Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page
Please click here to view the Year 4 timetable for this term – SPRING 2019 timetable YR4
I hope that you have all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Thank you very much for all my lovely presents, cards and well wishes. We have an action packed Spring Term ahead of us and this newsletter is to give you a brief outline of what the children will be learning over the next few months.
For your information, Mr Webb will be teaching the children throughout the week and Mrs George is the Year 4 teaching assistant every morning. We are also lucky to have support in the classroom from Mrs Maji.
We hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about this term.
In English, the children will be studying a variety of Stories with Historical settings. We will focus upon the Anglo Saxon masterpiece, ‘Beowulf,’ whilst continuing to develop their ability to plan and compose longer pieces of writing. In our SPAG sessions (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar), the children will be developing a mastery of different punctuation types and how to correctly use them in their own writing.
In our Maths lessons we will be building on all previous learning, as well as taking the children into new areas of fractions and decimals. In our data handling sessions, we will continue our study of different graphs, whilst continuing the whole school focus on times tables.
Children are also set maths targets, again linked to essential number skills and/or the unit of work being covered. These will be evident in their maths books.
Our topic this term is the ‘Anglo Saxons’. The children will be finding out things such as:
- How Anglo Saxons have influenced the modern England
- The food, lifestyle and culture of the Anglo Saxons
- The architecture and modern remains of Anglo Saxon England
- The stories and beliefs of the Anglo Saxons
- The Battle of Hastings and the eventual fall of the Anglo Saxons
Our Science this term will focus on Sound. We will conduct experiments exploring volume and pitch, as well as the functions of the human ear. The children will also continue their work on writing up experiments and ensuring they are conducting fair tests.
This term your child will be having PE on a Wednesday and Thursday. They will need the correct PE kit which is a red t shirt, black shorts and a black track suit for colder days. Trainers are essential, plimsolls are not. Initially, both PE lessons will be outside until the weather changes. Throughout Spring, the children will be playing Tag Rugby with PE specialist Ben Cassidy, whilst focusing on Basketball in our Wednesday lessons.
This term, the children will be studying Pilgrimages across a wide range religions. We will study the different traditions and reasons behind the various religious journeys taken all over the world.
As mentioned previously, coming up is the annual residential trip to Bushcraft adventure holiday. The trip is planned for three days in May, but full details are available on a separate information sheet. Also, Year 4 will be attending a trip to Hazard Alley in March which should cost around £18, but more details will be available closer to the time.
Like last year, this term Mrs Morton will be teaching the children music on Wednesday morning. Across the classes, it will be a mixture of recorders, drums, singing and developing compositions with percussion instruments. This promises to be an exciting opportunity to be taught by a specialist using a range of instruments.
Your child will be given 10 words to practice weekly. These will be tested on a Thursday and will be a mixture of spelling rules learnt and high frequency words.
The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. This may for some weeks form part of the maths homework. We will establish which times tables children need to work on early in the term and then set them targets to achieve a certain set of times tables half termly. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.
The children will also be expected to continue reading and we would ask that they write in their reading records when they have done so. If they read 3 times weekly or more, they will be given house points and invited to Mr Webb’s Friday Fun session! The reading records will be checked on a Monday.
Remember to read the schools weekly newsletter and check the school’s website regularly to find out what is happening in school.
We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss we are around after school.
Please email/ call the office if there are any messages throughout the day. 01280 813066
Behaviour & Rewards
In Year 4 we will continue to have rewards for the children to earn through good behaviour. These are: House points, Monthly Marvels, entries into The Golden Book and the class will decide on their own rewards for when they work together well as a class. These will then build towards a class treat as and when the rewards are accrued.
We are always looking for parents to come in and listen to readers each week or support the learning of individuals. Also please let us know if you have any hidden talents which you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths!
This term, Year 4 is lucky enough to have Rosemary Vigus as our parent reader.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. Please also encourage children to bring in bags which are a suitable size as the cloakrooms have limited space. Their pegs only need to have their PE kit, lunch and coats on. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. It would also be beneficial if pencil cases could be small enough to fit in children’s trays!
As before, the children will be bringing home English and Maths homework (Matheletics) weekly. The children will be set homework on a Friday which will due in on the following Wednesday. Children will have one day’s grace to bring late homework in, after that they will be asked to complete it during their lunchtime. It is expected that the children spend about 30mins on each homework task. If your child is struggling with the management, time taken to complete or anything else, please ask the children to come in and speak to us to help develop their sense of independence.