So just what can you expect if you have a child in Year 4? They already know the routines for the Juniors; they already do homework; they already understand that they are expected to learn a lot in a year.
How can I help my child in Year 4?
Carry on reading together
For English, the single most important thing that you can do is to hear your child read. Good readers make good writers because they are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and style. During these uncertain times, we are unable to send home reading books. However, your child has access to (online) Bug Club whereby they can access books suitable for their reading level. We will listen to children read throughout the school week and regularly check that they have understood what they are reading. If ready, they will then be moved to the next reading level.
In maths there is an expectation that by the end of Year 4 all times tables are known and learnt fluently. Anything you can do to help that knowledge go in and stay in is fantastic.
- Practise regularly and go back and repeat tables, previously practised.
- Sing tables in the car; at mealtimes; before bed; walking the dog; at any spare minute!
- Put a poster at the end of their bed.
- Download an app to practise on a laptop or tablet. Access Timestable Rockstars.
In Year 4 there are some great science topics that children love, such as: food chains, sound, electricity and gases. Fun and engaging History and Geography topics are also taught in Year 4. They will learn all about The Romans, the environment including volcanoes and earthquakes and the UK. These will be taught wherever possible through stories/text books to help fire the imagination and ensure that children remember.
Overall, perhaps the single most important aspect of this year is children’s increasing independence and confidence in what they can achieve at school. Your child will need to make decisions on how to present work, how and when to complete homework and also how to learn best.
Children often ask questions and we will encourage them to think for themselves too: Could they answer the question themselves? Can they make that choice? If they can, then they are learning skills which are vital for Year 5, Year 6 and adult life. That is how their learning changes from the beginning to the end of the year!
So that’s it —Year 4 at a glance. We hope the children have a lovely, happy and most of all FUN year.