Spelling and Grammar (SPaG)
There will be daily SPaG and handwriting activities in Year 4 set as morning work, focused on the week's spellings and also progressing through the prescribed grammar for Year 4. This will also include revision of Year 3 grammar concepts.
Spellings homework will be set on Fridays and is to be handed in on Wednesdays to allow for marking before the weekly test on Friday.
Children will continue with the home reading scheme in Year 4. We encourage children to read for 10-15 minutes daily, reading to an adult as often as possible. We appreciate this is not always necessary for extended periods with more able readers but children should be heard to help increase fluency, expression and also discussion of new vocabulary.
There will be weekly guided reading session in Year 4, and we also have a volunteer reader twice a week.
There are lots of super creative writing opportunities in Year 4, including: adventure stories, poetry, character description, non-chronological reports, newspaper reports and explanations. We have lots of fun with our writing and often link it into our topics.
At Weare, we fully embrace the 'Mastery Approach' and follow the White Rose Maths Hub scheme of learning, which focuses on establishing mathematical understanding progressing through concrete, pictorial and abstract learning. This helps the children to develop a deeper understanding of the maths they are doing in order to more fluently manipulate numbers and be confident in reasoning and solving problems.
We are very keen to develop numeracy skills and so spend lots of time on times tables. We run a class challenge, which involves a timestable test each Wednesday morning and another mental maths challenge on Tuesday morning - the children can win a Double Crown certificate if they achieve both of these challenges. Keep practising!
Maths Homework is given out on Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.
Some of the topics in Year 4 include: Rainforests, the Romans and Christmas Around The World, as well as other relevant items which may occur during the year.
A topic homework project will be given to the children based around the term's topic. They will have several week's to complete the tasks, they can choose which activities they would like to do based on a point system. Further details will follow shortly.
French is taught on Thursday mornings by Mr. Sage.
Year 4 children all learn to play the violin. Mrs. Hawthorne will teach this on Wednesday afternoons.
P.E is on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings - sessions are led by Mrs Hael and Mr Coggins. Full P.E. kit must be in school at all times, although they will wear their kit home on a Wednesday and can come into school on Thursday in their kit (they will change back into their uniform on Thursday after PE).