Year 4

Welcome to the Year 4 page!

In Year 4, there is a big focus on reading. By Year 4 we would expect the majority of children to be reading Grey or Black book bands and to be able to read with fluency. Throughout the year we will be teaching children how to accurately answer comprehension questions and will focus on identifying the different types of questions they could be asked (retrieval, inference and choice). Children will be able to frequently change their book banded book or bring home catch-up reading books.

We also use the Oxford Reading Buddy where children can access further texts:

Oxford Reading Buddy – Log in

Learning times tables will also be a key focus. By Year 4, all children should have rapid recall of all of their times tables and they will sit a government test in the summer term. To ensure all children feel confident and ready to take the test we work hard to help prepare them and also highly value the benefits of having a rapid recall of these facts as this helps children to reduce their cognitive load when tackling more complex multiplication word problems. TT Rockstars is an exciting way to engage all our children and is something we would strongly encourage all children to have go at when they are at home. In school, we regularly check children’s progress and how often they are logging onto the app and it is also regularly celebrated within assemblies with ‘rock battles’ and ‘battle of the bands’ competitions between classes.

Times Tables Rock Stars (ttrockstars.com)

Year 3 and 4 spelling words:

The national curriculum in England – English Appendix 1: Spelling (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Wider curriculum learning

As historians, the children will develop their enquiry skills by using sources of evidence to ask questions and find answers about the past. This will be explored by looking through the tomb of Tutankhamun and the vast treasures found at his burial site. They will be describing the social, ethnic and religious beliefs of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation and exploring the gods they worshipped and what life was like for different people in the period. As artists, the children will develop their sculpture skills by making clay pots. They will also develop their printing skills as they work towards producing an Egyptian cartouche. As scientists, the children will identify and name a variety of living things using classification keys. They will give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics and recognise that environments are constantly changing, along with the dangers this can pose for specific species.

The links below can be used to support children with their initial understanding of Ancient Egypt.

An introduction to Ancient Egypt – BBC Bitesize

Who were the ancient Egyptian gods? – BBC Bitesize

Who was Tutankhamun? – BBC Bitesize

If you would like more detail about your child’s learning please come and talk to your child’s class teacher.

Home learning

Children should read a minimum of 3 times a week and record this in their home school book by colouring the reading book picture each time they read. Children have a home learning book which they take home on a Friday and is due back in on the following Wednesday. Home learning will be a maths task which focus on increasing your child’s fluency and arithmetic skills. We also encourage all children to log on to TT Rockstars as much as possible.