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Year 4

Updated January 2022

Welcome to Year 4!

Year 4P are taught by Miss Payne and 4S by Mr Stallard . They are supported by Katrina and Ada and Teresa

They can be contacted via email  year4@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely break and managed to take advantage of some quality family time. We’re excited to be back and get cracking with our brand new topics! 

In English, we will be beginning the term with a picture book called The Tinderbox, originally by Hans Christian Andersen. It is the story of a soldier, back from war, who comes across a magic tinderbox which grants him wishes! After that, we will be reading the brilliant The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. This story follows Hogarth, a young farm boy, whose path crosses with an alien iron giant! We will be basing our creative writing on these stories and taking on the roles of different characters. Please continue to encourage a love of reading by listening to your child read regularly and discussing the books they are reading with them. Frequent practise of their spellings will also help your child greatly so please make sure you remind them. All the children will have access to Doodle English https://www.doodleenglish.com/ which has lots of short, fun activities to help test their spelling and grammar. The children’s logins remain the same as last year. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you need these again.

As you know, at the end of Year 4 the children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12, recalling them at speed. Our Multiplication Table Check will take place in June and will consist of 25 time table questions. During the check they will have 6 seconds to complete each question. The children have now had all of the times tables assigned to them through homework, so it is vital that they are practising regularly to ensure they are in their long-term memories. Your child can practise their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth. The ‘Jamming’ section is great to target tables which they are less confident in, while the ‘Studio’ is brilliant for practise in jumping between different tables. There is also the ‘Soundcheck’ which mimics the official times table check. Children can start to use this to get them used to the timed element of the check.

All other Maths learning can be consolidated using DoodleMaths https://www.doodlemaths.com/. This is an intuitive programme that will set the tasks for your child based on their abilities. The children’s logins remain the same. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you need these again.

For our topics this term, we are escaping winter first, travelling across the Atlantic ocean to sunny Brazil to learn what life is like there. For our topic launch we got in the carnival spirit and made masks and we will be using the rest of the topic to become experts in life in Brazil. As part of this Geography focused topic, we will be looking at living conditions, rainfall and the relationship with the rainforest, and comparing this to life in the UK. This leads us nicely into our topic for the second half of the term which is Rainforests. Here, we will look at the geography and make-up of rainforests as well as the ways in which humans interact with them. For this topic, we will get to experience the rainforest first-hand on our trip to Kew Gardens!

Our Science learning will focus on teeth and digestion in the first half of the term where we will learn about different types of teeth and their purposes, as well as taking a journey through the human digestive system - it could get messy! In the second half of the term, we will be learning about habitats and how animals are suited to their habitats in different ways. The Year 4 scientists will be using lots of scientific skills to develop their expertise, they have already become paleontologists and categorised fossilized teeth! 

We will be continuing with our Brass lessons this term. We have been so impressed with how much the children have progressed already and we are looking forward to being able to show off our musicians in the summer term. Please support your child in practising at home to develop their skills and love of music. We will be continuing with swimming lessons for the first half term, but we are uncertain whether these will continue after half term at the moment. We will keep you updated.

Thank you for your continued support! As always, please do come to us with any questions and we are happy to help. Have a great Spring Term!

Year 4 Team 

 

Key Learning

You can find out about our approach to all our subjects through the curriculum page but the headlines for the year  group are below.

Reading

Children can maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding by:

  • I can listen to and discuss a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, reference and textbooks
  • I can read books that are structured in different ways and read for a range of purposes
  • I can use dictionaries to check the meanings of words I have read
  • I can read a wide range of books and re-tell some of these orally
  • I can identify themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • I can recognise different forms of poetry e.g. free verse, narrative poetry
  • I can prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and perform

Children can understand what they read in books they can read independently by:

  • I can check that the text makes sense and discuss my understanding (and explaining the meaning ) of words in context
  • I can ask questions to improve my understanding of a text with increasing complexity
  • I can draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justify inferences with evidence clearly taken from the text
  • I can predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • I can identify main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarise these
  • I can identify  how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning including paragraphs, use of pronouns for cohesion, inverted commas for speech, apostrophes to mark possession and fronted adverbials
  • I can retrieve and record information from non-fiction over a range of subjects
  • I can participate in discussions about both books that are read to me and those that I can read for  myself, taking turns and listening to what others say

Writing

 Writing

  • I can create  more detailed settings, characters and plot in narrative pieces to engage the reader
  • I can write narratives with a clear beginning, middle and end and a coherent plot
  • I can write non-fiction pieces using appropriate structures
  • I can organise paragraphs around a theme.
  • I can proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • I can use standard English forms
  • I can use the correct tense consistently
  • I can use expanded noun phrases (modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositional phrases) E.g.  The strict teacher with curly hair
  • I can use fronted adverbials E.g. As quick as a flash, Last weekend: usually demarcated with a comma 
  • I can use appropriate pronouns or nouns within and across sentences to aid cohesion and to avoid repetition
  • I can use conjunctions, adverbs or prepositions to indicate time, place or cause
  • I can extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions E.g when, if, because, although
  • I can use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate speech
  • I can use apostrophes for singular and plural possession
  • I can use correct punctuation to demarcate sentences  :  capital letters and full stops , question marks and exclamation marks

Spelling

  • I can spell most of the year 3 and 4 spelling words correctly
  • I can spell all words with prefixes and suffixes correctly
  • I can spell homophones correctly

Handwriting

  • I can produce legible, joined handwriting

Greater depth (working above the national expected standard)

  • I can write well-paced and well-structured narratives
  • I can proofread consistently and amend my own writing, correcting errors
  • I can use commas after the reporting clause and all end punctuation  within inverted commas
  • I can expand noun phrases with the addition of ambitious modifying adjectives and prepositional phrases E.g the heroic soldier with an unbreakable spirit

Statutory spellings

 

Autumn 1 Autumn2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

accident

believe

strange

reign

interest

various

possible

grammar

woman

women

promise

therefore

opposite

ordinary

although

pressure

particular

calendar

popular

position

possess

possession

complete

potatoes

straight

favourite

strength

suppose

surprise

bicycle

business

medicine

natural

naughty

straight

favourite

strength

suppose

surprise

bicycle

business

medicine

natural

naughty 

peculiar

occasion

occasionally

probably

knowledge

experiment

experience

question

disappear

important

 

Maths

 In Maths we follow the White Rose Hub. You can find out more about White Rose through our dedicated maths page

Year 4 Maths Objectives

 

Science

 Electricity

Sound

Teeth and Digestion

Living things and their habitat

Topics

 Did life in Britain regress under Anglo Saxon Rule? 

Did the Vikings deserve their violent reputation?

What is life like in Brazil?

What is happening to our rainforests?

Homework

 We set homework in Key Stage 2 in the following ways:

  • Spellings - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Guided Reading - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Literacy and Topic - Google Classroom
  • Talking Homework - Google Classroom
  • Maths - TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) and Mathletics

Students without digital access will get paper copies (need to return book)

You can access our guide to google classrooms or if you have any technical or password issues please email techsupport@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk  

 

Days to remember

Day Activity
 Monday

Spelling test

New spellings sent home

PE -wear PE kit to school

Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstar

 Tuesday

Homework turned in on Google Classroom

Brass - bring instrument to school

Swimming - wear your PE kit and have your swimming kit in your bag.

Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstar

Wednesday

Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstar

Guided reading handed in

 Thursday

Guided Reading book sent home

Homework set

 Friday

Handbooks in school for weekly reflection

Daily Doodle Maths and English as well as Times Table Rockstars

As frequently as possible but at least x times per week Reading, Time Tables Rockstars and Doodle

 

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