Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 at The Discovery School!


Year 4 is made up of 3 classes and we are located in the Cathedral End of the school. 


Archimedes

Miss Meiners

Miss Ledeczky 

Mrs Steenberg

 

Berners-Lee

Mrs Ingles

Mrs Healy (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

Mrs Scott (Thursday and Friday)

Miss Bennett

 

Hubble

Mr Stannard (Year 4 Leader)

Mrs Moore (Monday to Thursday)

Mrs Rayward (Friday)

 

Should the need arise, feel free to contact us using the following options:

  • Telephone 01732 847 000 – ask the office for a call back and the class teacher will call back at a convenient time.
  • Email the office if there is a change with pick up arrangements, appointments, absences etc - office@discovery.kent.sch.uk
  • Or contact the teachers directly via email.

Mrs Ingles, Berners-Lee - ringles@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Miss Meiners, Archimedes - hmeiners@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Mr Stannard, Hubble - kstannard@discovery.kent.sch.uk

The year group leader for Year 4 is Mr Stannard who also teaches Hubble class. Please contact him, via his email address, for any concerns that have not been resolved after a conversation with the class teacher.

 

 

Curriculum 

The curriculum at The Discovery School is an enquiry based one in which the children are encouraged to ask and answer questions about a topic.  Throughout the year the children in Year 4 will be trying to discover the answers to these 'Questions for Discovery':

Term 1: 'Do All People Have The Same Dreams?' 

 Little-People-Big-Dreams-Curriculum-Map-v4.pdf

Science: What is sound? Here the children will explore what sound is, how we hear, how sound is formed and how it travels. We are excited about all the practical investigations included in our exploring of this big question!

French: The children in Year 4 will be listening, responding, speaking and beginning to write a range of words and phrases building on their knowledge from Year 3.

Computing: Exploring algorithms and coding will form the focus of our Computing lessons over these two terms. Using Lego Wedo to understand all about coding is something Year 4 cannot wait to get started on.

P.E: Our outdoor lessons will use 'Multi Skills' as a vehicle to drive our learning of working in teams to solve problems and challenges. Whilst our indoor lessons will use hockey as a vehicle to help the children learn all about the rules of hockey, develop their passing, dribbling and attacking skills, which they will then use in a range of game situations. 

D.T: Here we will be investigating pneumatics and how they are used in modern times. Understanding and designing, as well as using a range of materials to create a simple pneumatic design will form the basis of our work. 

Art: What is a portrait? Using the artist Amedeo Modigliani, Year 4 pupils will develop their artistic skills using watercolours and acrylics. 

Music: Looking at musical genres will help us to understand how music can bring us together. 

PSHE: Over the first two terms we will focus on helping the children understand how we can look after our wellbeing. 

RE: We will be using Christianity and Hinduism to explore why some people pray and believe in God, and how this affects how they live their lives. 


Terms 2 and 3: 'What Did The Romans Bring To Britain?'

Science: Animals (including humans) as well as Electricity will be investigated by the children in terms 2 and 3. Circuits and linking this to our Computing work on Makey Makey will feed into these lessons, alongside learning about digestion and teeth.

French: Family members, greetings and hobbies will be covered in French. 

Computing: We will learn all about manipulating sounds and images using iMovie for this unit. 

P.E: The children will develop their skills and knowledge in invasion games and gymnastics. 

History: The Roman invasion of Britain and how their lifestyle developed, alongside Roman Gods and their inventions will be studied by the children. 

D.T: Cooking and making pizzas, including how to prepare and cook a savoury and tasty dish safely and hygienically using a heat source. 

Music: How does music connect us with the past? How does music make the world a better place?

PSHE: We will explore similarities and differences between people and respect traditions, beliefs and lifestyles as well as belonging to a community.   

RE: We will be using Christianity and Hinduism to explore why some people pray and believe in God, and how this affects how they live their lives. 

Terms 4 and 5: 'What Makes Our World Wonderful?'

Geography: Studying counties in England and places in Europe, locating the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, human and physical features will form much of our work in this unit.

Music: Singing, listening, composing and performing will form the key elements of our music lessons across these terms. 

Art: The children will be designing, printing and using clay whilst studying the artistic works of Hokusai and Esher to create their own prints and also clay animals.

Science: Learning all about the different states of matter, evaporation and condensation will form the basis of our investigations in these lessons.

Computing: We will be designing, writing and debugging algorithms, using an increasing number of variables and sequence these to enable effective program functions. 

PSHE: Developing and maintaining positive online relationships will be a continuous topic for Terms 4 and 5. 

RE: We will continue to explore Christianity and Hinduism and looking at the significance and impact these have had on worldviews. 

PE: The key sports the children will use to drive our learning forward in PE are: tennis and dance.

French: Festivals, weather, direction and numbers will be explored using songs and games. 

 

Term 6: 'What makes the Anglo Saxons Special?'

Geography - Settlements in Britain, Similarities and differences between the South of England and Denmark, compass directions, human and physical features of the local are.

History: The children will have great opportunities to look at the history behind houses, food & farming, clothing and the Battle of Hastings.

Music: Singing, listening, composing and performing will form the key elements of our music lessons across these terms using Charanga.

