Year 4

Welcome to Year 4.  Our class teacher is Mrs Smissen.

This is an exciting time for our Year 4 children as they reach the end of their lower school career. It is a time for exploration, leadership, growth and building resilience as they utilise all they have learnt in previous years to embrace the curriculum and prepare for life at middle school.


Aims

The curriculum in Year Four is designed with the ethos to encourage independence and resilience, not just for a term, a year or for transition………. but for life.

Confidence and self-belief are essential requisites for pupils to succeed not only in school but in society today.

Therefore in Year Four we aim to provide pupils with varied opportunities to develop their self-belief, gain in confidence and build up their resilience.

We  also provide opportunities to show children how to use their knowledge across the curriculum to encourage them to be curious about the world around them.

Opportunities to represent the school

Head boy and girl

Only pupils in Year Four can represent the school as Head boy and Girl. These pupils are essentially the face of the school. These pupils take pride in their appearance, have an abundance of enthusiasm, must be organised, and grow in confidence through their roles.

School council

Pupils are encouraged to represent the school through the school council. Here the pupils develop their communication skills amongst adults and their peers. They take part in debates and negotiation: these skills require pupils to communicate effectively, understand the etiquette of persuasive interaction, experience success and disappointment in a well-managed environment. As the eldest children in the school, Year 4 have an important role to play in the school council meetings by being role models for the other members of the council.

Sports ambassadors

Our pupils in year four are offered the opportunity to represent the school as Sports ambassadors. The pupils undertake training, learning how to communicate effectively, prepare and oversee a sports festival for the younger pupils within the school.

Our pupils also represent their school at sports ambassador meetings: where their opinions on different sports and activities are debated and discussed across the Lower school consortium.

Opportunities to make a difference

MacMillan

Year four ran a MacMillan coffee afternoon, organised the invitations, cakes, refreshments and hosted the whole event. They made a fantastic job of serving teas, coffees and their famous hot chocolate.  At the end of the event they then helped clear everything away. In total they managed to raise £225 for the cause.

Choir

The pupils have the chance to take part in the event ‘voice in a million’. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children who take part, as they travel to Wembley Arena and perform with other schools that have travelled from all over the country.

Watch me learn

Year 4 parents are invited to attend “watch me learn” mornings. During these mornings parents and carers are encouraged to participate in the lessons with their children. These sessions have proven to be enlightening and useful for parents, carers, and pupils: developing an understanding of the subjects and content of the curriculum alongside sharing the experience with their children.

Assemblies

Assemblies are always based around the topic of the time. This year pupils will be exploring the world of the Incas and the Indus Valley before looking at the Romans.

Our pupils are encouraged to be involved in the choice of assembly, writing, performance and songs; this develops a sense of ownership which encourages partnerships and a sense of pride in their own work. One of the most anticipated assemblies of the year is the year 4 leavers assembly and is a time of celebration across the whole school.

Younger year groups

Our Pupils are encouraged to work alongside the younger year groups. This enhances their patience, communication and social skills. One way this is encouraged is through a buddy system where the Year 4’s buddy up with a Year R and help them with their reading, writing or art projects.

Opportunities to grow

Residential

In early 2017, the Year 4’s will be visiting Newlands Park Adventure centre for an overnight residential experience.

Pupils will experience crate building, rock climbing, zip wire and lots more fun activities all designed to encourage communication, collaboration and resilience.

Developing independence is essential for the year four pupils, for many this will be a huge step, the very first time away from home.

Every pupil will be encouraged to participate in all the activities to the best of their ability. It is evitable that pupils will find some of the activities challenging, however, this is the ideal opportunity to try and experience new events which venture outside of their comfort zones. Pupils will return without the fear of failure which often loiters around this age group, with an increased air of achievement and bursting with pride in their own abilities.

Transition

Transition often proves to be a difficult time for pupils. Change and the fear of the unknown can be frightening. However, we encapsulate the fear and encourage the pupils to discuss, visit and communicate with the Middle schools. At St George’s we adapt our lessons to engage pupils in P.H.S.C.E. lessons and middle school topics.

We encourage pupils to communicate their own views and feelings, which enables us as a school to direct and plan our involvement, effectively.

It is hoped that throughout the year our aim to build pupils self- belief and resilience will now be a tool which enables pupils to communicate their needs in an effective manner.

Helping the pupils to recognise their fears, striving to work through them and remaining resilient until they are comfortable with the situation, should aid transition.

It is inevitable that pupils will react differently to transition, some will make mistakes; it is our role as a school to alleviate the fears.

It is the roles of the pupils to build on their previous experiences, accept the advice, and keep the communication open and to embrace the move as an exciting, supported experience.