Year 4 Curriculum – Autumn Term 2017
In Year 4, we encourage the children to be independent. Please continue to say goodbye to your child either before they enter the school or at our classroom door and encourage them to complete their morning routines as instructed.
We do not check the children’s book bags every day, so please give any letters/dinner money directly to us in the morning, either to myself, Mr Williams or Miss Vine, and remind your child that they need to change their own reading book first thing. It is vital that this is done daily.
At RAPS, our English curriculum is based around a core text. The children will share the book together in Guided Reading sessions and will complete written tasks linked to this, specific to a particular genre. The first focus will be based around fiction setting descriptions, where the children will learn to describe places in detail using the senses and a wider range of vocabulary. Other skills to be developed include using a range of sentence openers and conjunctions to link ideas together.
Maths will be taught in blocks that focus on different areas of learning. These blocks vary in length. There is a focus on daily Mathematics and this can be taught through both practical activities and within a more formal classroom setting. This term, we will be consolidating our number and place value knowledge and skills as well as exploring the four main operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Please take the time to practise times tables at home. By the end of Year 4, children should know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 times tables.
We are using the International Primary Curriculum at RAPS which is “an engaging, rigorous and internationally minded thematic approach to learning”. This is an exciting change and will allow children to learn with real purpose and to make clear links between subjects. A number of different units will be studied throughout the year and these will last for different amounts of time (and will therefore not last the entire term as in previous years). We will be updating you with an outline of a unit as we begin a new one, so please check home learning letters for the information! Using the IPC means that children will not study every subject, every week. Areas of learning are blocked, so one block of lessons may focus on Science before moving on to a block on Geography and then Art etc. Having begun the year by exploring our school values, we will be starting our first topic, ‘Brainwaves’, from next week, which explores how the brain works and strategies for learning.
PE will be taught as part of the Arts Curriculum and there will be two sessions a week as well as a separate Dance session. The sport covered will change each term.
It is important that children have a full PE kit in school at all times. This includes black or blue shorts and white t-shirt for indoor PE and black or blue jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit top and suitable trainers or plimsolls for outdoor lessons. The weather has to be severely inclement for lessons not to go ahead, so please ensure that your child is well equipped! During the entire term the children will continue with their swimming sessions at Upton on Fridays except on the last Friday. The class will continue to look at cricket this term, with a focus on the key skills of batting, bowling and fielding.
At various points in the year swimming lessons take place across the school. An information letter will be sent home when this arises for each year group involved.
Home Learning and weekly news will now be communicated through one document that will be uploaded onto our blog. Curriculum and IPC information will also appear in these letters when relevant. All home learning should be completed and returned to school as advised on the newsletter.
Home learning will change as the children progress through the school so that it is both suitable for their age and also prepares them for the next steps in their school life. This year, the children will receive a ‘Love to Learn’ challenge every three weeks. This will be based on something they have been learning at school and should be used to reinforce this learning at home with you. We try to cater for all learning styles and try to provide an open task that can be tackled through a variety of media. Last year, some children chose to write, type, draw, act, or even film their various ‘Love to Learn’ tasks.
Our school uniform exists both for health and safety reasons and to develop a sense of pride and responsibility in being a member of the Ramsgate Arts Primary School community. The uniform policy includes the expectation that all children will wear black school shoes (trainers are not acceptable footwear), that long hair should be tied back at all times and that with the exception of a watch and a pair of small stud earrings NO jewellery may be worn by children. We also ask you to remember that children should not be wearing make-up or nail varnish to school and hair styles should not be extreme – this includes unnatural hair colours. The school’s uniform policy is listed in the school’s prospectus and if you would like another copy, please ask at the school office. Please ensure your child is dressed according to this policy and that all items of clothing are clearly named.
Sipping water throughout the day aids concentration and learning. Please provide your child with a water bottle which they may keep with them throughout the day. Ensure that these are named to avoid confusion.
It is vital that pupils arrive at school on time and that absence is kept to a minimum. Frequent lateness and absences can have a huge negative impact on a child’s learning so please have your child in school by 8.20am every day.