4JG - Mr Jones & Mrs Gardiner - supported by Mr Crawforth, Mr Chapman, Mrs Ware & Mrs Graham
4R - Miss Reynolds supported by Mrs Burt
4B - Miss Bishop - supported by Mrs Brown
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Autumn Term 2020
Autumn term in Year 4 is an exciting time! The children are now well established Key Stage two-ers and have a brilliant year ahead of them.
We understand that returning to school after such a period away may make both pupils and parents feel anxious, but we would like to assure you that we will do everything we can to support this process. Once children return to school in September, we will be teaching a robust recovery curriculum, rooted in assessment, focusing on ensuring any gaps in knowledge from the previous Year's Programme of Study are plugged. Alongside this we will be working carefully on pupil wellbeing, giving pupils the time and support to reintegrate into formal education. We welcome feedback and communication with parents and carers and would encourage you to liaise with us so we can best support your child.
Alongside our Recovery Curriculum, we start the year in the best way possible - by looking at Our Wonderful World! This area of study allows us to branch out and explore aspects of the world around us, studying climate and animals with a particular focus on building geography skills. the children will discover how weather and climate can influence habitats and adaptation within the animal kingdom, how the water cycle works and changing states of matter. Throughout the unit, we will build children's vocabulary and focus on facilitating link-making between material covered in class, previously learnt knowledge and information from other areas of the curriculum. Children will work collaboratively and develop learning behaviours, such as resilience and communication.
When we are not considering 'Our Wonderful World', we will be covering other areas in sessions including PSHE, P4C (Philosophy for Children) and Computing. Our PSHE coverage this term looks at building relationships with friends and family, and also keeping safe both online and in the real world. We will also consider media influence. Within P4C enquiries, we will look at responsibility, resilience and bias, all within a discussion framework - listening and responding to other children's thoughts and opinions and thinking about these big concepts. Our computing sessions focus on developing some 'basic skills' within Word and Powerpoint documents, amending font size and style and colours, inserting pictures, formatting documents and setting up animations and transitions. We will also look at sequencing and algorithms, with a view to introduce repetition and efficiency within our programming. Alongside all of this learning, we also have Music and French sessions, taught by our resident experts, Miss Bishop and Miss Reynolds respectively, Forest School with Mrs Osmond as well as twice weekly PE lessons - this term covering agility, balance, coordination and invasion games.
Of course, a school day will also include the core subjects of English, maths and Reading. Our English Learning Journey follows the Talk4Writing model, where we immerse ourselves in a text type, imitate it to learn the structure and features, innovate our own versions as a class with support, before independently applying our understanding on our own writing. Our English units this term cover narrative within 'Quest and 'Defeating the Monster' stories and non-fiction Information Texts.
Our daily Book Club sessions go hand in hand with our English - every week, children will spend one session reading with their teacher, one session completing comprehension questions and one session completing wider reading activities with the support of a TA and one session 'Reading for Pleasure'. Alongside this we will carry out whole class 'inference' sessions to focus on this important skill within reading.
We ask that children read books regularly, ideally daily, and ask that they complete their reading record to show what they have read. We have a reading scheme in Lower Key Stage 2, whereby Reading Points are awarded to children who read regularly, with a reward being provided at the end of term to encourage and motivate everyone to delve into books.
Our Maths coverage this term includes looking at place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (both mental and written strategies), area and statistics. Daily class sessions are based on individual assessment of each child, so every pupil will have an individual learning journey, tailored to their needs. One BIG Year 4 target is being able to recall our Times Tables - we use Times Tables Rockstars website to practice this and would encourage you to promote this at home too - all children have their own login and password and should rock out as often as they can at home!
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