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Year 4

Head of Year

Mrs M Anderson


4A - Mrs M Anderson 

4C - Miss R Chappell and Mr Arif (SCITT)

4Q - Miss L Quarmby 

4R - Miss S Razaq 

4HK - Mr M Henshaw/Mrs G Kassim 

Intervention & PPA Teachers

Miss J Gallagher and Mrs G Kassim 

Support Staff

Mrs Akhtar

Mrs Ali

Mrs Athir

Mrs Harris

Mrs Imran

Mrs Saeed

Pastoral Lead

Mrs F Ahmad

Birkby Junior School-129(1)

Year 4 Autumn Term 2021

Welcome back Year 4!

We have an exciting Autumn term coming up, with a range of topics and learning to be covered.

What will we be learning?

During Autumn 1, we are learning about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain as well as Rivers. We will then be moving on to comparing the life of the Romans, Anglos Saxons and Vikings within York. We will be exploring the last 2000 years of history in our County, including comparing their way of life to the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Also, we will look at the influences the Romans, Anglo Saxons and the Vikings had on modern life.

We will be focussing our learning in English around a range of fiction texts, including; Tuesday and The Witches. In class, the children will be taking part in activities, which develop their text retrieval, decoding and inference skills, and there will be plenty of opportunities to read with adults, peers and the whole class. When writing, we will be using good models to create our own pieces of written work e.g. newspaper articles; diary entries; speech writing and character descriptions.

In Maths, we will be exploring number and place value with a big focus on learning and developing written calculations. Many of the activities your children will take part in will help them to gain a better understanding of the place value of larger numbers, as well as decimal numbers. There will be a large focus on also developing the children’s understanding of multiplication facts, so that their recall becomes more fluent and so they can apply them in lessons. Through all these areas your child will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding, begin to reason their ideas and become expert problem solvers.

As in year 3, there will continue to be a big push on ensuring that the children are secure in their times tables knowledge. We are hoping to see lots of children feeling like times tables rock-stars!

Our PE sessions will be taught each week, allowing children to develop skills and team building. On their allocated PE days, children should come to school in their PE kit bottoms and their normal school polo shirt and sweatshirt (e.g. black tracksuit bottoms rather than trousers or skirts). Class teachers will let you know which days your child will have PE.

Please see the curriculum newsletter for more detail about other spects of our learning.

What will I need to bring to school?

You need to remember to bring your homework diary into school every day.  Your teacher will check your diary regularly and an adult at home will need to aswell. 

What work will I need to do at home?

English and Maths homework will be set every Wednesday and will need to be handed in on the following Monday.

Weekly spellings will be shared with the children and sent home on Wednesday. Children will be tested on these the following week before your receive your next spellings

Bringing your homework diary to school every day will help you to remember what work you need to do.  This is a good habit and will help you to become an independent learner.

Remember to complete Mathletics activities and practise your Times Table using TTRS.

In addition to this, it is important that you continue to read and discuss texts with someone at home on a regular basis.  You will be able to visit the school library once a week, in order to select a new reading book.

Try and read every day, even if it’s just for 10 mins.  It doesn’t have to be the school library book – it could be a magazine you have read, game instructions, a recipe or any other texts you have been reading.

We know that your child will have a fantastic time in Year 4; they will experience new learning and become inquisitive and independent learners. We are so excited about having all the children back in school, we have really missed them!

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