Year 4 (Jasmine Class) is the second year of Key Stage Two. In Year 4, the children have daily lessons in maths and literacy. Work units typically last for six to eight weeks. Each one has an exciting entry point and an engaging subject (for example, Chocolate, Inventions and Machines and Fashion). The children are encouraged to bring in information from home and to relate their own experiences to their learning. The curriculum is enriched by going on a variety of stimulating trips connected to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Science units of work.
The children start swimming lessons in Year 4 and continue to learn Spanish. Geography, History, Art, Music and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are all taught through the IPC unit of work. Through Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) the children are able to explore their feelings and develop positive attitudes towards others, the environment and themselves. They also learn First Aid and study the Year 4 sex education unit.
In Year 4, children become increasingly independent and work both individually and in collaborative groups towards clearly indentified learning goals. They are involved in reviewing their learning targets and setting new ones and are expected to take an active role in their learning. Children are encouraged to take greater responsibility for organising their things, such as bringing in their PE kits on the right day and getting on with their homework on their own. They are expected to complete a piece of literacy/topic and maths homework each week in addition to learning weekly spellings and reading for fifteen to twenty minutes each night. As well as weekly spelling tests, there is a focus on learning times tables.
We welcome parental support in class, for example with topic work, but especially with making sure that children arrive at school on time, well rested and ready for their learning experience.