Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!
 
Within Year 4 at Priory Rise School, we love to make our learning fun through our immersive teaching. We are very proud of the exciting and varied curriculum we have to offer and wherever possible, lessons are hands on and practical. For example within Art we experiment with a range of different mediums; Geography we often take our learning outside to observe our environment; within Science the children actively investigate and follow a line of enquiry. We continuously promote a developing growth mindset and our children are always up for a challenge! Our students experience the best in quality first teaching from all members of staff; from their class teacher and teaching assistants and specialised music teacher to PE coaches and a specialised Computing teacher. Throughout the course of the year we encourage the children to become the best versions of themselves through actively promoting and modelling our school values, this also builds the children’s independence and helps prepare them for Upper Key Stage 2. 
 
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Mathematics

Maths, along with English, is taught each morning. Within Maths in year 4 we look closely at: place value, the combined columnar method for all addition, subtraction and multiplication problems, both the number line and bus stop method for division, different units of measures, coordinates, fractions, decimals and shapes and their properties. Year 4 spend an allocated amount of time to ensure the children have mastered each topic and display a secure and in depth understanding of the different areas. Fluency in Maths is important and therefore children have additional ’10 minute maths’ sessions each day. This keeps their learning buoyant and helps them gain a clearer concept of number. Below we have included the methods we use within year 4 Maths and the Maths assessment bands.
Reading

Guided reading lessons are taught daily with a specific emphasis on VIPERS:
The use of VIPERS helps the children with their understanding and helps support their answers to more challenging questions. We read a range of quality text types from First News newspapers to exciting fictional stories written by the best authors; it is important to us to promote a real love of reading!
Writing

We believe fantastic writing stems from regular reading of fantastic texts. We teach writing through shared and guided work to model quality vocabulary choices and writing techniques. To inspire the children’s writing we create exciting opportunities that immerse them into their work; from reading and performing poetry to practical drama work and debate planning. Alongside our English lessons we also focus on handwriting and spelling, grammar and punctuation which are taught weekly.
Enrichment

During the course of year 4 the children have many exciting opportunities that are not only educational but also inspire and motivate their learning further. Wherever possible we encourage and invite visitors to come and give talks to the children about their own lives. This gives the children an insight to different experiences and has been a great success within RE where the children have gained a clearer understanding of differing religions.

Within the Summer term in year 4 we have started a new and exciting opportunity for the children to attend a one day and one night residential stay at Caldecotte. The children LOVED it this year and were able to partake in a range of water sport and on-land activities that included paddle boarding, zorbing and caving. It has proved to be a fantastic way to prepare the children ready for the year 5 residential stay the following year.
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