Hello and a warm welcome to Year Four at Hambleton Primary Academy, here we hope you find everything you need to know about us!
So just what can you expect if you have a child in Year Four? 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. However, in Year Four we have lots of exciting opportunities. In October, Year Four will be performing a play “Mystery at Magpie Manor” we will also be busy rehearsing for our Dance ready for our performance at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool in November.
In Year Four we follow the Key Skills Curriculum which is a very creative approach based on the National Curriculum that makes sure the children learn and develop skills appropriate for their year group. We will be working hard to develop our existing skills as well as learning lots of new and exciting things this year too.
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. 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.
Year Four is also an important year regarding Times Tables. There is an expectation (and Government Set Multiplication Test) that by the summer term, 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 Times table Rockstars regularly.
We also study some great science topics that children love, such as: practically learning about our digestive systems, sound, electricity and gases. Fun and engaging History and Geography topics are also taught in Year Four. They will learn all about The Tudors, The Mayan civilisation whereby we will have a visitor come into school to teach us more about the Mayan people, the environment including volcanoes and earthquakes and we will continue to build upon our knowledge of the UK. These will be taught wherever possible through stories/text books and cross curricular teaching 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.
Homework is set each Friday with spellings to learn ready to be tested the following Friday, a short reading comprehension, and they are expected to access Times table Rockstars at least 4 times during the week as well as regularly reading which is recorded on the new Go Read app.
So that’s it —Year 4 at a glance. We hope the children have a lovely, happy and most of all FUN year.
Miss Abbott and Mrs Parkinson