Year 4

Curriculum Update
Year 4
Summer Term 2022

Head Teacher Message
Happy sun shine days everyone and welcome to summer term 2022. The time has raced by since the children started the new calendar year in January with lots of Covid related absences along the way for both staff and children! The spring term was certainly a challenging period indeed for the school in that respect. However, in true Beech Grove fashion we all stuck together as one big family and got through these trying months. As we’ve always said. Together we can get through anything!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break and hope that summer term 2022 is a good one for our whole school community.

As Head teacher of your school, I continue to be so proud of all of the children and the way they have started back since returning in September 2021. Their resilience and adaptability remain outstanding.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Easter with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard-working attitude of themselves and the dedicated staff team here at school.

Children’s classroom and corridor manners continue to be amazing which maintains a lovely atmosphere around school. To see the children demonstrating all of those essential ‘Next door neighbour’ qualities of respect, tolerance and kindness on a daily basis is a heart-warming thing to see and brightens up my day. What kind and caring children we have in school. I couldn’t be any prouder of our Beech Grove Family.

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely summer sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful summer flowers for us all to enjoy. Especially when it comes to our summer attendance reward ice-cream and ice lolly parties!!

Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings/phone conversations, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to everything!

We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development. We can’t stress this enough.
Especially as the children lost so much formal education time during covid. (96% and above is GOOD attendance).
Don’t forget those children who have a 95% and above attendance in school for the term get an invite to their key stage’s attendance parties. This term its ice cream treats and ice lollies in the secret garden. Please help your child achieve this reward.

Here’s to a really positive Summer term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
In English, we will be looking at the development of narrative writing, and extending our understanding of non-fiction writing in different genres. We will be concentrating on using dialogue and the appropriate punctuation.

Reading
Please keep supporting your child in reading and recording their reading three times a week. This really makes a difference in your child’s success in reading and writing in school.

Spelling
Every child has access to our online spelling scheme of work.  Your child has been set spelling tasks, individualised to their own needs.

Please allow your child to access Spelling Shed at least once a week.

Mathematics
This term we are developing our knowledge of decimals, and then moving into money, time, shape and statistics. Every week we will have a separate lesson on our times tables to support our recall of our times tables facts.
ALL Year 4 pupils will be sitting the National Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) this is very important marker for your child’s progress. Please ensure they spend as much time as possible on Times Tables Rockstars and their maths homework.

Times tables
In Year 4, every child takes a times table test this term.  We aim to support them to know all of the multiplication and related division facts to 12 x 12 by the end of Y4.
To support this, it would fantastic of your child could use this at home.

Please allow your child to access TT Rockstars at least twice a week.

www.ttrockstars.com

Please contact your child’s teacher if you need any of the codes for your child reissuing.

Science
We will be developing children’s knowledge of the properties of materials. Children will learn the properties of solids, liquids and gases. We will also be delving into the lives of animals living in some of the harshest habitats on the Earth, and how their environment can cause them problems.

Topic
Potions
We will be looking at how potions have been used in history to heal people. We will be helping children to recognise hazardous materials and learn how and why medicines, such as anesthetics, were developed.
Blue Abyss
We will be looking at all things ‘under the sea’! We will be looking at the creatures who live in the marine environment, pollution and how we can help rare creatures survive.
Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices) We are looking at relationships between friends and how to solve problems if they occur. We will also be looking at how we change as we grow older, and what makes us unique.

Homework
Much of our homework is now set on our online platforms.  We encourage your child to visit Seesaw regularly.  This is our home learning platform where you and your child should be able to access all of our homework and talk with their teachers regularly.
Seesaw can be downloaded from Apple and Android App Stores, and can be accessed at:
https://web.seesaw.me

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:               Monday 25th April 2022 – Monday 25th July 2022
Half Term:                      Monday 30th May 2022 – Friday 3rd June 2022
May Day Bank Holiday:  Monday 2nd May 2022