Year 4 in Lion's Class is an exciting year of challenge and independence. The children have the opportunity to take on responsibilities around school and enjoy being the role models of our Christian values. They learn to collaborate, cooperate and communicate effectively with their peers and adults while continuously working towards becoming independent learners with a ‘can do’ attitude. The children build on their skills to reflect on their learning and help others to reflect on theirs. When they come to leave St Luke’s, at the end of year 4, the children will have a tool kit of skills that will equip them for middle school and beyond.
We have a rich curriculum in Year 4 that is taught through the topic wherever possible. These topics are blocked half termly (see the table below). However, the content and time spent on them is flexible and dependent on the needs and interests of the children. We embrace the use of technology and apply our computing skills across the curriculum. PE and Forest School is taught by specialists. RE is an integral part of our curriculum that the children very much enjoy. It is linked to our topics when it is appropriate, but we follow the Worcestershire agreed syllabus.
In English, children foster a love of literature and language as their learning centres around an engaging text that usually relates to the topic. They develop the skills and knowledge they need to become better readers who can comprehend and offer opinions with reasoning. Using the text, they continue to develop their writing skills by writing in a range of genres. They pay particular attention to effective grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Their mathematical learning enables them to apply acquired skills and knowledge to problem solving and real life situations. They become more fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics by recalling and applying knowledge with increasing accuracy and speed.
To the children of St Luke’s, Year 4 is synonymous with our residential trip. In the summer term, the children spend 3 days trying activities such as abseiling, climbing, zip wire, orienteering, bush and water crafts, and lots more. The focus is on team working, leadership, building independence, self-confidence and facilitating exploration. The memories they make there are precious and lasting.
The transition to middle school is never far from our minds in year 4. We have strong links with our local middle schools. The children have a number of opportunities to visit our feeder middle school, Birchensale, for events throughout the year. We work closely with our local middle schools to support the children in their transition, especially in the summer term.
With a diet of choice, challenge and adventure, our Year 4 Lions leave St Luke’s ready to begin the next phase of their learning journey.