Year 4

Class Teacher:

Mrs Jenkins

Learning Support Assistant:

Miss Boulton

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

10 spellings to be tested every Friday through a dictation exercise. Sentences including the weekly spellings will be read out slowly and repeated as often as your child requires. They will write the whole sentence focusing on high frequency words, handwriting and punctuation. They will also have 3 additional spellings, which follow the same spelling pattern/rule, to ensure they have learnt how to apply this to unknown words. 

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.   

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 Friday 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 Wednesday and Friday afternoon, Mrs Jenkins is out of class for her management and preparation time. Therefore, Mrs Greaves will teach Maths, Spanish, Music and Computing and Mr Seary will teach PE on these days. 

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/

Summer 2

English: This term, we will be exploring caves through our book called ‘Blue John.’  This is an old folk tale based on a piece of music by the composer Smetana. The Queen of Darkness lives under the ground in the shadow of a mountain, Mam Tor. Before she was carried down into the shelter of the cavern, she snatched the two things she could not bear to leave behind – the purple-blue heart of the glacier and the gold of the sun. Out of these she makes a child and names him Blue John. He lives in the caves with her, forbidden to go out into the light. One day a party of children comes to the caves and Blue John follows them out into the sunshine…

Through this story, we will be developing our knowledge of caves, including how they are formed, to support us in writing an explanation text. 

Maths: For our final term, we will start off my exploring ‘Statistics’, including how to interpret and analyse charts such as pictograms and bar graphs. 

We will then move on to our ‘Properties of Shape’ unit where we will identify different angles, identify different triangles and quadrilaterals as well as identifying lines of symmetry. 

Finally, we will look at movement and position of shapes on a grid using coordinates.     

Here you will find useful websites/links to help support your child at home in other areas of the curriculum:

Science 

Our unit this term is ‘Animals including Humans.’ Through this unit we will be exploring the digestive system including the role of teeth and taste buds in this process. We will also touch on life cycles too. 

BBC Bitesize 

History

We will be referring back to our previous topic on ‘The Romans’ but this time focusing on clues to the lifestyle of a Roman which we can still find today. This will allow us to explore the locality of Chester and the Roman archeology found there. 

Romans in Chester 

RE

We will be learning about the religion of Christianity again but this time focusing on what Christians can learn from Parables. 

Christianity