Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to Miss Withams' Year 4 class! On this page you will find useful information about our work and ways you can help your child at home. Check back often to see what we've been learning!
Year 4 Blog
To access the Year 4 Blog, which some of the children have started contributing to, click 'Children', then scroll down to 'Blogging'.
Homework - Your child receives homework on a Friday (maths or English) which must be handed in on a Wednesday morning. This should be completed in their green homework book. In addition to this, topic grids are given out termly/half termly. See the link at the bottom of the page for this term's grid. Spellings will be given out and tested weekly.
PE - This term PE is always on a Friday afternoon, when half of the class will be swimming and the other half will be joining with Year 5. The second PE session of the week rotates according to visiting specialists and availability of our hall, but will usually be on a Wednesday. Therefore your child needs their PE kit in school every day so that they are prepared from week to week.
PE kit should consist of:
Reading - Please hear your child read every night for around 15-20 minutes (as far as is possible). Fluency in reading helps children to build their understanding of the world, their comprehension, vocabulary and develops empathy for others. Reading can be from many sources, not just their reading scheme book. Try this list for ideas: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-4-pupils-ks2-age-8-9/
Our learning in Year 4
English & Topic
This term we are looking at the 'Great Wonders of the World'. We will be finding out about the people who built and used the Pyramids at Giza, the temples at Chichen Itza and more of the amazing places around our world. In English we will be using the story of 'Egyptian Cinderella', which is a twist of the traditional tale we know. We will be putting ourselves in the shoes of the main character through diary entries, before creating our own version of the Cinderella story.
In KS2 we all follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Each week children have lessons on how to spell the patterns needed to be successful spellers for their age group. Recent patterns include the various ways to spell the "shun" sound (tion, sion, ssion, cian) and the "chur" sound (ture). Children use spelling journals in class to record their learning and support their independent spelling during writing lessons. See below for a copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list from the National Curriculum.
The whole school began the Maths No Problem approach to lessons. In Year 4 we love learning using this method as it's full of practical diagrams and uses bar modelling to support children's understanding. If you would like to know more about the Maths No Problem programme, follow this link: https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/
For support with basic number facts and times tables, encourage children to try the Top Marks website and play some fun games that help consolidate learning! https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables