The KJS Curriculum in Year 4

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Welcome to Year 4 at Kowloon Junior School. Our general aims for children in Y4 are for them to build comprehensively on their learning from Year 3 and to have a fun, stimulating year in school. In doing so, we encourage them to be more independent, to develop a sense of responsibility, enhance their organisational skills and provide opportunities for them to use their own initiative and creativity.

In September, parents are invited to an evening to meet their child’s new teacher. This forum allows for basic introductions and enables the class teacher to inform parents of the class systems and expectations for the year ahead. Parents are encouraged to ask questions regarding the curriculum and the process of supporting their child through the next academic year.

Across the year group, we provide work of a similar nature to ensure all our children's experiences are consistent and relevant. Care is taken over the choice of projects to make them as meaningful to the children as possible. Emphasis is placed on the skills of co-operation and respect of others and their opinions or ideas.

We will give a personal school diary to each child in which there is a class timetable and where they will record their home reading and other important information. We will also include some important key words for each of our new topics which we would like you to explain or discuss with your child. Please check your child's diary regularly as it is an important link between home and school, and sign it as appropriate.

Children in Y4 are required to complete set homework each week. The homework is designed to develop study skills and complement the work done in class and will have been explained during class time. Each week the children will receive English, Maths and Inquiry homework. If a child has any problem with the homework, then a note from the parent should be written in the child's homework diary. Assistance may be given by the parent, but the final work should reflect the efforts of the child. Please get involved but allow your child to be in charge.

Between 15 and 20 minutes a night should also be devoted to reading. Some of this reading time should be spent in a shared reading experience with an adult. At home, the children should be encouraged to read a variety of material to include newspapers, magazines, comics, etc., as well as their school library books and class reader. Reading should be fun and relaxing, it is a vital life skill that we must encourage.

On occasions throughout the year, the children will be taken out of school to visit places of interest connected to their work. Full details of all such visits will be sent to parents well in advance. Parental assistance on the day is often requested so if you have time to get involved in your child’s education we would look forward to you joining us.

During Year 4 we will arrange camp to the Sai Kung, New Territories area for 3 days, 2 nights. Full details of this will be sent to all parents in advance of the camp, however it is an integral part of the curriculum and all children are encouraged to attend.

If you require to see a class teacher at any time, please telephone for an appointment. Your child's class teacher will be pleased to assist you with any queries you might have. We enjoy a very open relationship with our parents so please contact the school at any time.

LANGUAGE

English

The children read a variety of books to increase fluency, expression, understanding and enjoyment. They will take part in shared, guided and individual reading sessions. The children will also have a variety of texts read aloud to them. It is important that they read both silently and aloud and that reading is a regular part of their routine both at home and at school. The children will carry out a book study while also creating their own publication containing reference material. They will also experience several books by the same author, but written in different styles.

Pupils learn to write in a range of genres or styles, organising and developing their ideas logically, using appropriate vocabulary and a variety of sentence structures. They follow an individual spelling programme that allows them to work at their appropriate level. Key topic words will be introduced as an integral part of the spelling programme. Handwriting is developed to the 'joined up' stage. Pupils will be given the opportunity to express their opinions and ideas on a range of issues. They will be expected to listen appreciatively to the viewpoints of others.

Mandarin

Pupils will learn simple communicative language relating to greetings, talking about themselves, numbers, festivals, food and drinks, family and other activities. While emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking skills, reading and writing skills are also taught. The children are encouraged to work independently as well as co-operatively as a group. They are also made aware of Chinese culture and customs through story telling, art work and other related activities. Pinyin is taught to enhance their pronunciation

MATHEMATICS

In Mathematics, children are asked to apply their mathematical knowledge to the solving of everyday problems. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and consolidation of place value and the relationships between numbers. The children practise computation skills in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers up to and beyond 3 digits (H.T.U.). They will develop their mental recall of number bonds and multiplication tables. They build on their knowledge of fractions and classification of 2D and 3D shapes, using symmetry and tesselation. They are expected to select appropriate measurements in calculations of length, weight (mass), area, volume and time. Children will have the opportunity to collect, classify, represent and interpret data using tables, graphs and diagrams. Problem solving activities will also be undertaken both individually and in collaborative groups.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL and PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PSPE) 

P.E.

The P.E. programme encourages the children to be active through challenging and enjoyable activities in all aspects of P.E. - athletics, dance, games and gymnastics. Each area has a specific focus. Children are expected to work co-operatively, showing an awareness for safety at all times. Competition is actively encouraged, but with an emphasis on pupils developing positive attitudes to the conventions of teamwork and fair, honest sporting behaviour. The children learn to cope with both success and failure.

P.S.E. 

 

MUSIC

The music programme builds on and develops the early musical experiences of the children. Singing is continued as a primary activity in which rounds and part singing are introduced. Children continue to develop instrumental work using percussion, recorder or other instruments and are encouraged to experiment with simple composition in groups. Listening skills are extended and children are taught to evaluate and appraise recorded musical compositions.

Drama

The children will undertake various activities including role play exercises on published plays. This will culminate in each child’s class presenting a class assembly performed for parents and fellow students.

 

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

I.C.T.

The children develop their understanding of the way in which files are produced, stored and retrieved and experience creating and deleting directories. They continue to increase their familiarity with programming concepts by using a screen turtle. The basic concepts of desk top publishing are explored and the children experience manipulating text and graphics. The facilities of an art/graphics program are used to create designs, which are then used with other software packages. The concept of data handling is introduced through the use of a data base and the Internet is used to find information and to send or retrieve e-mail. All children have access to laptop computers to develop their learning.

All parents are sent a termly update of curriculum information which will provide more specific details of the learning objectives to be covered and allows for further support at home if required.

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