Year 4 - Swift Class
Welcome to Swift Class!
There are 26 children in the class. Mr Beavan is the class teacher and Mrs Harwood, Mrs Weddepohl and Mrs Hicks will be supporting us in the delivery of the curriculum.
You will find everything you need to know about life in Year 4 in the documents below – the ‘Year Ahead’ Booklet, Weekly Timetable, Curriculum Overview and our current termly Topic Web.
Please see the documents below which will help you support your child and understand what we are learning in class:
Our topic this term (Fragile Planet) is very much in the news and I know is something on which many of the children have strong views. We will begin by looking at our planet and becoming more familiar with its different climatic regions.
During the term, we plan to develop our understanding of environmental issues and also to hone our critical thinking skills by looking at the evidence both for and against climate change. It should prove to be interesting and give many opportunities for developing discussion.
Please note this term we will be taking part in the Government's Multiplication Tables Check. This is to test children on their knowledge of multiplication facts. The National Curriculum expectations is that by the end of Year Four, children are fluent in their recall of all multiplication facts up to 12x12.
Alongside their weekly Mathletics and tackling tables exercises, this website has a number of games that can also help the children embed their multiplication facts.
Your child can practise building up to the full test here:
If your child is secure in their recall, this will help build firm foundations as the complexity of the curriculum increases over the years.
For the first few weeks of term, we are concentrating the arrival of the Vikings and their impact on the inhabitants of England.
We are currently working on improving our speaking and listening through creating our own news podcast called: Steeple Morden Primary News and are working on an episode for the Autumn Term. You can find this on most well-known podcast apps, such as Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. We are working on incorporating some of our science work on sound into the next podcast.
In maths we are focusing on applying our reasoning skills, which we can use to explain how we know an answer is correct or incorrect. We will be encouraging the correct use of mathematical vocabulary, with words such as: approximate, a rounded number, estimate, count on, column addition, increase and more than.
In English this term we are going to be looking at how authors develop character in their writing. We will be looking at the details that are included about a character’s appearance, their actions and what they say. This will involve some close reading of text.
We are excited to be learning Mandarin as so many people speak this language and it is quite different from English as it is a language that uses different tones and the written form does not relate directly to the sounds of the language. The children will be learning how to introduce themselves and recognise and write in Chinese and learning about the history behind the formation of these characters.
Leading up to Christmas we will be revisiting instruction writing and rehearsing for the KS2 Christmas Service.
This term we will be exploring a cross curricular topic titled ‘Imagine, Inspire, Influence’. This topic has an Art and Design and Technology focus, which allows us to look at present day advances in technology that affect our lives today and in the future. We will be learning about inspiring innovators, inventors. artists, architects, designers and painters. As well as looking at their many achievements, we will be considering how they dealt with pitfalls and difficulties. We will be able to reflect on their resilience and use some of their behaviours in our own work. This will tie in with work in PSHE, where we are learning about how we can develop a growth mindset. This will also link with biographies in English.
If your child is secure in their timestables recall, this will help build firm foundations as the complexity of the curriculum increases over the years. The National Curriculum expectation is that by the end of Year Four, children are fluent in their recall of all multiplication facts up to 12x12. Alongside their weekly Mathletics and tackling tables exercises, this website has a number of games that can also help the children embed their multiplication facts.