Year 4

A Typical Day in Year 4

We aim to create innovative well rounded class members who work well as individuals and within a group. We work hard to develop your child’s skills and nurture their talents to enable them to achieve high. Our curriculum is well supported by visits and trips to create engaging learning experiences for all.

8.45 – 9.00am: Arrival and Registration

Children arrive in class at 8:45am. They are able to use this time to read for pleasure.

9.00 – 9.45am: Guided reading, spelling and grammar work

Children work to develop their reading fluency, comprehension, spelling strategies and grammar use.

9:45 – 10:30am: English

Pupils work on a range of texts and writing skills set as tasks. They also undertake a range of activities to encourage both understanding and responses to text. Pupils are well supported in class by a strong team of teaching assistants.

10:30 – 10.45: Break

Pupils are given in a healthy snack each day and provided with a drink. During this time staff offer time to support pupils with homework and reading.

10:45 – 11:15: Mental Maths

Children practise their mental calculation skills including multiplication tables, doubling, halving and number bonds.

11:15 – 12:15pm: Maths

Children remain in their sets for the main session and are taught according to the NC 2014. All equipment is provided.

12.15 – 12.55pm: Lunchtime

Children having packed lunch eat in their classrooms under teaching assistant supervision. Those having academy dinner eat in the main hall. All children hand their money to the class teacher each morning..

12.55 – 1.15pm: Afternoon registration and class-book read
1.15 – 1.30pm: Assembly
1.30 – 3.00pm: Afternoon lesson

Afternoon lessons include Science, Topic (Geography/History), PE, Music, Computing and Art.

RE, PSHEE and DT are taught as whole school subject days.


Homework

As per the homework policy, children in Year 4 will be set a short English and Maths task each week. Staff are available every break time should your child require any extra help.

Reading

Each week, children in Year 4 are expected to read at least 5 times to (or in the presence of) an adult/older sibling. Regular reading of a variety of texts not only widens your child’s vocabulary and comprehension skills but supports their ability to become an effective writer.

Please help your child by checking that they understand the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary and by asking them questions about what they have read, including going beyond the literal meaning. Here are a few examples:

  • What do you think will happen next? Why?
  • How did the story begin? What happened in the middle? How did it end?
  • What was the main feeling in the story (e.g. Was it happy, sad…?) and why was this so?
  • Did you learn any new words from this story, if so what?

Homework diaries are checked weekly and rewards are given to children who read to an adult at home regularly.

Spelling

Each Monday children will be given spellings to learn for a test on Friday. These will be written in their spelling record book, which has space for 3 practise sessions. Each column should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and each should be completed on a different day in order to effectively support your child in learning to spell.

In addition to this, children are encouraged to practice their spellings in whatever way suits their learning style, whether that be by writing them in different styles, using mnemonics or by using them to write a song or story.

Multiplication tables

By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know all of the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12, including the associated division facts. To increase mathematical fluency, children will regularly practice their times tables in different ways during the academy day and should aim to practice the relevant times table at least 3 times a week at home in order to support this.

Home topic project

Every half term children will be set a home project to complete in collaboration with members of their family. Children will be provided with a list of projects to pick from and will have the rest of the half term to complete it.


Responsibilities

Year 4 pupils wanting extra responsibility can apply to become Eco Warriors, Council Representatives and members of the Learning team. Each class also has a set of monitors to encourage a sense of responsibility towards their learning environment.

Residential

Year 4 are given the opportunity to go on a residential trip. At Edward Worlledge we run two trips for years 3/4 which we alternate each year. This year 2017-2018 the residential trip is to Horstead Activity Centre where pupils will stay in dormitories and participate in a number of activities, including; climbing, archery, kayaking to name a few. For this trip the children leave the academy on Wednesday 2nd May and return on Friday 4th May.