Year 4 2023 - 2024
Welcome to year 4!
We are really looking forward to the year ahead.
We will add to this blog throughout the year to give you a flavour of the many great things the children will be doing.
Meet the team:
Miss Watts and Miss Gotham are the class teachers in year 4. Mrs Delamere and Mrs McEvoy are the teaching assistants working within the year group.
Our curriculum this term:
Come and See
Our first Come and See RE topic is called People. We are looking at the family tree of Jesus, including Abraham, Jacob, Ruth and King David. We will be learning about some of the important people in the Bible. We will explore our callings and learn about the sacrament of Confirmation and in the lead up to Christmas, we will prepare for His coming and the wonderful gifts Jesus brings. We will also explore another faith when we study Judaism.
In English, we are studying Philip Pullman’s version of Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp. We are using this as an opportunity to develop well chosen, powerful vocabulary and make use of this within a wide range of sentences. We are building up to an exciting independent write at the end of this topic. We will then read A Roman Story and link our English work to our area of study in history.
Our maths work will be focussed upon building our knowledge of place value (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones) including within addition and subtraction. We will then be making use of this learning in a range of problem solving and reasoning activities. We will be developing our understanding of multiplication and division and using the inverse to check calculations. We will explore perimeter and symmetry, and classify a wider range of geometric shapes
We also hold daily counting sessions where we revisit number bonds and work on fluency of all times tables. We will be working on the full range of times table throughout year 4.
Our science unit is about states of matter. We will be looking closely at the properties of solids, liquids and gasses. Alongside this we will we looking at how these states change, including the evaporation, melting and condensation.
For our geography unit we will be carrying out a range of fieldwork within the local area, looking at maps on different scales and making use of keys. We will be comparing our local area with the city of Liverpool.
For our British history unit, we will be looking at the Roman Empire and the impact it had on Britain.
We are focused upon drawing for our first art topic. We’ll use different techniques to draw and shade, adding shadows and highlights to objects drawn at different scales. We will be creating our own still life compositions.
In Spanish we are focussing upon core conversational vocabulary, including asking and answering questions about our names, ages and feelings.
In design and technology, we will explore a range of complex shell structures and then use this to design and make our own gift boxes.
In computing we will be focussing on networks and will look at how computers interact with each other over both local networks and the wider internet. As always, we will introduce elements of online safety information and build on this throughout the year.
In music, we are learning to play the drums this term. We are learning to create rhythm patterns and understand pulse and tempo.
You, Me, Everyone
In our You, Me, Everyone lessons, we will be learning about the importance of expressing our own feelings and how to look after our mental health. We will also learn about how we should all be accepted and respected and the importance of sleep to a healthy lifestyle.
For PE we are aiming to learn a range of invasion games and activities that get us moving whilst revisiting elements of throwing, catching and tactics. Our key focus is to make sure we are as active as possible throughout each PE lesson.
Things to Remember
- Please ensure all items, but especially coats, jumpers and lunchboxes, are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
- Please can you ensure your child brings a waterproof coat each day to school - one can be left on their peg if you prefer.
- Children need to bring their water bottle in every day. These need to be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
- School is not currently selling any snacks at break time. Please consider sending your child in with a healthy snack.
- Children will bring a reading book home every Thursday and this needs to be returned on the Monday.
- Children will take spellings home every Thursday and they need to return their spelling books back to school on Wednesday for their spelling check.
We look forward to continuing to work with you all this term. Please contact any member of the Year 4 team if you require any further information. If you need to speak to us on the yard after school, we ask that you kindly wait until we have seen all the children safely to their parent or carer. After this, we will be more than happy to chat. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the school office via phone or email.
Thank you once again for your continued support.
The Year 4 Team