Year 4

The small class size allows lots of opportunity for collaborative working and the children enjoy plenty of attention from the teaching staff.  All National Curriculum subjects are taught.  

Pupils have their own Class Teachers (Mrs Sophie Taylor and Mrs Sara Jackson) who have pastoral responsibility for the children in their care and teach English, Geography, History, RE and PSHE to their class.  Specialist teachers take classes for Music, Art, DT, French, Computing, PE, Swimming and Drama.  The curriculum is differentiated within the classroom to meet the needs of each child and there is very good SEN provision for those requiring further support.

The children are taught in their class for all lessons except Maths, where they are divided into sets; the same curriculum is taught in each set, but the pace of teaching will vary, with more challenging work being set for the more able and extra support and reinforcement work being offered for those pupils who need it.   The children are taught as a whole year group for Sport, PE and Swimming.

The curriculum is enriched by outings and visits related to Year 4 classroom topics.  These include learning sessions at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester (Anglo-Saxons), as well as tasty cooking sessions at Waitrose and a geography field trip to the River Chelt.

Homework is set to provide reinforcement and consolidation of work covered in lessons and to encourage personal research skills.  Year 4 children are expected to read regularly, learn spellings and also practice their times tables.  They also have a piece of written Literacy, Maths, Science and History/Geography work each week taking approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

A variety of after-school clubs are offered to all Year 4 pupils.  These include seasonal sports clubs and children may be selected to represent Airthrie in matches against other local schools.

Class Parent Representatives are Mrs Laura Jacobs and Mrs Meng Tudor.


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Recent Larch News

Visite au restaurant L'Artisan pour manger les crêpes

What a lovely welcome we received at the French restaurant, L'Artisan.  Pupils answered questions about themselves in French and named (in French) all of the items they would need to make pancakes,... Read more

Fairtrade Fortnight and making samosas at Waitrose

As part of their Topic on India, recently, Larch pupils had the opportunity to visit the Demo Studio at Waitrose to make Samosas and a tasty raita dip.  This was followed by a trip around the aisles... Read more

Google Internet Legends

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Exploring Digestion in Science Lessons

Year 4 pupils used their hands to represent the muscular walls of the stomach to explore what happens during digestion.  Also, they carried out the whole digestive process (using breakfast food and... Read more

Tennis Leaders

Last Thursday saw our Year 4 pupils take advantage of a fabulous offer to participate in a tennis session coached by some of the 14 and 15 year old Cheltenham Ladies' College girls who are hoping to... Read more

Exploring Sound in Science

This half term pupils in Year 4 have been learning about sound.  They explored the sound made by different instruments and how the pitch of a sound can be altered, for example, how tightening a... Read more

The Cheltenham Science Festival

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Lacrosse Taster Day

On Wednesday 23 May, pupils in Years 4 and 5 attended Cheltenham Ladies' College for a Lacrosse Taster Day.  This was organised by CLC sports staff and a select group of local schools were invited to... Read more

Pentecost 'Party'

In RE lessons Year 4 pupils have been studying the importance of Pentecost for Christians.  In today's lesson, ahead of Pentecost Sunday, we held a Pentecost 'Party' where we shared some bread and... Read more

Larch 'in Switzerland'

In preparation for French in the World Day at Airthrie tomorrow, pupils in Year 4 participated in a 'blind' chocolate tasting during their French lesson today.  Each of us enjoyed a tiny taste of... Read more