In Year 4 our Cornerstones topics this year are:
- Traders and Raiders
- 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.