Year 4 Curriculum Statement
In reading, during guided reading sessions, we ensure our teaching includes lots of opportunities to discuss characters, settings and events. We explore how the writer has used language to keep the reader’s interest. We look at the features of a range of different fiction and non-fiction texts, discussing the use of different layouts and sentence structures.
For independent reading books, the children are assessed using the accelerated reader programme, which will allocate an appropriate level of books for the children to choose from. For each book they are expected to answer a set of related questions to ensure they have a good understanding of the text.
The children are read to each day from a range of quality texts.
In writing the children learn to use appropriate features to write different genres. We use the talk for writing structure to immerse the children in a text type.
They plan their writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar; composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures, creating settings, characters and plot. In non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings]. They evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements; proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences; proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors; read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear
The children are expected to develop their neat, joined cursive handwriting style using the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined. They increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting.
The coverage of styles is as follows:
In SPaG the children learn to apply the year 4 spelling and grammar rules. This includes extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although; using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense; choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition; using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause; using fronted adverbials; using commas after fronted adverbials; indicating possession by using the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns; using and punctuating direct speech.
Maths- In maths in year 4 we follow the White Rose scheme of work. The children learn to work within 4-digit numbers and 2 places of decimals. They should be able to recall all times table facts and related division facts.
The children cover the following units across the year:
The children regularly practise times tables in preparation for the Year 4 Multiplication Tables check.
Other Subjects: The children cover the following topics across the year:
Objectives for the above topics are taken from the National Curriculum.