Giraffes & Lions - Year 4
In Lions and Giraffes’ classes we are guided by the National
Curriculum and the Cornerstones Curriculum which we follow as a school. We choose topics which inspire the children
to be creative learners and thinkers. To
enable this, we start each half termly topic with a Wow day or activity, which
often involves a trip or a visitor to the school. Homework tasks are also set around the topic,
with a mixture of English, Maths and other curriculum areas.
English lessons, both reading and writing, are usually based
around a book which is linked to the year group topic. We aim to do as much drama and speaking and
listening as possible to help the children to develop their writing skills. Spelling is taught twice a week using Oxford
Owl spelling program and fun spelling activities are sent home to support
this. Reading is taught on a whole class
basis, with some children reading to a volunteer adult on a weekly basis. The children visit the school library on a
weekly basis and are encouraged to take a book home. There is a reward system in place for
children who read regularly and record it in their Reading Record.
Maths is taught as a whole class, following the national
curriculum. Ensuring coverage of number,
measurement, geometry and statistics throughout the year. We use concrete resources to help ensure that
all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to reason and
solve problems confidently.
Other curriculum areas are covered through the topic. RE is taught in a block every half term. Music is taught by a specialist teacher and
the pupils have regular access to the Forest School.
The topics for this year are:
I am Warrior!
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Traders and Raiders
Road Trip USA
We spent the first half term looking at the Circus, to
coincide with the Circus being based at the school. We also did a lot of work, including a visit
to Africa Alive, around our class animals.
Every term, the parents/carers are invited to a year group assembly
and to either a Reading or Maths café.
These are usually very well attended.