Welcome to Year 4
(4AW Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher)
To find out more information about Mr Rathe and Miss Wood, please see their 'Meet the Teacher' sheet at the bottom of this page.
Key Days in Year 4 are:
- PE in Y4 will be on a Monday.
Learning in Year 4
Year 4 is the second year of KS2. In Year 4, we continue to nurture and encourage the feelings of independent thinking, learning and decision-making.
Like all year groups, Year 4 has government statutory schemes of learning to follow. The children will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year to see if they have reached the expected standard. At the end of Year 4, there is a multiplication tables check, when children will be expected to recall their times tables from 1 to 12 in a timed test.
Our Year 4 Learning:
During the Autumn term, our Year 4 children learn through a Curriculum Vehicle called ‘Marvellous Museum.’ This Vehicle focuses on the Historical study of the Romans through which the children will take a trip to Mansfield Museum, where they will learn about the job of a museum curator and will acquire the skills needed to run their own museum. The children will learn about Roman Britain, key events and people and will also develop their Design and Technology textile skills to design and make a toga in the style of that worn during the Roman period. To finish the unit of learning, the children will use the knowledge they have gained from studying the Romans, to set up their own Roman museum and will teach others, in role as a museum curator, as they present historical information to parents.
After Christmas, Year 4 will study the Anglo-Saxons. Through this study, they will make links back to life in Roman Britain and will consider how the Anglo-Saxons came into rule and the changes in lifestyles following the end of Roman Britain. The children will learn about diet, art, homes, and culture of Anglo-Saxon Britain and will use their developing English skills to create a leaflet on Anglo-Saxon life. In their Geography work, the children will build upon their place and location knowledge from Year 3 and will explore OS maps, keys, and mapping symbols as they learn about places in the UK with Anglo-Saxon links. These will include the 7 kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon Britain. The children will then work alongside Dan-Tastic Education to learn how to create video reports on historical periods. They will link this to the understanding of accurate historical reporting from their work with a museum curator in the Autumn Term, to create their own Horrible Histories style video. These will be shared with Dan-Tastic Education for feedback.
In the second half of the Spring Term, our Year 4 children will carry out a Geographical study of North America, with a specific focus on Mexico, in their ‘Magnificent Mexico’ Curriculum Vehicle. During this vehicle, the children will further develop their understanding of Human and Physical features from Year 3 and will look at the climate in Mexico in comparison to the UK. The children will recap learning about the seven continents in the world, locate Mexico on a world map and locate the northern and Southern Hemisphere. The Vehicle will then focus on exploring the human and physical features of Mexico that people may discover when they were travelling. Furthermore, the children will study the Rio Grande River and understand features such as the source, mouth, delta, ox-bow lake, tributary and estuary then describe the journey of the river for a helicopter tour of the Rio Grande. The children will work to produce their own travel guide for Mexico using all of their knowledge. They will be visited by a local travel agency, who will explain the role of a travel agent and the key qualities needed to work in the industry. The travel agency will then critique the children’s travel guides for feedback.
During the Summer Term, our children will complete a Historical study through the Curriculum Vehicle ‘The Mayans’. In this Vehicle, the children will be learning about Mayan civilisation and the impact that this ancient period of time had on life today. The children will take a trip to Cadbury World where they will learn more about Mayan lifestyle and their use of cocoa beans for chocolate. In their Art and Design work, the children will develop the modelling skills, that they acquired at the start of Year 3, to create Mayan clay masks.
The final Curriculum Vehicle of Year 4 is called ‘Super Solar Science.’ During this Vehicle, the children will complete Scientific study into circuits, conductors, and solar power which they will then use to support their real-life context of the rising energy costs in the current climate. The children will be working closely with National Grid’s Green Energy team to understand the importance of saving energy and will learn about the role of the National Grid team and the jobs that energy experts in this team do. The children will then apply their Scientific knowledge into a campaign to save energy and therefore money. This will be shared with National Grid for feedback.
- In their English sessions, children will use quality texts to develop their understanding of writing. They will produce extended written outcomes for a variety of purposes including writing to persuade, entertain and inform. The children will become more confident at following the writing process of: plan, write, edit and redraft.
- Grammar becomes a wider focus in KS2, the children in Year 4 will continue to develop their understanding of a wider range of grammatical concepts. For more information on our English curriculum, visit our Curriculum page.
- There continues to be a focus on handwriting with children expected to be joined.
- Please view our Reading Spine for Year 4 - In Year 4, the texts in our Reading Spine are used to supplement the children's 'reading diet' and will not all be used as taught texts. These include a range from picture books, poetry to classical texts.
In lower Key Stage 2, the principal focus of maths teaching is to ensure that children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
At this stage, children should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Children will also draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. It should ensure that they can accurately use measuring instruments and make connections between measure and number.
By the end of Year 4, children should have memorised their times tables up to and including the 12 times table, and they will show precision and fluency in their work. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.
If you want to see how Year 4 at Holgate are taught to apply different calculation techniques in maths, click here to view videos support guides.
The Wider Curriculum
We teach our wider curriculum through a mix of discreet (stand-alone) sessions and those taught through the curriculum vehicle. For more information on our Curriculum Offer, please visit our Curriculum pages.