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Year 4

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Welcome to Year 4!

Class Teachers:

4CR: Mrs Carroll and Miss Rycroft
4C: Miss Coxon
4G: Miss Greer

LSAs: Mrs Garner, Mrs Bradshaw and Miss Johnson

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask one of the Year 4 team.

Reading at Home

In Lower Key Stage Two, we expect children to read 5 times a week for at least 15 minutes and bring their reading book into school every day. Please make sure a family member at home has signed their child's reading record.

Reading at home doesn't always mean their school reading books, it could be anything from a newspaper, magazine, kindle books to instructions of a board game.

You can access free online books at the following links:

- Oxford Owl

- Our Lark Hill virtual library

 

Homework

Weekly spellings and times tables will be given out on a Friday to be assessed on the following Thursday

Your class teacher will also provide a variety of weekly Seesaw tasks relating to any area of the curriculum. This will include Maths, English and Grammar, as well as the wider curriculum. Please check your child's Seesaw page regularly for more details. You can log into Seesaw here. Your child's login details are in their Reading Records. 

At the end of Year 4, all children are assessed on their times table facts. You can find more information here. We expect children to be practising their times table on TTRockstars at least twice a week. Their log in details should be glued in their Reading Record. https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

P.E and Swimming

Swimming for year 4 will restart from 16th April and finish 15th May 2024

All Y4 classes have PE on Thursday afternoon.
Children in 4CR and 1/2 4G have swimming on Tuesday morning.
Children from 4C and 1/2 4G have swimming on Wednesday morning.

A gentle reminder that our school P.E. kit is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and plain black pumps or trainers for outdoor sports, without visible branding. PE kit should be brought in a separate bag for children to change into before their PE lesson. 

For swimming, please make sure your child has swimming trunks/ swimming costume, towel and a swimming hat with them.


Water Bottles and snacks

Don't forget to bring a water bottle and healthy snacks to school each day - it is important for children to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plain water. Please label bottles and refill them each day.

Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack such as fruit and vegetables to school each day for snack time. Bread sticks and milk can be purchased at the start of each half-term (please speak to the school office about this).

Curriculum

Maths

Our focus this term is multiplication and division, decimals, money, time and position and direction. We will continue to focus on the four number operations in our weekly fluency lessons and continue preparing for the multiplication check test which will be administered in the week beginning Monday 10th June. 

English

In the Summer term, we will be reading poems from the book, I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year selected by Fiona Waters and writing our own Haiku. Our shared reading text in class for this term is The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan. We will be reading this text regularly and completing tasks on it to improve our reading skills, as well as reading for pleasure. As inspiration for our writing this term, will be reading Alba, The Hundred Year Old Fish by Lara Hawthorne and Blue John by Berlie Doherty. Using these texts we will write an information report and letters.  In addition to this, we will read the non-fiction book, The Lists for Curious Kids: Human Body: 205 Fun, Fascinating and Fact-Filled Lists.

We will continue to develop our handwriting styles as well as learning key grammar skills and apply them to our range of writing.

We will also continue our Shakespeare Project based on the text King Lear. This term we will start to draft a script ready to perform it at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays. More information will be given about this nearer the time. 

 

Science

This half term we will continue and build upon our studies of Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout the Summer term.

 

History – How has Salford changed over time?

In order to answer this question we will explore our local history. We will find out about Salford today and the past by looking at documents, maps, pictures and photographs. We will discover what Salford was like before the 1800s and look at how the Industrial Revolution changed Salford as well at looking at what life was like during this time. We will learn about significant figures from Salford such as L.S. Lowry and learn about how Salford continues to change Britain and the rest of the world today. We will continue to develop our understanding of primary and secondary resources and how they can help us to make sense of the past.

 

Geography – Where does our food come from?

We will firstly learn about the geography of food before investigating the changes that have occurred in production, processing and distribution over time. After this we will look at the distance food travels and sourcing foods. We will then learn about world food supplies and the link between climate change. Finally we will investigate the future of food production in Britain and the world. 

 

Art – Claude Monet

We will explore the work of artist Claude Monet – a French artist who founded Impressionism. We will learn about the importance of his work, discover the art of painting, and develop our techniques in our work. We will get the opportunity to create our own painting following Claude Monet’s methods.