Our Year Four
Hello! Welcome to Year 4, I am Jo Edwards, the year group leader.
Your child will be learning and exploring a number of exciting topics in Year 4. We study a wide and varied curriculum, in addition to core subjects. IPC units in Year 4 include; Chocolate, Fashion, Active Planet, Temples, Tombs and Treasures, Do you Live around Here? And Bright Sparks. Educational visits and visitors to the school help to support children’s learning.
We hope your child will enjoy year 4 as much as we do!
Year Four Curriculum
At Key Stage Two, although there is more whole class teaching there is also an opportunity to work independently, or in small groups. It is a feature of the school’s ethos that pupils should develop a strong sense of self-discipline and acquire a positive attitude to learning.
English and Mathematics are the prime areas, other subjects are embedded through Cornerstones work.
You can view our Curriculum Overview here: View Overview
In Key Stage 2 children with decoding problems receive support through the Project X Code
Reading is carried out in groups rather than a guided session. All staff members are trained to deliver effective questioning. Children enjoy listening to one another read- to develop comprehension, enjoyment and new vocabulary. Reading has a high profile around our school and we encourage our pupils to read widely at home. We are currently developing our comprehension activities and encouraging children to write their responses, as well as articulate them.
Mathematics at Springfield Primary School is currently following the Lancashire Grid Overview which covers all of the statutory objectives of the National Curriculum for England.
Last academic year (2016-17), an independent Maths Consultant was brought in to support the development of maths. Each week, two out of the three teachers on a rotational programme, from each year group were released to plan maths lessons with support, in order to increase awareness of ‘fluency’, ‘reasoning’ and ‘problem solving’ in lessons.
Last year (2016-17) we changed the direction of teaching and planning of English from T4Writing (from the previous year)
The new teaching/ planning incorporated some of the themes from ‘Talk 4 writing’ such as model text and boxing up. However, with the new planning there was move away from reciting and memorising the text whilst retaining the element of familiarisation. The new teaching of English had an emphasis on practising and developing skills and then the children applying those learnt skills independently in their extended writing books.