Welcome to Year 4
The Year 4 team are fifty six fantastic children and Miss Hinton, Mrs Allmark, Mr Lucas, Mrs Ellis, Miss Capron - Tee, Mrs Tolley, Mrs Bacon, Mrs Smith, Mrs Bridges and Mrs Hirst.
In Key Stage 2 we use the White Rose Hub Maths plans. We follow a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to learning in maths.
Children should practice Times Tables regularly at home. They can use their login in to access TT Rockstars at home as well as at school. This year we have also subscribed to Doodlemaths which the children can access at home.
In Key Stage 2 children read a whole class text and develop their reading skills by discussing the text and working on retrieval, inference, deduction, viewpoint, vocabulary and author choice challenges. This year we are starting with "The Enemy" a book about peace by Davide Cali.
We read non fiction texts as part of our Mantle work [for instance this autumn term we are reading at WWI using the dkfindout website] and every week we take delivery of the First News newspaper. News stories from this publication with comprehension questions are sent home for homework. Children may also borrow books from our library - every Wednesday 3pm - 3.30pm.
All KS2 children choose a book from our library which they read during reading time. Additionally, there are regular story times where the teacher reads to the children.
Some children need extra 1:1 reading practice and do this as part of our Reading Champions programme with Mrs Coldwell and Mrs Robinson.
Mrs Coldwell also works with groups of children on Reciprocal Reading where children improve their comprehension skills.
We follow the Year 4 curriculum to learn the technical aspects of writing. We use starting points such as "Once Upon A Picture". We use DADWAVERS [see The Literacy Shed] and Alan Peat's sentence types to support our narrative writing. Our writing is often linked to the work we do in Mantle; we write to entertain, inform and persuade as described by Michael Tidd on his website.
We are constantly developing our vocabulary and handwriting by using the Vocabulary Ninja's ideas,
https://vocabularyninja.wordpress.com/ Word Aware and the No Nonsense Spelling programme.
Children can practice spelling at home by using the free Spellingframe website.