By Year 4 the children are now established as juniors and as such the work becomes more challenging. They are required to produce a larger volume of writing and solve more complex problems. Because of this we encourage the children to approach tasks as independently as they can. We encourage them to see errors as opportunities to learn and to try and be open and willing to discuss any problems. They spend time carefully learning how to assess their own work and that of others in a supportive but honest manner. The children learn how to provide accurate and supportive comments when assessing each other’s work, providing feedback that both enhances their own understanding of a task whilst giving the partner useful and well targeted advice. The children are used to responding to adults comments and using these to improve their work too.
We like to encourage mutual respect and co-operation, valuing everybody’s opinions and contributions. Children are taught that manners and kindness to others will not only make their classmates happier but will create an atmosphere where they can learn more productively.
In Year 4 we go swimming and our lessons end with a swimming gala. We then have a special Gala Assembly to show the Year 4 parents how hard the children have worked and to see all the progress they have made.
In Year 4 our home work is linked to the concepts we study in class and we are given the opportunities to research and extend our ideas in our learning logs.