Year 4 is the second year of junior school where students are given the opportunity in all learning areas to be ‘in the pit’ and challenge themselves to further their learning.
In Literacy, students are exposed to a wide range of high quality, multi-modal texts to engage and instil a love of literacy in all genres, for example: the silent short film ‘A Trip to the Moon,’ the novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret,’ adverts such as the John Lewis Christmas advert and history-related novels, including ‘Stig of the Dump.’ When studying these texts, students are developing their reading and writing skills by analysing new and interesting vocabulary, making inferences from the texts, writing for a range of purposes and using excellent examples of writing to improve their own.
In Maths, we learn to apply strategies in everyday life through problem solving and student led investigations. Students learn about a range of curriculum objectives including Number, Calculating, Fractions and Decimals, Measurement and Data Handling and are taught to refine their calculation skills and to apply them to increasingly difficult problem solving contexts.
In addition to Literacy and Maths, children enjoy learning about a variety of topics in IPC. Students partake in experiments and hands-on activities to learn about electricity, sound, animals and their habitats, states of matter and animals including humans. In geography, students develop their use of geographical tools and skills while learning about locational knowledge of continents, countries and cities, physical geography including climate zones, earthquakes and the water cycle and apply their geographical skills when reading maps and atlases. In history, students learn about the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain and Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons. Art and Design and Tech units are directly related to the IPC units such as when children enjoy designing and making bread and drawing fruit and vegetables using charcoal, pastels, paint and clay.
We are also very fortunate to have an extensive range of Physical Education opportunities for our students; including swimming every Thursday, Gymnastics and an outdoor activity each week.
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