Miss Batt, Mrs Matthews, Mrs Quinn, Mr Moore, Mr Bartley & Miss Yates

Welcome to the strangest start to Year 4 ever! 2020 will forever be remembered for the unprecedented events that have shaken the world we know. After a 6 month period of Lockdown; we are all striving to get back to some kind of ‘normal’ and begin to resume school life in the best circumstances possible.

In our year group we pride ourselves on our pupils trying their hardest and becoming more independent leaners. We will endeavour to do this by having an enthusiastic and positive approach to learning; motivated by a range of excellent opportunities. Obviously, because of events out of our control, this may take longer this year or look a bit different. Also some pupils may need extra support and time; which we will readily provide and take the steps together, no matter how small or big they are.

We aim to create memorable experiences for our children, inside and outside of the classroom where ever possible, challenging their inquisitive and curious minds. As a team we consistently promote positive behaviour and use Dojo points to reward and incentivise our children to always try their best and demonstrate our six core ‘DREAMS’ values. This year more than ever, our children will be displaying their determination and resilience, as events may occur along the way that may re-route our learning journey; however together we will ensure that they stay on the right path.

Through the curriculum this year we will be exploring and enjoying some exciting topics. From discovering all about Europe and North America; including what it’s like to live in these places and their cultures; to learning about Volcanoes across the world and the ferociousness of them. We cannot wait to re-trace our steps in history and teach topics such as the Romans, Victorians and the Shang Dynasty. As Scientists, we will delve into the workings of the ear and how sound is made and travels; as well as sparking your imaginations exploring how electricity works. In P4C we will be challenging stereotypes and generating questioning about the world in a fun and supportive way. SMSC is a great vehicle for exploring events, famous people and traditions; we will take that journey together. These are just a selection of the stimulating topics we have to look forward to this year.

Regardless of what may come our way this year, we will face it together and ensure that it is a successful and brilliant experience for all; creating memories to cherish, stretching knowledge and enhancing learning along the way.

Here’s to an amazing year in Year 4!

Year 4 – Remote Education Activities

Where a class, group or a small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or local restrictions require pupils to remain at home, we have the capacity to offer immediate remote education! We understand that there will be implications on parents/carers and children alike – if our school were to close, if a bubble were to be sent home or if your child has to self-isolate. We understand that children may need to share access to technology, parents may be juggling supporting remote learning and working remotely themselves and that many parents may be trying to support children of different ages, from different classes and indeed, different schools. Therefore, we want to be as supportive as possible in this difficult time and provide a clear, effective platform and structure for our whole-school community. All remote education tasks for the pupils will be communicated through our new ‘Remote Learning Activities’ template. When applicable, these will be posted to parents/carers on Class Dojo and uploaded to our school website (below) Enjoy…

Year 4 – Achievement Statements

Year 4 Maths Achievement Statements Year 4 Reading Achievement Statements Year 4 Writing Achievement Statements

Our Whole-School Curriculum Map

We have six school values which permeate all aspects of life at Florence Melly Community Primary. These values are centred round the acronym: DREAMS. Each half-term is allocated to one of these core values and these are explored as a whole-school theme. Weekly themes, under the core values umbrella theme, form the focus for our SMSC lessons and assemblies. For example, during our Safety themed half-term – our children explore themes such as ‘NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe’, ‘Share Aware Online Safety’ and ‘Different Families, Same Love’. 

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Whole-School Curriculum Map – Autumn Term 2020   Whole-School Curriculum Map – Spring 2021   Whole-School Curriculum Map – Summer 2021

Year 4 – Year Group Specific Curriculum Map

Our curriculum has been carefully built and the learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group crafted to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. Subject leaders have developed subject specific characteristics which we expect the children to demonstrate in each discrete subject area. These characteristics underpin all work in these subjects and form a focal point for display areas and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and pupils. We empower our staff to organise their curriculum as they see fit to best suit the needs of the pupils in their care. They are best placed to make these judgements. Staff develop year group specific long-term curriculum maps which identify when the different subjects and topics will be taught across the academic year. The vast majority of subjects are taught discretely but staff make meaningful links across subjects to deepen children’s learning.

Year 4 Curriculum Map