Willenhall Community Primary School

Year 4

 

In Year 4 we help pupils to become more independent and engaged learners so that they can show their full potential across the curriculum. As a year group we are committed to high quality, collaborative work and showing off our individual talents when we can! In Year 4, we encourage each child to develop independence and resilience so they can be successful in all areas of the curriculum.

Letters to parents

Letters that have been circulated to parents are available for you to view and download here.

Times of a school day

These are the times that apply to a year 4 pupil’s school day.

08:55pupils are collected from the playground
09:00class register is taken
11:00-11:15morning break
12:30-13:30lunch
13:30afternoon register
15:25end of school

Morning routine

Pupils will line up on the playground (next to year 5) in class lines. Teachers will collect them and take them to their classroom. They are collected from the same place at the end of the day.

Punctuality

Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.

Teachers

Mr Geoff Hay4A - class teacher
Mr David Whitney4 alpha - class teacher

PE (Physical Education)

PE is on Friday afternoons.

Trips

Parents will be informed about any details of any school trips throughout the year. A letter will be sent out in advance of the trip to your son / daughter informing you of all relevant details. Occasional walks around the local area are covered by a permission form that all parents and carers are asked to sign at the beginning of each academic year.

Homework

Homework is given out every Friday and due in on the following Friday.

Pupils are also expected to read at home every night and practise their spellings, times tables and number bond facts. Homework will range between an English / Maths task.

Curriculum information

English

  • Autumn: Pupils will have a key focus of Grammatical Accuracy; writing a range of sentences. The pupils will explore texts which link to their Humanities topic of the Vikings so they can describe different characters and write from different perspectives. The pupils also begin to learn how to write for different text types including blogs and poems, and explore scary stories by investigating ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman.
  • Spring: Pupils will explore non fiction texts including information texts about endangered animals. The second half term brings one of the highlights of the year, where our Year 4 pupils become detectives to solve a classroom mystery. They then learn how to write their own detective stories based on the ‘Saxby Smart’ series by Simon Cheshire.
  • Summer: The Summer Term brings our focus to different types of non fiction texts, such as biographies and newspapers, based around important people from the city. Finally, we get into the magical world of ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Angela McAllister and learn how to create our own magical writing!

Maths

The following strands will be covered across the three terms:

  • Number and place value, addition / subtraction, measurement, fractions, multiplication / division, statistics, geometry and calculation

Times tables will also be practised on a daily basis alongside the above units.

For more information about the strands please click the National Curriculum link at the bottom of this page.

Humanities (Geography and History)

  • Autumn: This term the focus will be History and The Vikings. This will look at the Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
  • Spring: The first half of the term will focus on The Mayans (a study of a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history).
    The second half of the term will be a Geography focus relating to Our City of Coventry. This will entail a bus trip around the city and stop off at different points selected to illustrate different features of the city.
  • Summer: This term’s focus will be Geography - Where in the World? Pupils will locate major countries of the world with a focus on South America - environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.

Computing

  • Autumn: pupils will learn how to use technology safely and how to report any concerns. They will also be introducing them to simple spreadsheets with the opportunity to design a maths game using the model idea from a spreadsheet
  • Spring: pupils will be making sense about the Internet and looking at spoof websites found on the world wide web. The focus will be on how to recognise these types of websites
  • Summer: pupils will focus on programming using ‘2Code’ from Purple Mash. Pupils will be able to tell the computer what to do by giving it commands to which it will respond

 

Topics covered in Year 4 include:

History-Viking Invaders
The Mayans
Geography-Our City
Maps and the local environment
PSHE-Who am I Inside Out?
How can I be mentally healthy?
What are good learners like?
What should I do with uncomfortable feelings?
What should we do about bullying?
Who am I going to be? (SRE unit)
RE/Philosophy-Should we choose to be charitable?
Is Peace possible?
What makes a good teacher?

Other Information

Please ensure that your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day. If you hear your child read at home, please encourage your child to write a short note in their purple diary. This is so we can keep track of the books they’re reading and the regularity of reading outside of school. Teachers are available on the playground in the mornings and in the afternoon for a quick chat, please feel free to ask any questions or raise any concerns that you may have. Should you need a longer conversation, we are happy to have a discussion but please make an appointment at the office. If pupils would like to bring a water bottle to school, they may do so.

Any money which is sent in should be sealed in an envelope. Please write your child’s name and class on it and the amount which is enclosed.

Gov.UK

The national curriculum

Key stage 1 and 2
(Gov.uk - Childcare and parenting)

Gov.UK

National curriculum in England

primary curriculum (key stages 1 and 2)

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