Art: Drawing, painting and sewing skills will be taught in this topic, with opportunities for the children to master over time. 

Science - Living things and their habitats including the classification of flowers, vertebrates and invertebrates will be explored.

Computing - Debugging and website creation is key to our work on the Anglo Saxons. 

PSHE:  Mental health, families and love, different viewpoints, respect of others, making choices about the environment, diversity, stereotypes, money and jobs will all be discussed and worked on. 

RE: We will continue to explore Christianity and Hinduism and looking at the significance and impact these have had on worldviews. 

PE: Now the sun is shining, cricket and athletics will be our sporting vehicles for us to develop our skills, knowledge and tactics. 

French: Food, French-speaking countries, clothes and colours will be our finals units for the year.

Class Timetables for the term

Please be aware that timetables are subject to change depending upon circumstances.

Hubble Class Timetable

Archimedes Timetable

Berners-Lee Timetable

Homework

Year 4 homework will be set weekly through the school's online learning platform 'Class Dojo'.  It will contain links to the children's Purple Mash logins as well as the weekly spelling list.  Homework will take the following form:

  • Reading every night for 10 minutes – to be recorded in the reading record. Children are expected to read every night and bring their reading record into school each day.  The class teaching assistant will then record the children's reading and issue new books when they need them.  We encourage the children to be independent and remember to put the books in the basket for checking themselves. If your child does forget to hand in their books one day, the school has access to an excellent online library of books through 'Bug Club'.  You will have received a letter explaining how to access this excellent resource.  The link to it is https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 

  • Times table practice – Children are strongly encouraged to practice times tables at home each week. After the children complete their weekly speed grid, they should be able to quickly identify which times tables they need to work on next. We will be setting some times table practice on our new online platform Purple Mash (https://www.purplemash.com/login/).  This will be set weekly and should only take 5 minutes to complete.  However, we would encourage the children to practice their times tables everyday. We also have the brilliant TT Rock Stars resource that every child also has access to, which is excellent for practicing.  https://ttrockstars.com/

  • Weekly spellings to learn - The children will have lists of spellings to learn and be tested on these weekly.  Again, we will set a little spelling challenge each week on Purple Mash (https://www.purplemash.com/login/) for the children to explore.  However, we would encourage them to practice these spellings again at another time.

Spelling

A list of the spellings we will be covering this term can be found below. Each week your child will be expected to learn their spellings for a test. Archimedes, Hubble and Berners-Lee will be tested on the spellings on a Friday each week. All children will have a week to learn their spellings. You can also find a copy of the spellings for the term in your child's reading record.

Some activities you may wish to use with child to help them learn their spellings are:

  • Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check

  • Rainbow Write

  • Playdoh modelling

  • Writing in chalk

  • Make flashcards

  • Create own crosswords

  • Look up definitions

  • Find examples in their reading book

Year 4 Spelling Lists For the Year 

Times Tables

Primary-school children in Year 4 are expected to know all their times tables up to 12 x 12 under the current National Curriculum. To prepare them for this we will be providing pupils with the opportunity to practice their times tables knowledge using the following FREE link:

https://www.timestables.co.uk/speed-test/ 

As explained, during our meet the teacher morning, each week your child should be practising their times tables. They will be completing a speed grid in school each week, where they have 6 minutes to answer as many times table questions as they can. This will then be marked and the class teacher will identify a times table for your child to learn each week - please find this information in your child's reading record. The speed grids are differentiated to cater for all abilities. Examples of the speed grids to be completed can be found below.

Activities to help you and your child:

  • Times tables games can be found online

  • Use the practice sheets below to focus on a times table

  • Make flashcards

  • Create times table songs or poems 

After completing the speed grid, your child will move onto a differentiated Mental Maths paper each week . 

 

Spicy Speed Grid 

 

Year 4 reminders

  • Please remember that on PE days PE kits must be worn into school.  When the weather becomes colder, we strongly recommend the children come into school in navy jogging bottoms on PE days (rather than navy shorts) with an appropriate navy hoodie and coat.

  • All classes have outdoor PE on a Friday.

  • All classes have indoor PE on a Tuesday

  • Term 1 & 2 swimming - Archimedes
  • Term 3 & 4 swimming - Berners-Lee
  • Term 5 and 6 swimming - Hubble 

Meet the Teacher 

 

The narrated presentation of the 'Meet The Teacher' event is available here:

 

Meet the teacher Part 1

Meet the teacher Part 2

 

 

Open Door

We are always happy to discuss any concerns that you may have and support your child in any way possible. The best way to do this is a brief discussion at the end of the day.  We are always happy to meet with parents after school to do this.  If this is not possible, you can send your individual class teacher as email on their addresses listed at the top of the page. However, please bear in mind that it may take up to 48 hour to respond at busy times.  If your message is urgent or involves an on the day change in pick up arrangements, we would always recommend contacting the school office directly on the details listed below.

  • Telephone 01732 847 000 – ask for a call back and the class teacher will aim to return your call the same day.

Please remember that school policy is for staff to only respond to emails within the hours of 7:30am to 5pm and that responses may take up to 48 hours at busy times.

Useful Links

Below are a few links that could be useful to support your child:

Suggested Reading List

Books for Topics Support