Winning House Team
Meet the Year 4 Team
Class Teacher: Mrs Katie Houlden
TA: Mrs Lauren Ransome
Student Teacher: Miss Carter
Welcome to Year 4
Our usual PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays. However, we do like to make sure the children are prepared, just in case the timetable changes.
Indoor kit: White T-shirt, blue shorts
Outdoor kit: White T-shirt, blue jogging bottoms/leggings, blue hoodie/zipped jumper, trainers/black pumps
Year 4 Curriculum
We aim to deliver child-led learning through our topic work. At the beginning of the academic year, the children stated they would like to learn more about the Tudors and Ancient Greeks, along with a multitude of other exciting ideas.
Therefore, this year, the children will have the exciting topics of Circus Spectacular, Us Against the World, Light and Dark, Survival, Terrible Tudors and The Ancient Greeks. We are really exciting as a staff team to have been given these topics by the children!
Reading: We set the high expectation of daily reads (following our school homework policy). This needs to be a high-quality read (ideally with an adult twice a week). These sessions don’t need to be lengthy, but purposeful and enjoyable for all. At parents’ evening, we will send home some question prompt sheets. Please do use these as having conversations about the text is where the learning truly happens.
Spellings: In school, we follow the No Nonsense spelling programme where children get taught sessions on spelling patterns, homophones and common exception words. We send home 10 spellings a week, derived from the in-house learning. The children are asked to learn how to spell the words, and also how to use them in context.
In the test, two of the given words are picked at random for the children to put into a sentence and spell correctly. Please take time playing with the English language. Some of these words can be tricky to understand if they haven’t been put into context.
Maths: All children have an access code to our Activelearn account. The children are set weekly games which complement their Maths learning. In Year 4, we often send home a written sheet as our children do enjoy the extra challenge.
TT Rockstars: Year 4 is the year where learning of multiplication facts counts! Not only will acquiring these important number facts set your mathematician up for faster recall of mental facts, but there is a statutory multiplication test in the summer term of Year 4. The children will be working on the acquisition of these facts throughout the year. However, chanting these in the bath or as you walk to school would be hugely beneficial!
The children in our class love singing, dancing and moving! We use Go Noodle and BBC Supermovers to allow them to be active more frequently, while being relevant to their learning. We link this movement to key areas within the curriculum and specifically the recall of multiples!
Hit the Button
Hit the Button has been a huge hit with Instant Recall facts! Give it a go. It’s loads of fun.
All the children have a TT Rockstars account. This gives them further opportunities to practise their tables. This is very important as Year 4 children have statutory tests at the end of the academic year.