Year 4

Class Teacher:

Miss Davenport

Learning Support Assistant:

Miss Bradley

Thank you for visiting our page. Here you will find information on timetables, homework, general expectations and details of your child’s learning. If you have any questions, you can arrange an appointment by contacting the office.  

Homework

Spellings

We are now using the ‘pathways to spell’ scheme which links in with our ‘pathways to write’ English scheme. Children have 3 guided and 3 independent sessions of spelling a week where we investigate and learn spelling rules through games and activities.

On Friday, your child will be tested on 5 words which follow the focus rule for the week. Use the week to practice the rule with a range of words. They will also be tested on 3 topic words which are the words we will be using in our topic lessons. Children will then identify 2 spelling words that they regularly spell wrong in their writing. They must practice these words each week and will test with a partner on Friday. New spellings will then be given on a Friday ready for the following week.

Spring 1 Overview.pdf

Times Tables

This year, every Year 4 child in the country will take part in a Government Multiplication Tables Check. This requires them to answer times tables questions (up to 12x tables) fluently (within 6 seconds). With this in mind, it is important for your child to practice their times tables as often as possible. They have been given login details to access Times Tables Rockstars, which makes this learning fun and relevant to their strengths and areas for development. This should be used frequently for 10-15 minutes sessions. They have also been shown how to use ‘maths frame’ which is an online website where they can practice their time tables in conditions similar to that of the Multiplication Tables Check. They must access Times Table Rockstars for at least 10-15 mins at least 4 times a week. If not, they will have to lose some of their breaktime on a Friday.

Reading

Your child should read at least 4 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Reading is such a vital skill and will help your child to feel more confident across all areas of the curriculum. Reading records will be collected daily to ensure your child is on track, so please write in these regularly. If your child does not read often enough, they will take part in a ‘catch up’ session on a Friday break time, where they will be given the opportunity to read to an adult or their peers. 

Timetabling

PE lessons are on a Tuesday afternoon. Children are required to come in to school in their full PE kits on this day or they will not be allowed to participate in the lesson. If there are reasons why your child cannot take part in these lessons, a written note must detail the reasons why.

On a Monday morning, Miss Davenport is out of class for her preparation time. Therefore, Mrs Greaves will teach Music and Computing on this day.

Home Learning Details

In the event of a whole class bubble needing to isolate or if your child is waiting for Covid test results so is unable to attend school, your child has been provided with login details to access a range of resources online. These login details can be found in the front of their yellow reading records, so please keep these safe so no online learning is missed. Further details, including planning, will be communicated with parents within 24 hours of a class bubble going home and/or school being informed of a need for your child to isolate. Below, you will find links to the websites where work may be set:

Purple Mash 

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/rainfordbrook

Rising Stars (online reading books and comprehension)

https://my.risingstars-uk.com/Default.aspx?cid=DL166134

Times Tables Rockstars

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/18299

Developing Experts (Science) 

https://developingexperts.com/accounts/pupil/sign-in

Language Angels (Spanish) 

https://www.languageangels.com/homeschool/

Spring 1

English: This term, we will be creating a Historical Narrative from a character’s point of view. We will be exploring Christina Balit’s ‘Escape from Pompeii’ to help us and this links in with our History topic this term on the Romans. 

Through this story, we will be continuing to use a variety of verb forms including the progressive and present perfect form. We will be using Standard English whilst organising our paragraphs around a theme. We will also continue to use fronted adverbials to introduce or connect our paragraphs and use and punctuate direct speech correctly. 

 

Maths: During this term, we will continue exploring ‘multiplication and division’. We will be looking at the different methods we can use to work out calculations and we will be deciding which methods are the most efficient.

We will then move on to ‘Area’ where we will look at what Area is and we will compare area. Then in our ‘Fractions’ topic, we will discover how to find equivalent fractions.

Other areas of the curriculum:

Science 

Our unit this term is ‘Sound’. Through this unit we will be explaining how sound is caused and travels, exploring pleasant and unpleasant sounds and we will also be looking at how we can protect our ears from sounds. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgffr82

History

This term, we will be learning about the Romans. We will learn about Rome by looking at maps and timelines. We will explore how Rome was governed, discover how Roman soldiers dressed and will also explore Boudica. We will produce a Roman Soldier diary entry at the end to link with our English topic. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqtf34j

RE

In RE, we are learning about Sikhism. We will discover who Guru Nanak is and will explore the Sikh 5 K’s in which Sikhs live their life by. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsjpyrd