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Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Curriculum Overview

 

Writing

At the start of the spring term the children in Year 4 visited Touchstones and took part in an Ancient Greek workshop. We organise our educational visits at the start of each term to ‘hook’ the children onto our new topic. This has been very successful as it gives the children a flavour of what is to come and makes then enthusiastic about future learning. Following the visit all children produced a detailed recount of their day and did some cross curricular topic work linked to Perseus and Medusa.

 

Throughout the spring term, the Year 4 children have produced some excellent writing with every piece having an ancient Greek ‘theme’. The most successful piece of writing came in the form of instructions. Children designed, modelled and painted ancient Greek coins then produced a set of detailed instructions on how to make them.

 

 

Reading

Year 4 children continue to use specific reading strategies to help evidence their understanding of words, phrases and books. In line with the whole school improvement focus on reading, the way in which reading is now taught in Year 4 has been overhauled. Timetabling has been changed and reading strategies are now being taught in much more structured way. The positive impact of this can already be seen in through the strong pupil progress data already this academic year.

 

 

 

We are currently also taking part in a ‘Lesson Study’ project with Greenbank Primary School. Year 4 have been selected as the target year group to use ‘visualisation’ to help when reading. This is providing staff with the opportunity to reflect on pedagogy and has already proven to be an invaluable way to support each other with our continuous professional development to raise standards across school.

 

Maths

Maths lessons begin with a mixture of ‘maths passport’ and multiplication work to help children recall facts as quickly and accurately as possible.

 

 

 

We use the ‘White Rose Hub’ structure to ensure consistency across school e.g. fluency, reasoning and challenge. Reasoning work and challenge work is available either on the lesson header or in the form of a challenge card.

 

Year 4 have concentrated on Shape, Space and Measure with children taking part in many practical lessons. Children really enjoy the practical element of the lessons and it has had a positive effect on progress within this area of Maths. We evidence this in the books through photographs which are cross referenced to the specific Learning Objective and Success Criteria.

 

 

 

We continue to work on our multiplication facts and children are there is growing evidence within pupil workbooks of children starting to use these to help with division work.

 

Science

Year 4 follow a spiral curriculum and have worked on the following areas:

  • Habitats
  • Human teeth
  • Animal teeth
  • Vibration

During Science week we will be visiting our local Forest School site to take part in a habitat investigation.

 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact (37% of year 4)

Project X – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (30 minutes) with Mrs Arif

8% of the pupil premium children access project X code

 

Aim – to help improve reading and comprehension skills for target children.

 

As a result of this intervention children continue to grow in confidence when reading ‘stage specific’ books. This increase in confidence has transferred into Guided Reading sessions as they now apply their new skills from Project X when reading Stage 2 fiction and non-fiction books. The use of reading strategies during Project X and Guided Reading lessons has helped children develop a greater understanding of what they are reading.

 

Number sense (October 2016 – February 2017) with Mrs Din

 

5% of the pupil premium children completed a number sense intervention with Mrs Din. The intervention topped up work done during normal Maths lessons and has had a positive impact of Maths results with all children now at age related expectation.

 

Due to the success of the intervention we are currently looking at building up the skills of a selection of children who are too low to access the whole intervention so we are rolling out a pre number sense group to build up the skills so the children will be able to access the number sense intervention in the future.

 

The pre number sense group will consist of 4.5% of the pupil premium children.

 

Duplo Therapy – Friday (20 minutes)

 

Aim – to help target children to develop social and communication skills through team work

Impact – children continue to show progress in team work and communication.

3% of the pupil premium children access Duplo Therapy

 

As a result of this intervention children are starting to develop social skills by working as a team and communicating effectively. The children have transferred their skills in Duplo Therapy to PSHE lessons by taking part in conversations and group discussion about making correct choices.

 

Most Able Provision & Impact

 

Numeracy

In Maths lessons children are given challenges to extend their problem solving and reasoning skills as per whole school priories. This is developing the childrens’ skills in explaining and unpicking the rationale behind their answers and there is much evidence in pupil workbooks of this beginning to work very well. Strong progress data to date this academic year further evidences this success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Values

 

Year 4 have completed a cycle of British Values work and are now learning about different religions in RE.

 

Attendance

Year 4’s attendance so far this academic year is 96.6%

Period: W/B 02/01/2017 to W/B 06/03/2017

 

Reg Group MY4A (Mr Armstrong) Percentages

W/B

Attendances

Authorised Absences

Unauthorised Absences

02/01/2017

89.6

2.1

8.3

09/01/2017

89.7

3.0

7.3

16/01/2017

97.3

2.0

0.7

23/01/2017

98.0

2.0

0.0

30/01/2017

98.3

1.7

0.0

06/02/2017

93.7

6.0

0.3

13/02/2017

95.3

4.7

0.0

20/02/2017

0.0

0.0

0.0

27/02/2017

98.7

0.3

1.0

06/03/2017

68.7

1.0

0.3

 

 

Period: W/B 02/01/2017 to W/B 06/03/2017

Reg Group MY4B (Mrs Beasley) Percentages

W/B

Attendances

Authorised Absences

Unauthorised Absences

02/01/2017

95.8

3.3

0.8

09/01/2017

95.3

4.3

0.3

16/01/2017

97.7

1.7

0.7

23/01/2017

92.7

6.3

1.0

30/01/2017

97.0

3.0

0.0

06/02/2017

98.7

1.3

0.0

13/02/2017

96.7

3.3

0.0

20/02/2017

0.0

0.0

0.0

27/02/2017

98.0

1.3

0.7

06/03/2017

68.3

2.0

0.0

 

Autumn 2016

Summer 2016

 

Literacy
Year 4 children produced their best work of the year when writing a narrative. All children in Mr Armstrong’s literacy class produced a four paragraph ‘Haunted House’ story. In Mrs Whittaker’s class children used a short animation as a hook for their story. They wrote fantastic setting descriptions and speech for the characters. All children enjoyed the story writing and were engrossed in the story of the rock, paper and scissors.
Year 4 children produced a persuasive article advertising Rochdale as a top tourist attraction. They carried out a variety of research including a homework based task which enabled parents to get involved. I set up the homework task in the hope parents would spend some quality time with their children away from the family home. It proved a huge success and I have had some really positive feedback from parents as it enabled them to take a hands on approach to homework. The children also mentioned how much fun they had researching various tourist destinations with their family. The final article examined three tourist attractions:
1) Hollingworth Lake
2) Touchstones Museum
3) Healey Dell


In the second part of the term children in Mrs Whittaker’s class worked on writing a persuasive letter. They generated ideas as a class and wrote two persuasive letters to Mrs Cunningham asking for a new playground and a trip to London. The children loved this unit as they had brilliant ideas to improve the playground and justified their reasons for a trip to London.


In Mr Armstrong’s we are currently writing a formal letter to Mrs Cunningham asking for some new facilities in school. The children are beginning to personalise their letters; linking their ideas to education and how the new facilities could enhance learning. It is really interesting to listen to their ideas and seeing them take ownership of a piece of writing. We have had some super ideas so far inc. class pet facility, Real World Room, Multimedia facility and activity centre with climbing wall and abseiling facility.


In Mrs Whittaker’s class the children are working on creating their animal poetry anthology. The children are beginning to identify the features of different poems. This is also linked to reading objectives where they are required to identify language structure, words that have effect on the reader, rhyming etc. A large part of this unit will also be linked to performing poems so the children will be required to read with expression. To end the unit the children will be writing their own poems about animals.

 

Numeracy
Year 4 children enjoyed a very practical term and studied a variety of concepts around shape, space and measure. We revisited 3D shapes and compared them by using different sorting charts inc. a giant sorting chart used for life sized shapes. Children used their knowledge of ‘length’ (mm, cm and m) to measure a variety of classroom objects. Following the good work on ‘length’ we moved onto ‘weight’ and children used kitchen scales to weigh different ingredients for cooking. As well as measuring the children also learned how to read analogue and digital clock using resources. We finished our practical term by using measuring jugs to check the capacity of a variety of sports drinks to ensure they contained the correct amount of liquid. The children are currently working on interpreting data and solving problems linked to these.


Lesson study

Mr Armstrong, Mr Hudson and Mrs Smith completed the Lesson Study cycle in Year 4. We produced a poster presentation and delivered it at Greenbank School to other teachers. Due to the high standard of our poster it will now be used at a Lesson Study Conference in July 2016. All three teachers are hoping to continue the concept of Lesson Study next year and help other staff use it in a productive way.


Euro 2016
All Year 4 children are currently involved in a Euro 2016 project. They have been given a team to follow/support throughout the tournament and we are linking our Geography work to the tournament as one of our targets is to identify countries around Europe.


Science
In Science children have learnt about parts of the human digestive system by creating and labelling a 3D model. As part of the spiral curriculum children also learnt about sound by creating simple musical patterns using high and low pitch sounds.  


Interventions
Project X, Number Sense and Precision Teaching continue to have a positive impact on learning thanks to the dedication of teaching assistants. We are now seeing some positive movement up the Assertive Mentoring assessment scale from all children who are involved with the interventions.
 
 

Spring Term 2016


Curriculum Overview
Literacy
Year 4 have covered a variety of genres during the spring term:
• Non-Chronological  Report – Roman Army
• Newspaper article – eruption of Mount Vesuvius
• Character work – Joe (Billionaire Boy)
• Biography – David Walliams


We have had two main topics throughout spring and used these topics to help stimulate reading and writing.
Topic 1 – The Romans
Topic 2 – Billionaire Boy by David Walliams (linked to World Book Week)
Both topics proved to be highly successful! All children really enjoyed doing their reading and writing through topic work and transferred their enthusiasm for both topics into other subjects.


Reading club - Mrs Whittaker set up a Monday reading club (3.00 – 3.45) to help children develop comprehension skills.

 

Numeracy
Year 4 children covered a variety of mathematical areas throughout the spring term. We focused quite heavily on ‘shape, space and measure’ with the children taking part in a host of practical lesson to help their understanding e.g. following instructions to make 3D shapes
All year 4 children had the opportunity to do revision/recap lessons before their February assessment which helped children remember Mathematical concepts studied at the beginning of the academic year.


Year 4 have been selected to take part in a ‘Lesson Study’ in collaboration with Greenback Primary School and Edge Hill University. Mr Armstrong, Mr Hudson and Mrs Smith will develop a research question linked to the National Curriculum, experiment with a variety of teaching styles and present the findings in a poster presentation. 

 

Maths club - Mr Armstrong set up a Maths club on Tuesday (3.00 – 4.00 – 7 children) and Thursday (3.00 – 4.00 – 7 children) to help children achieve Stage 3. The club was a huge success with all children enjoying the practical element of the club. 13 out of the 14 children who attended the club achieved stage 3!


Science
Year 4 follow a spiral curriculum and have worked on the following areas:
• Sound
• Electricity
• The Human Body – the digestive system


Topic
The Romans
Year 4 have done a variety of art and Design Technology work based around the life of Roman people, soldiers and Gods & Goddesses. To date the children have designed and made:
• Roman shields
• Roman Coins
• Roman Chariots
Year 4 children took part in a Roman themed day. This helped build excitement amongst the children and introduced them to various aspects of Roman life.

 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact
Project x code – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (30 minutes) with Mrs Din and Mrs Arif
Aim – help improve reading and comprehension skills
Number sense – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (45 minutes) with Mrs Din
Aim – help children retain number facts and extend their number knowldege
Precision teaching – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (10 minute slots) with Mrs Horton
Aim – help children to read, write and spell key words
Duplo Therapy – Tuesday (30 minutes) and Friday (30 minutes)
Aim – help children develop friendships through team work
Laptop work and typing skills – Tuesday (30 minutes) and Friday (30 minutes)
Aim – help improve typing skills and speed of typing


Most Able Provision & Impact


Numeracy
Problem solving and reasoning group (every 4 weeks) with Mr Dickenson


Literacy
Reading Champion with the Inspiration Reading University


Children have the opportunity to read a variety of books with different schools, do book related activities and talk about their learning in a Book Club


Guided reading
Children are grouped according to their assessment results and high achieving children have an individualised guided reading program. This allows them to take the book home, summarise specific chapters in detail and predict future events.

 

British Values
Mr Pauley is responsible for British values (Tuesday pm) and is currently concentrating on the concept of democracy. Year 4 produced a scroll displaying their knowledge of democracy in Britain. They also took part in a class vote to elect a new member of the school council.

 

Attendance
Year 4 teaching staff follow the attendance procedure and set a good example by having an excellent attendance record.


We reward children for full attendance and encourage them to attend school every day. Class dojo points are awarded for children with 100% attendance at the end of every week.

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Spring Term 2016

Roman Day - January 2016

Our Year 4 children enjoyed a visit from the "Makers of History" who provided a Roman Day experience for the children.

 

 

A workshop highlights the effects of the Roman invasion on the British Celts.

 

 

 The children, through Drama, Arts & Crafts and Role Play looked at:

•Why did the Romans come to Britain?

•A Soldier’s Life

•School Days

•Childhood and Games

•Bathing and Slavery

•Table Manners

•Military Drill

•The Rebel and the Emperor

 

 

As you will see from the pictures everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day!

Autumn Term 2015


Curriculum Overview
English – This term the Year 4 children studied ancient Greek myths and produced their own mythical story. They also produced an information text about life in ancient Sparta.
Currently, The Year 4 children are learning how to write a play script. Following the completion of their play script children will perform their play to another class in school.  To complete the term, year 4 will be writing instructions on how to make an ancient Greek theatre mask and also how to make coins.


Maths – Year 4 children initially worked on number and place value. Due to the importance of ‘number’ knowledge children spent most of the first half term on this topic. Following the number and place value work both sets have moved on to times tables work.
Science – Following the introduction of the spiral curriculum children have studied the following;
• States of matter
• Electricity
• Sound
• Teeth

 

Topic – Ancient Greece – Children made ancient Greek theatre masks. Year 4 held an ancient Greek day at the end of Autumn 1 half term. Throughout the day children took part in a variety of events including drama, Olympics and art.

 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact
Pupil premium children will have access to a range of enhancing interventions:
• Precision teaching with Ms Horton – Wednesday (1.30pm – 2.45pm)
• Daily times tables group with Mrs Thorndyke (2.15pm – 2.45pm)
• Number sense intervention with Mrs Din – Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (2.00pm – 3.00pm)

 

Most Able Provision & Impact
Math - problem solving and reasoning - Mr Dickenson (once a month)

 

British Values
Mr Pauley recently introduced the Year 4 British Values curriculum to 4B.  Children are learning about democracy which is also linked to the ancient Greek topic.
4A will be introduced to Year 4 British Values curriculum after swimming lessons have finished in February 2016.


Attendance
Percentage Attendance By Week 
   
W/E              Class A      Class B
05/11/2015    97.7           100
22/10/2015    97.3         98.6
15/10/2015    94.5         98.6
08/10/2015    97.9       96.6
01/10/2015     94         97.4
24/09/2015   99.6       97.4
17/09/2015    96.9        99
10/09/2015    96.9     99.3
Average      96.85  98.36

 

Dojo points are used to encourage children to be on time and maintain attendance.
A good example is set by the whole Year 4 staff  team by praising attendance and punctuality.


English – Writing
Year 4 welcomed their new teacher Mrs Whittaker after the Easter break. The children learnt how to identify issues and dilemmas in different situations in their literacy hour. As part of this topic children have written a newspaper report at the end of the unit.
Year 4 children also produced two formal persuasive letters addressing two extremely important issues; Tesco opening a new store on our school field and deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest. Children examined a variety of positive and negatives around both issues and offered their own opinions and suggestions.  The deforestation letters are currently on display outside the classroom.


Our current English topic is based around instruction writing and we are examining written, visual and verbal instructions myths.  The plan is to tackle the topic in a creative, exciting and stimulating way with a range of instructions linked to Origami, PE and an obstacle course. The year 4 children are also learning about Greek Myths which is also linked to the history topic “Ancient Greece”. They have read a variety of Greek Myths and identified the different features of myths. Children are enjoying the mythical stories immensely and are looking forward to creating their own stories.

 

English – Reading
Year 4 took part in a shared reading scheme examining a variety of thought-provoking texts. We concentrated our shared reading on ‘The Boy with Blue Hair’; a short story based around issues in a school setting. It proved to be a fantastic choice of text as we did a variety of drama based activities around the various issues and linked our reading to PSHE. Throughout the shared reading every child had the opportunity to do reading, speaking & listening and drama activities. They tried role play, conscience alley, hot seating, freeze framing and scenario work. The children loved the drama element! We completed our shared reading with a story review which is now on display above our book corner.
During the May half term holiday I set up a photographic competition for the most obscure and entertaining place that pupils and staff could be caught reading… Extreme Reading! There was a fantastic response to the competition and really positive feedback around the idea/concept as a whole. The photographs will be on display in the Year 3/4 corridor soon…

 


 English – Homework
At the start of the summer term I introduced an English Homework book with the aim of helping children with their comprehension skills. The English Homework book includes a variety of texts and a real mixture of questions to test children on a variety of areas within the English curriculum. It has really helped with the delivery of regular, challenging and interesting homework. 
Maths
Following the introduction of assertive mentoring, Year 4 children have been making their way through the various stages. Currently I have a mixture of Stage 2 and Stage 3 children in my Maths class. For Stage 2 and Stage 3 children to progress they need a secure knowledge of their multiplication and division facts. As a class we have been building up these facts through a variety of class based competitions, practical partner work and differentiated independent work. We have progressed from 1d x 1d – 1d x 2d – 1d x 3d - 2d x 2d! Children now have secure knowledge of the grid method, vertical multiplication and a variety of multiplication based vocabulary e.g. product and multiple.
Children who are in Mrs Whittaker’s numeracy class have been busy learning the types of angles, how to identify and measure them. As well as angles, children learnt how to read and plot co-ordinates also drawing 2-d shapes in the first quadrant. Some children embraced the challenge of working in 2nd, 3rd and 4th quadrants. It has been a great pleasure to see children growing confident and applying their knowledge of co-ordinates.
During the second part of the summer term children will be re visiting different areas of numeracy such as time, money problems etc. and prepare for their final assessment in year 4.

 

Maths – Homework
At the start of the summer term I introduced a Maths Homework book with the aim of helping children with their mental arithmetic skills. The Maths Homework book includes a variety of questions from different areas within the Maths curriculum. Every test is split up into three sections and gets progressively harder throughout each section. I used the Maths Homework book at Healey Primary School and have seen the positive impact it can have on children. It has really helped with the delivery of regular, challenging and interest homework.


Year 4 now have a set routine of challenging Maths and English homework throughout the school  week and a  creative homework task during school holidays.

 

Science
Last half term our science topic was ‘Sound’. Children found out how sound was made and experimented making their own string telephone using plastic cups and string. They investigated how vibrations travelled through the string and how to manipulate the variables in order for the vibrations to travel during their experiment.

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