Meet the staff
Class Teacher: Mrs R. Gudgeon & Mrs S. Smillie
Teaching Assistant: Mrs K. Richmond, Miss E. Stone, Miss D. Windsor
Year 4 is a great year where children will continue to develop their passion for learning whilst being challenged and enthused. Throughout this year, children will have the opportunity to learn how to play the guitar and perform in a musical concert. They will also have weekly swimming lessons and learn how to lead healthy lifestyles with the Blackpool FC Community Trust’s ‘Fit2Go’ programme.
Homework is set on Friday and should be returned to school by the following Friday. Spellings are tested on Friday and your child should aim to make good progress through the scheme on a weekly basis by learning their spellings carefully - that is how to spell the words as well as their meaning.
PE is on Tuesday morning – but PE kit should be in school every day and taken home for washing during holidays. Children will also need their PE kits on Thursday afternoon for Fit2Go sessions (Sept to Oct).
Children are expected to check their own book bags – these are no longer checked by an adult in school.
Children may bring a named bottle of water (no larger than 500ml) to drink at school. They may refill the bottle if necessary, but staff are unable to take responsibility for this, or for washing the bottles. Water is always available in class.
We use Class Dojo to share pictures of what we are learning in the classroom and any extra information specific to year 4.
Every day follows a similar pattern with a strong emphasis on English and maths in the morning and other subjects being taught in the afternoon. Children are expected to maintain a high standard of work in all lessons, and to put all their learning into practise at all times.
Children learn reading (including comprehension), writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting in English lessons. All texts are carefully chosen to interest the children in the class and are often used to stimulate writing.
Further details of the English curriculum covered can be found on the whole year curriculum overview and on the overview which is sent home every term.
As part of the daily maths lesson children learn different skills and strategies to help them tackle a variety of problems and to use their reasoning skills effectively. They are encouraged to explain their answers using practical apparatus as well as drawing and, during the year, deepen their understanding of formal methods of calculation.
Children are expected to know all their multiplication up to 10 x 12 and related division facts by the end of the year. The should know them so well that they can answer questions such as ‘What would I multiply 7 by to get the answer 21?’and ‘ ‘96 divided by 12 is …’.Children are encouraged to practise their multiplication tables at home and in school regularly.
As far as possible subjects such as History, Geography, Art, DT and Music are linked through our topic. We will start off finding out about the ‘Rotten Romans’. We will have a class trip and also our “Beach Weeks’ where we will go our local beach to do art as well as look at environmental issues and learn about our sea coast.
Science is usually taught as a separate subject although links are made to the rest of the curriculum where possible. Topics covered in year 4 are: Living Things and their Habitats, Electricity, States of Matter, Animals (including humans) and Sound.
Children build on the skills learnt in year 3. Topics covered include safe use of the internet, and programming Ozibots and Scratch. Children in year 4 will each have a Google Drive account set up where they will be taught word processing skills using Google Docs and Forms.
They will also learn about and use the FCAT core values:
PRIDE, AMBITION, RESPECT, RESILIENCE, INTEGRITY and EXCELLENCE .
Year 4 Curriculum Overview