Welcome to Year 4. Within Year 4 we believe that Children, Parents and Teaching Staff should all work together to achieve our collective goals. We are always willing to go the extra mile to help you and your child so please approach us with any worries, concerns or questions. It is our aim to ensure your child has a positive learning experience through a wide range of opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
Fortunately, Year 4 children have a weekly Ukulele lesson from a professional music teacher who not only teaches the children how to play the instrument but also to read music. To encourage independent learning the children are allowed to bring the instruments home to practice each week.
Another creative project within Year 4 is our 'CBSO' project. We have been working with adults and children from other schools so that we can perform to our full potential at the Symphony Hall! How many people can say they have performed in front of an audience at the Symphony Hall? Not only will this memory last a lifetime but the confidence, pride and sense of achievement that our children can take away from this experience will be invaluable in shaping them for years to come.
By the end of Year 4 every child should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. They are taught how to handle data, investigate 2D and 3D shapes and explore fractions. The children need to have a firm grasp of digital and analogue time as well as being able to handle money correctly. Encourage your child to tell the time and use TV Schedules at home as well as paying for items and working out the correct change in shops. These are not only fantastic practical experiences but they will benefit your child's numeracy skills. In year 4 children will be taught how to solve mathematical problems using all four operations.
We hold regular Inspire workshops which give you a chance as parents to come and work with your child in school. It is also an opportunity to see some of the strategies we use whilst making learning fun!
Year 4 Topics
Autumn 1: I am Warrior
Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caeser, and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator school and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus: brave soldiers of the Roman Colusseum.
Autumn 2: Blue Abyss
Grab your wet suit! We're going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let's head into the blue abyss...
Spring 1: Playlist
Take out you ear plugs as you journey through the valley of sound and find out about instruments, the sounds they make and how they travel and are produced. Discover how sounds are made and which sounds travel furthest!
Spring 2: Road Trip USA!
Buckle up, sunglasses on - we're going on a road trip across the good old US of A! Flying from London Gatwick and landing at JFK airport New York, it's time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Navigate around the famous landmarks and send a post card home. Wish you were here?
Summer 1: Potions Welcome to the amazing and magical world of potions and their properties. Now, scientists, beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there - dangerous, unpredictable or plain tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet).
Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard's Potions class.
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Do beans really have wind power? Let's work scientifically to get to the bottom of this one. Where does food go after we swallow it? Create your own working digestive system in this belching, squelching adventure through the human body.
Please take a look at our Year 4 page to keep track with our progress this year.
Throughout Year 4 the children will use their exciting experiences within our Topics to stimulate exciting pieces of writing. We cover stories from other cultures, information and explanation texts, poetry, sets of instructions, persuasive writing, newspapers reports as well as so much more! The children who have benefited the most this year have taken the opportunity to improve their comprehension , grammar and vocabulary through the extensive reading opportunities both in and out of school including; home reading books, weekly school library trips, bug club and our reading breakfasts!
During the school year the following PE topics are taught. For more details about each area please visit the PE section of our academy website.
Our brand new topic is 'Blue Abyss'. We will be exploring the world under the sea. As part of this topic we are going to the National Sea Life Centre on Friday 21st November. Forms have already gone home for this trip so please return them as soon as possible. We will be looking scientifically at some of the life processes of the creatures as well as the impact we humans have upon the ocean.
We will be continuing to learn the Ukulele. As our fingers become used to the strings we will be able to learn new chords and songs. Keep practicing at home!
This half term we will be creating some of the magic from under the sea using various techniques from printing to painting. We will also be using junk modelling to show the effect of pollution on the ocean and it's inhabitants.
This half term we are fortunate to be working with the Aston Villa coach to improve our football skills. We will also be looking to play a friendly match against another school to widen our experiences and build community links. Next half term we will be swimming so make sure the children have appropriate swimwear which still fits.
The children are writing and speaking in French. This half term we will be looking at animals, colours and continuing to develop the ability to hold a conversation in French. We will also be creating our French shop where the children will pretend to sell and buy items using what they have learnt in French.
In RE we will continue to look at faiths from around the world and try to understand why faith is important to people. We have began to look at what makes people happy even through adversity. It is important to respect other peoples beliefs. Our focus will be on being reflective and self critical and being curious and valuing knowledge. We will touch upon the four noble truths of 'Buddhism'.
We are continuing our adventures with 'Dorothy Dot' and the gang. We will be focusing on areas like gratitude, helping others and how to deal with change.
Using our brand new 'Purple Mash' software the children are going to get an opportunity to create their own games linked to our 'Blue Abyss' topic. They will get the chance to learn how to create and write a program which allows them to then play the game which they have created.