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The John Wesley Church of England & Methodist

Voluntary Aided Primary School

Flourishing in F.A.I.T.H. (Family, All Included, Thriving & Healthy)

01233 614660

Tamarisk (Year 4)

Welcome to Year 4 – 2021- 2022

 

Mrs Bennett, Mrs Turner, Mrs Jones, Mrs Davies and Mrs Bull would like to welcome you all to Tamarisk.

 

An Outline of Our Learning

 

In Maths we follow the White Rose and the Big Maths curriculum, which involves using concrete and pictorial methods to solve fluency calculations, problem solving and reasoning.  

    

We have regular time tables, where we will be learning all our times tables and corresponding division facts. You can support your child with this, using the following apps such as: ‘Times Tables Rockstars’, Purple Mash (which all children have individual log ins to) and online games such as ‘Hit the Button’ and ‘Coconut Multiples’. These can be found on the ‘Topmarks’ website and will help the children with the speed of recall in a fun and engaging way (Links below). 

 

In English, we are following the Pathways to Write Programme and link other select texts to our Connected Learning topics with fun and interesting fiction, non-fiction and picture books, covering units which include, fantasy, recount-diary, historical narrative, non-chronological reports and an explanation -letter. There is a key focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation, we look at specific rules and patterns each week and complete regular spelling tests linked to No-Nonsense Spelling. In addition, it would benefit the children to be able to spell all of the common exception words for Year 3 and 4 (Link below).

 

In reading, the children will be following ‘Accelerated Reader’, which provides them with a ZPD range to choose appropriate books for their ability to build on their decoding and comprehension skills.

 

We have lots of fun things in store with our Connected Learning topics.

 

The first one for the Autumn Term is :

 

  • Should animals be kept in Zoos?

 

We will be initially reading Fantastic Mr Fox (by Roald Dahl) and Gorilla ( By Anthony Brown). We will be looking at Biomes in Geography and Animals including Humans in Science.

 

More information can be found in our termly newsletter.

 

Although there is no formal homework in Year 4,  we would appreciate you reading daily with your child and practising the spellings and times tables as this will have an impact with their confidence in lessons. We will also set termly challenges linked to our Connected Learning.

 

Children will be provided with all Log in information in the back of the children's reading records.

 

Don’t forget to keep an eye on Seesaw as we will continue to post work, set challenges and communicate with you all on the platform.

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