Year 4

Mathematics

In Year 4, children learn how to

  • Partition 4-digit numbers
  • Round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100
  • Use mental and written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Solve measure problems using cm, mm, m, km
  • Identify and sort 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Recognise equivalent decimals and fractions in shapes and quantities
  • Read the time to the nearest minute on analogue and digital time
  • Show results using tables, Venn and Carroll diagrams

We use:

  • Abacus and Cambridge maths text books as well as online resources to deliver our maths curriculum
  • We liaise with our Inclusion Manager to provide 1-1 maths support for children needing additional support
  • Children are expected to learn their times tables up to 10 x 10

English

Children continue to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a range of genres and using a range of resources, including the following:

Reading

The children use:

  • Haydn Richards text books
  • Nelson English
  • Password English
  • Comprehension Success
  • Sets of age appropriate texts (guided reading)
  • Rigby Navigator (guided reading)

We run a Reading for Meaning group as an intervention for children who need reading comprehension support

Reading volunteers support children who need additional reading practise

Writing

The children use:

  • Newspaper articles
  • Information texts
  • Explanatory texts
  • Poetry
  • Stories from other cultures
  • Stories with historical settings
  • Stories set in imaginary worlds

They are taught to:

  • Use paragraphs
  • Use nouns, pronouns, suffixes, prefixes, apostrophes, adverbials, speech marks
  • Check their work

Speaking & Listening

Children regularly participate in drama activities and present their writing in class and to a wider audience during assemblies.

The use of good listening skills are demonstrated and practised daily.

Religious Education

In Year 4 the children focus on Christianity and Buddhism:

Christianity

  • Children learn about the importance of pilgrimage and the parables of Jesus.  They continue to learn about the meaning of Christian festivals as they occur during the school year

Buddhism

  • Children learn the symbols connected with Buddhism, the impact of the Buddhist faith on the lives of believers and the significance of suffering

Physical Education

Dance

  • Children learn to work together, responding appropriately to pieces of music and creating dance sequences

Games

  • The skills of good team work are taught as children play net/wall games (basketball)

Gymnastics

  • Balance, control and coordination skills are developed during gymnastics lessons

Science

Our Science topics are Electricity, the Human Body and Plants and Animal Adaptation:

Electricity

  • Children learn how to make and label a circuit.  They reflect on the dangers of electricity

The Human Body

  • Understanding the importance of skeletons and the function of muscles are areas children learn

Plants and Animal Adaptation

  • Children learn how plants and animals adapt over time and the importance of habitats

Geography

The Environment

Children learn about the environment by:

  • Becoming proactive citizens and making positive changes to their environment are skills children continue to develop in Year 4.
  • Understanding the importance of The Nile and rivers on peoples’ way of life
  • Making their own island with its own unique landscape

History

Children learn about

  • Egypt, its rulers, belief system and the importance of life after death
  • The Tudors, Henry VIII’s wives and the establishment of The Church of England

ICT

Children learn:

  • Data Handling and how to present their information efficiently
  • Film animation and how to use storyboards to plan a sequence of events
  • Sound recording and how to combine audio and visual clips
  • Scratch as a simple method of programming

PSHEE

Children are encouraged to become active citizens in the school community.  As well as participating in the school gardens and visiting the local library, they learn:

  • How to make and maintain friends
  • Road safety
  • The risks associated with alcohol and tobacco
  • How to set their own learning goals

Art

Our art topics include these areas:

  • Textiles (sewing handkerchiefs and shoes)
  • Painting
  • Line drawings

Design & Technology

  • Children create objects using a circuit
  • Children make an island

Educational Visit

Our visits are tailored to suit our curriculum connectors.  Year 4 have visited these places to enrich their learning:

  • The British Museum
  • The National Portrait Gallery
  • Holy Innocents Church
  • Stroud Green Library

Modern Foreign Languages (by Carolyn )