Mount Stewart Infant and Junior schools are working together in a Hard Federation known as The Mount Stewart Schools.

Year 4

Year 4 Parents’ Meeting Presentation Slides – Wednesday 14th September 2016

Overviews

Autumn Term 1
Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1
Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1
Summer Term 2

 

Summer 2017 Termly Review

Literacy

The children will continue to work in topic based units each lasting 2-3 weeks. These will include work on issues and dilemmas, recounts, persuasive writing, report writing and poetry that develops their creativity and imagination. Most of the work on issues and dilemmas will be based on issues such as bullying, friendship and self- confidence found in the book (Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley.) We will be studying this book as a class in Guided Reading. The children will focus on learning how to write detailed descriptions of characters from the book (including speech, actions, appearance and personality traits) and diary writing from a character’s perspective. We will also focus on how to create suspense and atmosphere in creative writing. With reports the children will be learning how to assess their own progress this year, their strengths and weaknesses and how they need to improve and will then be writing their own versions of their end of year reports.

 

   The emphasis will be on extended pieces of writing, particularly in creative writing, where the children will be encouraged to complete whole stories/ pieces in a set period of time. The children will be learning about how to structure their writing, particularly the use of paragraphs, and how to ensure their stories are lively, with interesting plots.

 

   Grammar will continue to take a central role. We will continue to concentrate on using interesting, powerful vocabulary, adverbs, clauses and general punctuation. We will also reinforce the use of direct and indirect speech, and apostrophes (both possessive and in shortened words.)

 

 Throughout the term we will include drama and focus on improving speaking and listening skills.

 Guided Reading will continue as before this term (after Krindlekrax,) placing a heavy emphasis on reading for enjoyment, and developing inference and deduction skills. Spellings will continue as before.

Comprehension and research will be linked to our humanities topic “Roman Britain” this term. With comprehension the emphasis will be on completing detailed answers. We find that many children often only include some of the relevant information from texts. With this in mind, your continued support with hearing your children read regularly is invaluable. If you regularly ask them questions about the stories that they have read, and discuss their opinions about the events in stories, why a character behaves in a certain way, what they predict will happen next etc, they will have the necessary skills required to do well in comprehension activities.

Recommended Reading List – Years 3, 4 and 5

Mathematics

Each group will continue to have four daily maths lessons each week. The same areas of maths will continue to be covered by each group in varying degrees.

This half term we have begun with work on statistics, this has focused on creating and interpreting bar charts, pictograms, tally charts and line graphs and applying this knowledge to worded problems. The children will also continue to learn how to read Roman numerals up to 100.

We will continue to cover aspects of work on counting, partitioning and calculating using mental and written strategies. The children will be using multiplication table knowledge extensively. In shape and space the children will be introduced to area, perimeter, 3d shapes and co-ordinates and learn how to translate shapes.

  

Science/DT

During the first half we will continue to study States of Matter. During the second half term we will study ‘Sound’, then ‘Habitats.’ Where possible full use will be made of our outside environment.

 In Design Technology pupils will be completing their lamps. This will consist of a circuit fitted into a cuboid.

Humanities/RE/PE/Music

This term, Year 4 will continue to study Roman Britain. This unit covers research skills, and we use a variety of resources including artefacts and drama. We have linked our art topic on mosaics to humanities.

 Linked to The Romans, the children will be asked to complete their own independent research on two or more aspects of life in Roman Britain, and produce a project/ poster/ 3 D model. We will be sharing the work produced within class and across the school.

In RE pupils will continue to study Christianity.

Enrichment Activities

All children will continue to enjoy the weekly ‘Music’s Cool’ programme run by Brent Music Service learning how to play ukuleles.

 Children will participate in a Roman drama workshop.

 An inter class year four football competition will take place in the first half term and an inter class year four cricket competition in the second half term.

 As part of RE class trips to a Greek church will be organised.

 As part of our studies on Habitats a trip to Whipsnade Wildlife Park has been organised in July. This will include an hour’s work shop for each class in the Park’s Discovery Centre. More details will follow.

Helping and Supporting your Children in Year 4

We believe that home and school working together can really help your child. Here are some approaches and ideas that you may find useful. We fully appreciate that time is often in short supply, and all of these ideas can’t be used all of the time.

Please click here for Learning Tips for Parents

Reading

Teachers say that promoting reading at home is the most important way that parents can help their child. Please make sure that your child has regular reading practice and check they understand what they read. Discuss the plots together, what will happen next etc. Discuss the meanings of words in the text etc. Regular practice will help your child with comprehension work in class.

Handwriting and spelling.

It’s easier to get into good handwriting habits early on than to correct poor writing later, when the pressure of schoolwork is greater. The same goes for spelling. Help your child to see writing and spelling skills not only as fun, but as something important and to be proud of:-

Help children that find spelling challenging by writing words and sentences for them to copy. All children will be helped by using the “Look, Say, Copy, Write, and Check.” approach to learning words.

Emphasise the links between drawing and writing, and make sure your child always signs finished artwork. Please try to help your child to make their letters even and not use loops.

Encourage your child to be inspired by examples of beautiful handwriting in museums, galleries and books.

Please help your child by discussing their handwriting when they complete their weekly spelling sentences. How can they improve? Are the letters in the correct position on the line? Are the differences between capital and small letters clearly shown? Is the writing a good size/ and not too dark or light? Regular checks will make a big difference!

Writing

Encourage personal writing such as a journal, diary or even a blog.

Ask them to write letters, shopping lists, write a recount of somewhere they went, a book or film review. It doesn’t have to be difficult or lengthy – Just provide them with a range of opportunities, and make it fun! Let the children type their work from time to time.

Talk through ideas with your children before they write. Get them to try and plan how they are going to approach a subject. Encourage them to read through their work, shaping their sentences, making them clear and effective. Please help them make up interesting sentences for their weekly spellings, and then discuss their punctuation with them. Particularly capital letters and full stops!

Numeracy

Practical every day maths can really benefit your child. Whatever their ability try to involve them in everyday activities where you can. These may include:-Weighing and measuring whilst cooking. Working out prices/ bills whilst shopping. Reading timetables- working out which bus/train to get the length of a journey etc. Timing activities. Puzzles and games involving patterns and logic. Try to help them see that maths is involved in most aspects of life.

Mental arithmetic

Your children will make much faster progress in maths generally if they know their multiplication tables. Please help them to regularly practice. This can be aided by tapes and games. Giving them ‘Quick fire’ mental arithmetic questions can really develop their confidence and speed. In the car on the way to school, in the supermarket where ever is convenient. Your participation is the important thing! Little and often and making it fun can make all the difference.

Thank you for your support. The Year 4 Team.