After successfully transitioning into Key Stage Two, our Year 4 pupils already know the routines for juniors and understand their role as independent learners, thinkers and decision-makers. The children are encouraged to research, plan, and revise their work more by themselves as they dig deeper into topics - setting the foundations for upper key stage two and ultimately, lifelong learning.
In maths, we follow ‘Maths - No Problem!’ which follows the National Curriculum and the Singapore maths approach - teaching maths for mastery and placing a great emphasis on developing problem-solving skills. Lessons focus on the development of fluency in core topics including place value, fractions and the four rules of number, before deepening their understanding through reasoning. Children work with numbers up to 10 000 in Year 4 and are expected to master all times tables by the end of the year.
Whole class reading takes place daily, immersing children in high-quality literature to enhance and stretch reading skills, such as vocabulary and inference, in order to deepen understanding. Our first novel, Varjak Paw by S.F. Said, has been an instant hit and the children have been sucked into a world of mystery, secrets and danger; in fact, they just can’t put it down! Additionally, children will develop their independent reading skills through Accelerated Reader ‘relax and read’ daily sessions in which children read a book at their level and then quiz on this book to show their understanding of the text.
Our language rich novels will inspire much of our quality writing as we learn to write for different audiences and purposes by studying a variety of genres. VGP (vocabulary, grammar and punctuation/spelling) are embedded into English lessons. Children in Year 4, learn and apply more challenging spelling rules in writing as well as getting to grips writing skills such as using apostrophes for plural possession, fronted adverbials and inverted commas - to name a few!
At Browney Academy, we take pride in our cross-curricular approach to learning that allows our children to make meaningful links between their learning and the world around them. A range of exciting topics await our Year 4 pupils: ‘Road Trip USA,’ ‘Blue Abyss’, ‘Traders and Raiders’ and ‘Potions’ will undoubtedly spark our children’s natural curiosity, securing deep and meaningful learning. Outdoor learning will enhance our topics and the children are already excited about our first scheduled trip as part of our first topic – I am Warrior - to Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum in order to experience what it was like to be a Roman solider!
We are looking forward to a fantastic year filled with wonderful experiences in which the children continue to develop independence and confidence and work with a growth mindset and resilience to achieve their best at school.