Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page
Please click here to view the Year 4 timetable for this term – AUTUMN 2018 timetable YR4
We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are feeling refreshed ready for a new school year.
The children have enjoyed their first few days in school and we have all got back into the swing of waking up early and being prepared for the day!
For your information, Mr Webb will be teaching the children throughout the week, and Mrs George is the Year 4 teaching assistant every morning. In the afternoons, Miss Sharples and Mrs Collier will be joining us to assist with extra reading and intervention groups, along with additional support from Mrs Maji.
We hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about this term.
In our English sessions this term we will be learning about and writing our own Myths linked to our History unit of Ancient Greece. The children will be exploring descriptive vocabulary whilst developing their ability to plan and compose longer pieces of writing. Children will know what it is they are working on in English by the use of targets in their English books linked to the styles of writing they are currently working on.
This term in Maths the children will:
• Read, write and order numbers to 10,000 and determine the value of each digit
• Explore number patterns using these numbers
• Round numbers
• Develop their ability to add/subtract larger numbers using written methods
• Develop their ability to multiply and divide up to and including 3 and 4 digit numbers
• Work on Maths investigations applying their learning
• Be tested on their times tables every Friday
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 first topic this term is ‘Ancient Greece’. The children will be finding out things such as:
• How Ancient Greece has influenced the modern world
• The food, lifestyle and culture of the Greeks
• The history of the Olympic Games
• The architecture and modern ruins of Greek buildings
• The temples and beliefs of Ancient Greece
• The Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology
In Science the children will be learning about materials and their properties, building on previous learning from last year. They will be considering how one phase of matter changes into another, planning and carrying out fair tests and developing their scientific understanding through enquiry based investigations.
This term your child will be having PE on a Thursday and Friday. 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. The children will be doing Hockey on a Friday and Invasion Games with Mr Cassidy on Thursdays.
This year, the children will be covering a variety of topics from all over the world throughout their weekly RE sessions. During this Autumn term, Year 4 will be studying how different religions explain the creation of the natural world all around us.
Autumn – Christmas cinema trip (This will be subsidised)
Spring – Hazard Alley
This year, children will be bringing home English and Maths homework on a weekly basis. 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.
Your child will be given 10 words to practise weekly. These will be tested on a Thursday and will be based on the different spelling rules learnt in class each week.
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 school’s 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. Along with house points, we are a currently reviewing a brand new celebrations system with the children which will focus on effort, improvement and achievement. More news on this to follow! Each week, there will also be a twenty-minute fun session on a Friday afternoon if the students have met all of the expectations of homework, reading, spellings and good behaviour.
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.
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 are quite tight. 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!