In Lower Key Stage 2 at Kingston, children continue to experience a varied curriculum. There is a thematic topic-based approach and links are made between different subjects to help children to put their learning into context. Where possible, links are made with real life experiences that our pupils can relate to.
Reading and Homework
Weekly homework is set in Maths or English and our pupils are expected to read five times a week as part of our ‘Kingston Rainbow Reading Scheme’. Spelling activities are also given as homework.
We choose exciting and vibrant themes as a vehicle to teach the National Curriculum. Recent themes have included Fantastic Beasts and The Egyptians. We enrich our curriculum provision with lots of educational trips and visits linked to our theme.
We deliver the new National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 through these themes. Children gain knowledge about the different subjects and learn important skills in Science, History, Geography, Computing, Art & Design and Design Technology. Other taught subjects include Music, PSHE, Spanish, R.E. and P.E. Children have P.E. lessons twice each week.
The importance of children making progress in English and Maths is reflected in the fact that lessons are taught in these subjects every day.
We teach maths through the Singapore Maths method. This method incorporates established international research into a highly effective teaching approach. With its emphasis on teaching pupils to solve problems, Singapore Maths teaching is the envy of the world. We use the Maths No Problem Scheme of work with an emphasis on learning maths through using concrete materials, then progressing to pictorial representations of problems and finally moving onto abstract representations. By spending time with concrete materials, pupils develop a more solid understanding of key concepts.
The key areas covered in Maths in year four are:
- Place value
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
The genres covered in English are:
- Information Texts
- Persuasive writing.
Children’s progress is assessed throughout the year through observations of how they approach their work in different subjects, through pupils' learning conversations with teachers and through their written work. Pupils’ writing levels are assessed twice a half term using our Kingston levelling scheme in Big Writing. There are formal assessment weeks three times throughout the year which, combined with teachers’ ongoing assessments, give an indication of where a child is in line with the national average. National Curriculum levels are shared with parents and carers at Parent/Teacher conferences and in the end of year written reports. Teachers use the information from the assessments to set targets and plan work to ensure that each child continues to make progress.
Please see specific subject tabs for more information on our year 4 curriculum
Be prepared in Year 4
- Have you got your homework, book bag, snack, and lunch?
- Have you got your PE kit in school?
- Don’t forget to take home letters to your parents;
- Be responsible for changing your reading book;
- Push yourself, work hard at home, do extra if you can.