Hello from Class 7!
Year 4 is a crucial year and one where we see children really begin to mature and become much more confident in their learning. We endeavour to make learning as engaging and interesting as possible. Taking part in experiments, setting challenges and working in a very cross curricular way gives each child a chance to show their own talents and abilities. It is important for us to see the children smiling and enjoying their learning in school.
It is vital that your child tries their best and has a positive attitude towards school if they are to achieve their potential. It is also important that you encourage and support your child with homework and by keeping in contact with me regularly to ensure we are doing everything possible to help them make the maximum progress. If you are ever unsure of anything, please don’t hesitate to call into school to discuss your concerns and queries. My door is always open.
Keep an eye on our class page for the latest news, information and photos! In class we use the Class Dojo system for rewarding children. They may receive Dojo Points for their work, manners, being a good friend and a host of other great things. Make sure you sign up for the Class Dojo App so you can see how your child is doing!
Reading has an enormous impact on children’s learning. For this reason, we have a huge focus on the teaching of reading. This is taught through whole class reading using resources from Cracking Comprehension. Fostering a love of books and reading is of great importance. If children enjoy what they are doing, they will learn more effectively.
During whole class reading sessions, children investigate new and unfamiliar vocabulary, learn how to understand what questions are actually asking and how to best answer them. We also work on reading speed and accuracy.
Across the whole school The Power of Reading is used to teach a range of different writing genres and text types during English sessions. The Power of Reading utilises high quality texts, specifically chosen for each year group, and a range of exciting and immersive teaching techniques in order to both improve children’s enjoyment of and their ability in writing.
Children are immersed in a book, often with each child having their own copy! Throughout the unit, children respond the text in a variety of different ways, both verbally or in writing This could take the form of; an information text, a setting description, a poem, a diary entry and many more. Not only does this encourage the children to write for a specific purpose, but allows the children to remain focused on the whole text. These different writing outcomes encourage children to build up their stamina in writing and to apply the knowledge they have learnt during both the English session and during grammar sessions.
Spelling is an incredibly important part or writing and requires lots of practice. We have recently started using the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ scheme to help us practice spelling patterns. These spelling groups are then sent home as part of homework and are tested every Friday morning. Please encourage and support your child to learn and practise these spellings at home.
By the end of Year 4, the government expects that children are able to spell all the words from the following lists:
The curriculum for maths in Year 4 is interactive and engaging; encouraging the use of ICT and a variety of maths resources. The onus is on understanding how we work different calculations using base 10 equipment, place value counters, number lines, etc. before moving onto formal written methods. Whilst understanding how to complete a calculation is important, it is also crucial that children are able to solve problems in maths. As a school, we have begun to use the Maths Mastery technique to encourage children to solve problems in a variety of ways and realise that they are often multiple ways of solving a problem.
Whilst sometimes they might get these wrong, we have a culture within the classroom where this ok and the important thing is we learn from it in order to improve our mathematical thinking. In Year 4 children will complete calculations with numbers up to 100,000, negative numbers and numbers with up to 2 decimal places. By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know all the times tables p to 12 x 12 so they may need to some extra practice on them in order to meet this target. Therefore, any help or practice you help you can give your children will be of great benefit.
At West Street we run a very creative and topic based curriculum. Each half term children are introduced to a new theme, through which all curriculum subjects will be taught. This enables them to make links within their learning to make it more relevant and real.
These begin with an exciting launch where the children find out what they will be learning about that half term. At the end of each half term children usually present their learning during an assembly – parents are very welcome to come and watch!
Already this year we have had teachers interrupting assemblies to share their favourite books and Mrs Burtoft treating us all differently to introduce our Human rights topic. But what will be next?
Our children love our topics and the launches, and we are very proud of the excitement and enthusiasm that they generate throughout school.
At West Street we love to enhance children’s learning by going on lots of trips and visits where possible to link with our topic – a team building day in the woods, a Viking museum, or walks in the local area are some of the recent days out.
One of the things which I believe is a crucial part of learning is having new experiences. These opportunities are a important part of learning and provide them with a great base of knowledge and experience to draw from and memories to cherish for ever. For all trips we try to fund raise throughout the year to bring down the cost as much as possible and your support is much appreciated.
Throughout the school we use the Class Dojo reward system. Children can earn Dojo Points for a huge range of reasons from work in class to good manners and from asking good questions to being a reading star! This system also allows parents to keep in touch with their child’s learning and their good behaviour by signing up to Class Dojo. Additionally it provides a secure messaging service directly to the class teacher.
If you would like to sign up to Class Dojo, please see your child’s teacher who will give you a unique reference number to access your child’s Dojo Points through this link…
Each week on a Wednesday, pupils in Year 4 are given a Maths task which is usually based on the learning in class that week. It is extremely important that all children complete this and hand it in on the following Wednesday. Spellings are also given out every Friday. These should be practised regularly at home and it would help greatly for you to help your child with this. These spellings will be tested every Friday morning. Reading is a very important part of homework and children are expected to read at least three times per week at home. Children should read as much as possible, both their school reading book, but also newspapers, magazines, recipes, websites and much more. All of these elements will be assessed and recorded weekly and they form a very important part of your child reaching all green in their ‘Reach for the Stars’ file.