Year 4 Blog

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28 January 2022

Circuits and board games!

In Year 4 this week, we have been making circuits, designing board games and thinking about trust in our friendships.   The children have been especially excited about...

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21 January 2022

It’s cricket in Year 4!

In Year 4 this week, we have been busy getting to grips with cricket, practising giving very specific instructions and finding out about the dangers of electricity.  ...

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14 January 2022

Inventions and Instructions

This has been a great first full week of Spring term which was once again jam-packed, starting our new topics across the curriculum including inventions, cricket, multiplication and...

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Curriculum

Autumn 2021

Ancient Egypt | Survival

Autumn 1 - Ancient Egypt

Autumn 2 – Survival

Spring 2022

Invention | Around the World in 80 Days

Spring 1 – Invention

Spring 2 – Around the World in 80 Days

Summer 2022

Water Under the Sea | Shadow Play

Summer 1 – Water Under the Sea

Summer 2 – Shadow Play

Learning skills and expectations

Year 4 Curriculum Learning Skills and Expectations

Children are expected to achieve different milestones at the end of each year. This PDF gives details of what we are working towards in Year 3.

Learning Skills

Our curriculum evolves in discussion with children and our wider staff team so that it is stays fresh and dynamic; but these expectations are our guide. We also teach children how to develop learning skills

Writing & Spelling

Year 4 writing expectations

Lower Key Stage 2 common exception words

Additional Resources

To supplement the rich curriculum that we offer at the University of Cambridge Primary School, there are a range of online platforms that can be used at home to support children with their learning.

Below are links to a range of websites that give general information about what to expect in year 4:

English

Our English curriculum at UCPS follows the national curriculum guidelines and encompasses Grammar, Punctuation, Handwriting, Spelling and Composition. The expectations for Year 4 writing can be found here.

To ease you into the year, Cambridgeshire County Council have put together a document to support children as they transition from Year 3 to Year 4 English skills and content.

Below you will find a range of websites and links that can support consolidation of the Year 4 English curriculum at home.

Grammar & Punctuation

Handwriting

Spelling

Writing & Genres

Maths

Mathematics learning at the University of Cambridge Primary School seeks to foster in pupils a genuine depth of understanding with the aim for all children to gain mastery of foundational mathematical concepts alongside the development of positive dispositions towards the learning of the subject. More information about our mathematics curriculum can be found on our Mastery in Maths Strategy.

To ease you into the year, Cambridgeshire County Council have put together a document to support children as they transition from Year 3 to Year 4 maths skills and content.

Below you will find a range of websites and links that can support consolidation of the Year 4 maths curriculum at home.

Number & Place Value

Addition & Subtraction

Multiplication & Division

Fractions (decimals & percentages)

Measurement

Properties of Shape

Position & Direction

Handling Data

Reading

We use the Department for Education’s Letter and Sounds’ Phonics strategy, supported by Phonics Bug, to nurture our early readers at UCPS. As the children move into year 4, we develop their comprehension skills further. This includes:

  • Vocabulary development
  • Inference of thoughts, feelings and situations
  • Prediction of what will happen next, based on events so far
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising content

Below you will find a range of websites and links that can support the development of children’s comprehension skills at home.

Other Curriculum Subjects

Art & Design

At UCPS, our children have opportunities to express themselves through a range of artistic mediums. Below you can find links to a drawing activities and other artistic pursuits that can be completed at home.

Computing

If you would like to practice your touch typing you can visit Typing Club or Nitro Typing. Both are free to sign up for, as is Scratch where you can practice your coding skills.

ThinkUKnow has also developed a pack of activities for you to do at home that explore different aspects of online safety.Google’s “Be Internet Legends” platform offers an online adventure that teaches the key lessons of internet safety through four fun, challenging games.

Design and Technology (D.T)

D.T falls under our STEM curriculum at UCPS as we aim to foster critical and abstract thinking alongside practical engineering and design-based activities. STEM Learning has collated a series of practical activities from nutrition to engineering that can be completed independently or together as a family.

Geography

BBC Teach has a range of activities to support the learning of geography at home, and World Geography Games is a fun way to consolidate knowledge.

History

More information about the historic periods covered in school can be found in the Year 2 Curriculum. However, BBC Teach and National Geographic Kids have pooled together a wealth of knowledge and activities on a range of eras across history.

Music

Singing and experiencing music is something we at UCPS believe in doing daily. Here are some websites where you can extend that into your home.

Physical Education (P.E)

There are lots of ways you can keep fit and healthy both indoors and outside. BBC Teach and the Get Set team have put together a range of ideas to inspire you to get active at home!

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economics (PSHCE)

As part of our statutory duty, UCPS delivers a comprehensive PSHCE curriculum in school. For parents who wish to learn more about the topics covered and consolidate the learning at home, the PSHE Association has put together a range of packs to support home learning in this area.

Religious Studies (R.E)

We cover a range of faiths in our Religious Education curriculum at UCPS. More information can be found on the year group weekly blogs and curriculum guidance.

Science

The websites below offer a range of science activities and challenges that are appropriate to do at home.