Firstly this year, the children will focus on science in our ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ topic. Later in the year, we will take a journey to America as we learn through ‘Road Trip USA’. We will be putting on our cloaks and pointy hats while we carry out a topic with a wizardly twist. We will be testing strange concoctions in our ‘Potions’ topic. There are a lovely mix of topics to get our teeth into!
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! We encourage the children to find a passion for reading as reading for pleasure has proven to impact positively upon writing standards too. The children will also develop their independent reading skills through Accelerated Reader in which children read a book at their level and then quiz on this book to show their understanding of the text. Engaging stimuli from our topic, or topic-based texts, are used to create writing genres for the children to learn new skills and then apply them in a purposeful way.
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. Topics we will cover across the year include place value, fractions, money and the four rules of number, the children will be given opportunities to explore, learn and apply new skills. Children in Year 4 are expected to master all times tables by the end of the year.