Year 4 Class Teacher
Year 4 LSA
Welcome to Year 4
We have many exciting learning projects and lessons in Year 4.
Our New Cangle Curriculum:
Our New Cangle Curriculum is planned around termly foundation subject projects that link other areas of learning such as English, PE and Music.
Our main Autumn term project is called 'Misty Mountain, Winding River' with 4 accompanying mini projects.
Our main Spring term project is called 'Invasion' with 4 accompanying mini projects.
Our main Summer term project is called 'Ancient Civilisations' with 4 accompanying mini projects.
Please have a look at our Year 4 Curriculum Plan for further details on how we organise our curriculum.
In English, we deliver a book led curriculum and teach writing skills through various genres. Throughout the year we explore then write considering the content, high quality language, grammar and punctuation of a range of genres. These include: stories from other cultures: first person narrative, third person narrative, narrative: building tension & suspense, information leaflet/non chronological report, persuasive writing, first person recount, poetry: kennings and poetry: narrative poems.
In Year 4 we aim to encourage pupils to become a lifetime reader based on developing a deep love of reading. We use Accelerated Reader to develop reading fluency and comprehension (for more information refer to the English Curriculum page). Also, we each have a reading for pleasure book and make regular visits to the library. It is still important to hear your child read regularly, as well as to read to them and share books together. The expectation is that children in Year 4 will read at home most days and fill in their reading diaries.
We enjoy reading our whole class reading books together which are linked to our projects. They are:
Suggested reading list:
Spelling follows the No nonsense spelling programme for Year 4 covering the statutory guidelines from the National Curriculum. This includes: learning about the rules for the use of specified prefix and suffix, how to use a possessive apostrophe with plural words and homophones including near homophones. Children have weekly spellings based on a combination of the focus weekly spelling pattern and unknown spellings from the 3 and 4 word list (see below).
Year 3 and 4 Statutory Spellings that the children should be able to read and spell by the end of Year 4:
We follow a mastery approach in maths based on the White Rose Scheme of learning. Teaching for mastery is all about the children learning a concept in depth following a sequence of small steps before moving onto the next one. This provides pupils with a deep understanding and helps them grasp more complex topics as they progress through the curriculum. Pupils focus on developing their fluency, reasoning and problem solving using a concrete (with apparatus) – pictorial (drawing pictures) – abstract (written methods) approach.
Times tables is a key focus in Year 4 as the expectation is that by the end of Year 4 most children are able to quickly recall all of the times tables up to 12. This is assessed in the National Multiplication Check in June. Practising the times tables at home using the website Times Tables Rockstars is a good way to learn and consolidate this knowledge to ensure quick recall.
Some useful websites:
Year 4 Maths Curriuculum Overview
We are extremely lucky to have a specialist peripatetic guitar teacher lead our guitar lessons throughout the year. Children begin their guitar lessons by learning to play open strings E, B and G. They progress throughout the year to playing fretted notes and notes on an open bass string while continually developing their skills and knowledge of guitar and music. Throughout the year we like to celebrate our achievements by performing to the school and maybe one day we can perform on a bigger stage!
Year 4 Residential
The highlight for many children in Year 4 is the residential visit to Burwell House, Cambridgeshire. This visit is an excellent opportunity for the children to learn more about map reading, fire lighting, building natural shelters as well as develop their critical thinking, risk taking and problem-solving skills. For many children this is the first time they have stayed away from their home or family overnight and the peaceful, secure grounds of Burwell House along with the friendly staff provides a setting for their first time away from home. For more information about Burwell House, please visit:
Timetables songs that Mrs Shutler likes: