Class Teachers - Mrs L. Clark and Mrs Hobday
- Mrs D. Williamson
- Mrs J. Savill
- Mrs C. Hartill
To start off the term our focus will be ‘Eureka’ where we are linking science work learning about electricity with Scientists, Inventors and famous Inventions from the past to present day. In English we are going to study a picture book ‘Journey’, followed by the Iron Man later in the term. In Maths we will be looking at number and place value, formal methods for addition and subtraction and them multiplication and division building on previous methods which the children have been taught in previous years. Later in the term will be going back in history to learn about the Anglo Saxons.
Children should be provided with named water bottles which they will have access to throughout the day. However, I would like to request that only plain water is provided and a sports type lid as there is less potential for spillage.
Our PE sessions this term will take place on Friday morning each week. Our Friday PE session will be led by a qualified sports coach. The children will be outdoors for the sessions (weather permitting) so please provide your child with both an indoor and outdoor kit as listed below:
- Outdoor kit containing joggers, a long-sleeved top or sweatshirt and trainers.
- Indoor kit containing blue shorts and a white t-shirt.
Plimsolls may be worn outside; however, I would recommend trainers as they usually have a better grip on the soles. For health and safety reasons, long hair must be tied back. Again, for the purpose of maintaining safety, I would also like to remind you that earrings cannot be worn during PE lessons and children MUST be able to remove their earrings for PE.
Homework activities this year are on the new format and involve weekly spellings. Children will be tested the following week during spelling session with a short dictation exercise. There will also be a Maths arithmetic paper or English comprehension activity for the children to complete alternate weeks. Homework folders will be handed out on a Friday and due to be handed in on Wednesday, where the activity will be marked in class together. Login details for Times Tables Rockstars are also provided on your child’s Homework folder. By the end of Year 4 the children are expected to know all their times tables multiplication and divisions facts so please practice weekly. If your child has any difficulties completing the work set, please drop me a note or call in to see me.
In addition to the Homework tasks, I would encourage you to listen to your child reading regularly at home for 10 - 15 minutes each evening if possible and by discussing their books with them. It cannot be emphasised enough how important this regular daily reading is in developing fluency and understanding of texts, as well as promoting an enjoyment of books and reading in general.
Some examples of questions you might ask when reading with your child or after they have read a section of their book independently include:
- Who is your favourite character? Why?
- What do you think will happen next?
- What is happening in this picture?
- What does this word mean?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why?
- Can you show me where the author has used a comma/question mark/exclamation mark?
Reading books can be changed daily by placing the book inside the ‘Reading box’ in the classroom but only if an adult has singed the reading record. This is to allow children to reread a book in order to develop their understanding and fluency. In addition, reading records will be taken in on a Friday for the weekly book count for the Reading challenge.
Finally, could I please ask that all clothing - particularly jumpers and PE kits - are clearly named, as items do tend to go astray if they are not.
I am looking forward to working with the children this year and watching their confidence grow. If you have any questions concerning any of the above, or wish to speak to me regarding your child, please do not hesitate to make an appointment at the office.