Curriculum – Year 4
Year Group Overview
In Year 4 we continue to develop our skills, knowledge and understanding across a wide range of new and exciting topics in the Autumn term.
Our new topic in history involves studying ‘The Roman Republic’ and ‘The Roman Empire’ which the children are finding fascinating. In Geography we have been finding out about the river Rhine and how humans use it. In science, we have studied the states of matter and really enjoyed making our own ice cream! We will move onto ‘Animals including Humans’ and find out what happens to food and drink as it enters our bodies.
We will be celebrating our creative skills during art week by creating a self-portrait inspired by Andy Warhol. Look out for updates of our creations on Twitter and the school website.
This term we will be enjoying improving our throwing and catching skills during dodgeball and handball lessons with a whole year group tournament taking place at the end of every half term. We have created exciting Roman dances and will be improving our gymnastic skills in the second half term.
As we move into the second part of the Autumn term, we will begin by making a Mediterranean inspired dish during DT week and finding out how populations differ from place to place in Geography. In Computing, we will learn about repeated loops in coding which the children are really excited about.
Our scheduled PE days will be Monday and Thursday so please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school on these days.
Finally, we will also be continuing to work hard to improve our times tables fluency in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) which all Year 4 children across the country will complete later this term. Please refer to specific MTC information on this Year 4 page which includes a letter with more details and options for practice at home.
For further information related to our curriculum and learning please see our subject specific pages.
Homework in Year 4
New homework is given out on Mondays. The homework relates to maths and English work that we have done in school. In addition, children are asked to complete times tables and spellings tasks. We ask that this is given in to the class teacher on a Friday so that it can be marked. We suggest that weekly homework should take no longer than 30 minutes. If you are struggling with homework, stop after this time and let your teacher know.
All children should read with someone at home for 15 minutes each night and Reading Records must be signed and dated. These should be sent into school every Thursday so children can be heard read and the books changed. Some children will take home a Read Write Inc book and a reading for pleasure book.
Download: Year 3 & 4 Statutory Spelling List [PDF]
As you may be aware, all children in Year 4 will complete a Multiplication Tables Check in the summer term. This test will determine whether they can recall their times tables fluently. The test is completed on a laptop or tablet and consists of 25 random times tables questions which the children have 6 seconds to answer.
There are a number of online platforms which mirror the format of the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) and allow children to become familiar with how to complete the test. This letter contains a numbers of online platforms for practising times tables.
Download: Year 4 Times Table Letter [PDF]