Year 4 Curriculum Information

We believe that children have a right to expect a curriculum which is fun, motivating, interesting and most importantly purposeful. We strive to develop imagination through a stimulating, creative environment where every child has the opportunity to shine.

At Gillshill Primary School we aim to deliver all subjects thoughtfully and to make links that are relevant, appropriate and purposeful to the area of learning.




Year 4 Curriculum information for Autumn 2017:

We believe very strongly in the importance of school visits as a way to engage the pupils’ interest and improve understanding. We have regular trips out; we will endeavour to inform you of any costs as soon as possible. We are very fortunate to now have four minibuses, which allows a class to be transported off site much more cheaply.

As part of our theme Smashing Saxons this half term the children will look at the Anglo Saxons and different settlements.  They will make Anglo-Saxon bracelets in our creative sessions.  In the second half term the children will be looking at the water cycle in our theme, Splish, Splash, Splosh and scientifically investigating changes of state.  There will be a variety of Christmas Art and Crafts offered towards Christmas, including our annual Christmas Art afternoon, to which parents are invited.

PE Pupils must wear the recommended Gillshill t-shirt or a plain white, black or yellow t-shirt and a plain pair of black shorts. (No football or rugby kits are to be worn) Please ensure plain warm clothes are provided for outdoor PE as the weather becomes cooler. No jewellery is to be worn. so if earrings are not removed micro pore tape/plasters must be provided. Trainers or
suitable foot wear needs to be provided for outdoor P.E lessons. Can we please ask that all belongings are clearly labelled and PE kits are kept in school in labelled PE bags.  These can be brought in on Monday and taken home on Friday.

HOMEWORK Homework will be given out on Fridays in the children’s homework books. Please support your child with their homework encouraging them to think independently. Homework must be completed in pencil. Homework is to be returned the following Wednesday for marking please. The children are familiar with where their homework books should be placed when they are completed.

We shall be investigating information texts; reciting and writing poetry; reading short novels and writing descriptions based on imaginary worlds starting with The BFG.

READING We would also ask that you read school scheme books and share a range of books with your child as much as possible. Please record this in the Home Record Log. School reading books will be changed weekly, after they have read with a member of staff or an adult volunteer. Bug Club is also a fantastic reading resource with e-books and questions to support reading development—more details are to follow. If your child has finished their book before it is changed please continue a variety of different books at home. There is strong evidence to show that success in reading is followed by success in writing.

SPELLING Children will also receive weekly spellings to learn in a home spelling book. In addition to learning their spellings, pupils are required to explore the word meanings and write these in simple sentences. Spellings are to be tested on the following Monday. Please help your child to practise their spellings on a separate piece of paper developing recall of letter order and understanding of the spelling patterns been focused on. It is also useful for the children to look up the word meanings in a dictionary and to discuss the rules and letter choices.

We will focus this term on the four operations (+, -, x and ÷) and place value. Each week the children will complete a times tables test. It will be of great help to the children if they practise their times tables at home.

BEHAVIOUR We follow the School’s Behaviour Policy using a range of rewards and sanctions appropriate to the children’s age. In Year Four we have the following in place:
Children are awarded Golden Tickets for good work, effort and behaviour.  In addition a child is also chosen for the weekly achievement assembly. Verbal and written praise is used constantly throughout the school day from all members of the Year Three team as well as the Senior Leadership Team and we will soon have our Marvellous Me system up and running.

Unfortunately when the children do not follow the rules they will be given a verbal warning.  If behaviour continues their name will be moved from Green to Yellow, then to Red. If a child is on the red list they will miss some of their playtime, during which they will reflect on their behaviour. However, serious behaviour incidents are noted in the red behaviour book and the child will be sent to a member of the Senior Leadership Team. In this case parents will be informed and sanctions such as missed playtimes will be enforced. The class rules are created with pupils at the start of the year so they can take ownership for them and work hard towards achieving them.

HEALTHY SNACKS & DRINKS Pupils are able to bring a healthy snack for break time, such as a piece of fruit or cereal bar but this must not contain chocolate. This should be separate from any packed lunch items. Please provide a named water bottle, which is taken home daily to be washed and refilled. Pupils can refill their bottles during the school day.

STAFF COMMUNICATION Can we ask parents to speak to staff at home time rather than before school, unless it is an emergency. As you will appreciate, it is very busy getting the children into school and their safety is paramount. Appointments can also be made at the office for meetings before or after the school day at a mutually convenient time. If you have any questions or queries we would be delighted to answer them; do not hesitate to call in, see us or email. We would also appreciate any support in the classroom, especially assistance with hearing the children read, completing admin duties and making props etc. Please let us know if you are available and an induction will be organised for you.

We look forward to a happy and successful term sharing many exciting educational experiences with the pupils.
Miss Vine – Y3/4 Phase Leader
Miss Clement & Miss Wallace – Class Teachers