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)

Spelling Shed – Home Learning

Log in details for the above links can be found in your child’s diary.

Wider curriculum learning

In design and technology, the children will explore the different ways to join textiles with appropriate stitching, whilst also looking at the importance of seam allowance.

As scientists, the children will learn how sounds are made, exploring the relationship between sound and vibrations. As part of our continuous learning, we will also revisit our work on electricity from earlier in the year. Some useful links to help with our topic on sound can be found below:

Pitch – BBC Bitesize

How are sounds detected? – BBC Bitesize

How are sounds made? – BBC Bitesize

As historians, the children will continue to compare the social and cultural diversity of past societies, including the ancient civilisations of The Indus Valley and Ancient Egypt. The children are going to focus on where and when these ancient civilisations appeared and complete a comparison on a chosen two, in preparation for our in-depth study on Ancient Egypt.

In RE, the children will be studying the central beliefs behind the religion of Buddhism. This may be the first time children have encountered Buddhism and there are some useful links below to help if this is the case:

What is Buddhism? – BBC Bitesize

What is Nirvana Day? – BBC Bitesize

What is Wesak? – 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 and Spelling Shed as much as possible.