Year 4

Our overall theme in the autumn term is Love and War. Most of our topic work will be linked to this theme although some elements of your child’s curriculum will be taught independently such as RE, PE and Music. We hope that this will allow both teaching and learning to become more creative and open while still encompassing all aspects of the National Curriculum. We encourage the children to become independent learners and to think for themselves and this new approach will promote children’s confidence and prepare them for the future equipped with the skills they need. During the Spring and Summer terms we explore the themes of Discovery and Treasure. We will amongst other things discover the country and culture of India, read Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom and learn about pirates and rivers.

Learning in Year 4:

As part of our learning we are looking at Shakespeare who has so much to tell us about human relationships. Specifically we will learn about Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s life, Henry VIII and Romeo and Juliet. We will be visiting Speke Hall in October as part of this topic and learning about what it was like to live in such a place.

This term will be exploring Sound and Our Bodies. We will be focusing on our 6,7, 8 and 9 times tables through the year. We assume that most children are now confident with previously learnt times tables. You can help your child learn their times table through games like bingo, snap, quick fire quizzes and getting them to test you!

Home Learning:

You may have noticed that the reading record book has changed to a home task book. You can still record any home reading in this book but it replaces the old homework book. Instead of lengthy homework tasks (which can cause undue stress on Sunday nights!) we will ask the children to talk to you about their week and carry out small investigative tasks linked to their current topics. The book will also include twenty spellings to be learnt for their test on Tuesdays which follow our whole school programme. Medium term frequency words that children will be using a lot are on the other side of this sheet. The home task book is also a great way of communicating with us about any problems your child may be having or recording any successes. You may like to tell us about your child’s interests and talents outside of school (e.g. dancing, acrobatics, art, writing etc.)

Year 4 Staff:

Mrs McLoughlin, Class Teacher
Miss Lancaster, Class Teacher
Mrs Davenport, 1-1 Teaching Assistant
Mrs Boylan, Teaching Assistant (PM)