Year 4

Here you can see some of the exciting things we have planned for our year 4 children. You can use this section of the website to keep up-to-date with key dates for your diary and access important documents such as long-term plans, newsletters, and other announcements.

Meet the year 4 team:

  • Laburnum’s class teacher is Mrs Byrne and she is the current Leader of Learning for Lower Key Stage Two. She has taught in all year groups across Key Stage Two and has a passion for mentoring and training new teachers.

  • Mulberry’s class teacher is Ms Choudhury. Ms Choudhury is a very committed and dedicated teacher who strives to help children achieve. She also has high expectations of all learners within her class. She jointly leads PSHE across the school.

  • Magnolia’s class teacher is Mr Aikulola. He is a very enthusiastic and passionate member of staff. He has very high expectations of all learners within his class and challenges them to achieve their best. He jointly leads PSHE across the school.

  • Supporting the children and teachers are Mrs Hutchings, Miss Meekums, Miss Dean and Mrs Renfrew.

Our learning

Year 4 is an incredibly exciting year as the children move into their second year within the lower key stage two phase. Our focus this year will be to teach the year 4 curriculum in order to ensure that children are working at the expected standard for their age by the end of the 2021/22 academic year. However, we will also be revising some of the key learning within the year 3 curriculum; this will ensure that any gaps within their knowledge concerning year 3 expectations have been closed and that children are fully able to access the learning intended for a year 4 child.

Over the course of the year, children in year 4 will be exposed to a range of fantastic core texts during our English lessons, including: The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, The legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood, Grimms’ Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm, Who let the Gods Out by Maz Evans and Malorie Blackman’s fantastic Operation Gadgetman. We use these amazing texts in order to expose children to written language of a high quality and as a stimulus for their own written outcomes.

In year 4, we intend to create confident mathematicians who have a solid understanding of place value and are able to adopt a range of strategies when problem solving. By the end of year 4, children will be familiar with formal written methods for all four operations of number and be able to fluently recall times tables up to 12 x 12.

We will also be exploring a range of exciting topics throughout the year starting with developing our understanding of deforestation and using a thought-provoking question: ‘Is deforestation always wrong?’. Children will explore what a rainforest is, locating where in the world rainforests are – developing our map reading skills and using complex maps keys. We will also discover why rainforests are important and how deforestation negatively impacts humans, animals, and climate change. During our second half term, we will be learning about the disparities between the rich and poor people living in urban Brazil. This will allow our children to discuss a range of socio-economic factors within this location.

During the spring term, our topic is ‘Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids’. Linked closely with our English core texts, the children will be creating clay and line art pieces of the different Brothers Grimm characters in the style of Shaun Tan and Wanda Gag.

Or final topic of the year, children will be travelling back in time to learn about Ancient Greece and the Romans and their impact on the ancient world. We will learn how to use secondary sources and artefacts to find out about aspects of life in the past and about the impact these civilisations had on the modern world.

Music

Year 4 are incredibly fortunate to receive music lessons once per week taught by specialists within the school. Each half term, children will have the opportunity to be take part in either piano or drum lessons. Paul is our resident drum teacher and has worked at the school for many years and our talented teacher, Michael, teaches piano lessons.

Multiplication Tables Check 

The Multiplication Tables Check is a Key Stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help us to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided, as well as identify which pupils are working at the expected level. The test is an online assessment where pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2-12. For every question, they have 6 seconds to answer and in between each question is a 3 second rest.