handwriting.
MATHS: Hit the Button, TT Rockstars and Mathletics are all fabulous websites. Quickfire mental maths is one of the areas that has been hardest hit by the lockdown, so any extra addition / subtraction or multiplication / division questions will provide a big boost.
If you'd like to download Times Tables Awards practice sheets, you can click below...
Don't forget, this summer Year 4 will be taking part in the MTC - the new Multiplication Tables Check introduced by the government. They will be expected to know ALL times tables at speed!
SPELLING: Every child has a password for the Rufford Park Spelling App in the back of their reading record (they can log-in from this page). I'd recommend Word Walls 2, 3 and 4 as the most useful activities. We will send Word Wall scores home so children can personalise and optimise their practise sessions.
READING TIP: The children who make the best progress with their reading often have two things in common... they read for pleasure and also experience regular 'book chat' with an adult. Discussing vocabulary and comprehension (e.g. "How do you think the character is feeling?"... "Why do you think the character did that?"... "What do you think will happen next?") can make a huge difference!
Feel free to contact me via the school office if there's anything else I can do to support your child's learning!
Spellings - Children will be given spellings each Friday and tested the following Friday. They can access the weekly spellings on our Spelling App by logging in on this page and clicking on 'Year 4'.
Maths/English - Children will be given a piece of homework every Friday. This must be completed and handed in by the following Wednesday.
Reading books will be changed on Mondays and children with shorter books will be given two to read. Children should bring their reading book to school each day and hand it in. This year, reading records will stay in school over the weekend. Please remember to record all your child's reading and sign their red reading record each time they read to an adult or independently. Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week, however those who make outstanding progress often read 5 or more times! Regular and extra reading may just impress enough for a house point!
Children should aim to be fluent in all their times tables by the end of Year 4. Websites to help them with this are listed below:
To prepare for the statutory Y4 test at the end of the year, children may wish to practise using this website, which will be close to their experience in the Summer term:
This half term, we have P.E on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child arrives at school in their full kit on P.E days. Earrings should be removed or taped over on these days for safety reasons.