Year 4

Welcome to year 4 2017-18!

We are very excited to start the year with such a fantastic team.  Ms Cheunviratsakul is teaching year 4 Quartz, Mrs Sharp Citrine class, and Miss Smith teaches Jasper.  We are also extremely fortunate to have experienced TAs and HLTAs  (Mrs Cooke, Mrs Mitzman and Mrs Harland) supporting us in our classrooms.

We start the year with our autumn topic, ‘Mountains and Rivers’, with a focus on Geography skills. To deepen your child’s understanding, it would be great if you could take them out to explore the local rivers and landscape, so that they can relate their learning in school to the world around them.  Linking with the topic, the children will then learn scientific skills and knowledge through their study of the water cycle and states of matter. Allowing your child to explore these events in everyday life, such as making a cup of tea, or looking at condensation on a window, will again help your child with their learning in class. Our first trip to Affinity Water Education Centre, also provides an opportunity for the children to understand these skills in real life and to deepen their understanding of the issues surrounding our use of water.  

As always, maths plays a key part in the year 4 curriculum and we start the term exploring our understanding of place value and number. The children will continue to build on their important reasoning skills, that they developed in year 3, which ensures that they not only can calculate an answer, but can explain why and how they have achieved this. Helping your child at home, such as practicing times tables, will ensure that your child can achieve a greater understanding of the key skills that will be taught.

We continue to develop literacy through our excellent ‘Talk for Writing project’ and start the term focusing on writing fiction stories and persuasive writing.  As always, supporting your child at home with reading, handwriting and spelling will complement their learning in school and will allow your child to achieve the best that they can. We will soon be providing opportunities for you to come into school to see how the children’s hard work and effort is paying off and we look forward to seeing you there.

We then move onto our study of American history in the spring term, focusing on the rights of specific cultures, such as the Native Americans and Pilgrims, and understanding the historical relationship with the UK.  Our science topic will focus on Living things and Animals, including humans. We will be visiting Tring College Lake where the children get to do some exciting pond dipping and investigations into the natural world.

Our summer term topic is the Egyptians and we will have an exciting opportunity to study this amazing culture through an in-depth workshop. Our science learning will focus on electricity, where the children will investigate the dangers and their knowledge of circuits and insulators.

In the summer term, we will also be providing an opportunity for children to spend an exciting night camping in school. More information will follow, but it’s always good to think ahead.

Please do look at the curriculum map provided for more details on the curriculum overview. As always, should you have any question, then please do not hesitate to ask any member of the team. We are able to take brief questions on the playground, but please do ask for an appointment should you wish to discuss any matter in more detail. Please do come and see us, as we welcome opportunities to discuss your child’s learning.