Welcome to Year 4!
Literacy – Power of Reading
Books are chosen which link to the connected curriculum topic. In this way the reading and writing skills are embedded into all of the children’s learning. Language is fundamental to learning and is the foundation of the whole curriculum. Every aspect of the children’s work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in speaking and listening, reading and writing, is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively.
Autumn 1: Charlotte’s web by E.B. White
Autumn 2: Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve
Spring 1: The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Spring 2: Egyptian information text
Children learn to develop their skills in number and the principles of shape, space and measurement and of handling data in a variety of situations. There is a strong emphasis on developing mental mathematical skills and its practical application. Therefore each child is given a maths passport. These are a personalised way of learning as the children are challenged in the passport that is appropriate for the level they are working at. They progress at their own speed onto the next stage. In maths there are also strong links between mathematics and all other curriculum areas as well as Computing.
Connected Curriculum Topics
The CC curriculum in Year 4 is exciting and motivating. These topics include: Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, A Switch to Spain, Wet! Wet! Wet! Unwrap the past, Vicious Vikings and Once upon an author. All of the connectors begin with finding out what the children already know and what they would like to find out. Skills are taught through linked subjects such as: Literacy, Mathematics, History, Geography, Computing and Science.
The children are given a research task before any new connector. This then helps the children to discuss what they already know and what they would like to find out.
Weekly activities are set which are based the children’s maths, literacy or connected curriculum activities that have been taught that week. Daily reading is also advised. The children have the additional resource of Mathletics and Bugs Club to support their maths and reading skills.