Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to Miss Withams' Year 4 class! We are very lucky to have Mrs Graham working with us every morning and Miss Burkin for some afternoons. 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!
We have been so proud of the way the children have returned to school during the latter end of the Spring Term. It has been great to see the children laughing and playing on the playground, as well as throwing themselves into their learning.
This term we will be continuing to focus on our Covid Recovery Curriculum, working hard to fill the academic and social gaps that may have appeared over the last 15 months. We're looking forward to getting outside as much as possible and we're hoping that we can start to get back to some degree of normality with our usual summer activities.
During Spring 2, we took part in the St Oswald's Dance Festival! Click here to see the performances from all of the classes. Due to our class self-isolating for two weeks, we are a little bit behind the other classes, so our final performance video will be on the webpage as soon as we've finished it!
Homework - Initially homework will be set weekly on Google Classroom. Please keep an eye out for more information about this.
PE - Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day. We will be trying to follow our usual PE timetable as much as possible, whilst following the COVID-19 guidelines. Therefore I would appreciate it if all children could have their kit ready for a PE lesson at short notice!
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/
Google Classroom - We will be encouraging the use of Google Classroom to help the children build up their technological skills and competency as quickly as possible. Please keep an eye out for your child's Google login, and more information about Google Classroom!
Our learning in Year 4
English & Topic
This term our theme title is 'Where the Land meets the Sea'. During Guided Reading we will be reading The BFG by Roald Dahl. During our topic, we will be investigating British coasts, thinking about how they are formed and some of the features and attractions that make our coastal areas appealing to tourists. We will be creating a dance in PE based on coasts.
PSHE - RSA4
Our school has been invited to join the RSA4 social action project for the second year. We will be working with leaders from Epic Steps and Green Schools to plan and complete a social action project during the Summer Term.
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. 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 uses 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