Welcome to the Comets class page. We are looking forward to a busy year and we have some really exciting topics ahead. Comets class are lucky to have our LKS2 teaching assistants working with them supporting their learning. We have lots of enthusiasm and are looking forward to the year ahead. Please feel free to come and talk to Mr Kane if you have any questions.

  • Meet the Team

    Mr Thom Kane

    Year 4 Class Teacher

    Mrs Leanne Hall

    LKS2 Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Chloe Vacietis

    LKS2 Teaching Assistant

    Miss Fiona Stewart

    LKS2 Teaching Assistant

  • Our Class Routines

    PE days

    Please come to school in your PE kits on Monday for indoor PE and Tuesday for outdoor PE.

  • Our Curriculum

    In Year 4 our Cornerstones topics this year are:

    • Traders and Raiders
    • Potions
    • Burps, Bottoms and Bile
    • I am Warrior!
    • Winding River

     

    What will my child do in Year 4?

    As in all other year groups, Year 4 follow the National Curriculum set out by the government. Children will access the full range of curriculum subjects. Generally speaking, reading, writing and maths will be taught daily; geography, history, art and design, music and computing will be taught in blocks to match the topics listed above, and PSHE, RE, science and Languages will be taught at least fortnightly across the year. At HCP, we strive to make teaching and learning personalised, exciting and creative.

     

    The curriculum for English in Year 4

    In Year 4, we enjoy a learning about a range of text types through the use of fiction, non-fiction and picture books. We often use short video clips to inspire writing too. Your child’s enjoyment and understanding of language is crucial in supporting their reading and writing and the use of different stimuli encourages children’s fluency as readers, their ability as writers and their comprehension. They will also continue to hone their writing skills through short burst writing and lengthier published pieces.

     

    Here are some of the books we plan to use this year:

    How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
    King of the Cloud Forest – Michael Morpurgo
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
    A Journey Through the Digestive System – Emily Sohn

     

    This academic year we are implementing a new approach to the teaching of phonics and reading; these changes in our reading approach this year will impact predominantly on teaching and learning in Early Years and KS1, however any changes for KS2 reading are explained in an additional booklet for parents, which will be sent out shortly.

     

    By the end of Year 4, children’s reading and writing should be sufficiently fluent for them to manage the general demands of the curriculum across all subjects. They should be able to reflect their understanding of the purpose and audience of their writing by selecting appropriate vocabulary and grammar.

     

    In Year 4, children’s confidence, enjoyment, and mastery of language will be extended through public speaking, performance, and debate.

     

    The curriculum for maths in Year 4

    In Year 4, children will be consolidating and developing their learning from Year 3. There will be a large focus on place value and number, ensuring that children are now confident with place value beyond one thousand as well as being able to use a written method for each of the four functions. They will learn about different units of measure, fractions, properties of shape and statistics.

     

    At this stage, children should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems using both written and mental methods of calculation. Times tables will be heavily focused upon this year as there will be a times table check at the end of the year. Children need to be able to recall all of their times tables, up to 12 x 12, with speed.

     

    By the end of Year 4, children should be confident using written methods for all four operations, and in working with fractions and decimals. They should be able to use the correct mathematical vocabulary to describe their working.

  • Celebrating our Learning
  • Our Home Learning

    The expectation for homework in Year 4 will begin with regular use of Times Tables Rockstars to practise times tables. Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. In addition, they will need to practise spellings on Spelling Shed, as spelling and word knowledge are key components in the process of learning to read and write. Spelling Shed makes the acquisition of these key skills fun and engaging for pupils. The game aspect of Spelling Shed ensures children are engaged and eager to practise their spellings regularly. The low-stakes games, quizzes and reward systems ensure that children find spelling fun.

     

    There is also an expectation that the children read at least four times a week and record their reading in their reading records. The children who do this will be issued with a raffle ticket with a chance to win a special prize at the end of each half term.

     

    (logins for Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars are stuck in the front of reading records)

  • Parent Zone

    To support your child at home you could try the following websites:

    • www.kidrex.org - Kidrex is a child-friendly version of Google which has stronger filters to protect your children when searching the internet.

     

    In Year 3 we used an app on our iPads to help practise our knowledge of multiplication. It can be found in the AppStore and is called "Times Table Clock" if you wish to download it. The cost of this app is £1.49.

    You can also practice the Multiplication Check on - https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/.

    Please let us know if there are any other websites or apps that you use at home. We can add these to our website for other parents and children to enjoy too.