Welcome to Year 4!

Welcome back after the summer break!

Friday 8th September 2017

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

I do hope you have had a lovely summer holiday and it was not too much of a shock for your children getting up for school.

Each term I will be sending out a parent letter which will let you know what your child is learning, any specific dates and any changes regarding homework and PE.

I am very much looking forward to working with a class that are always on time and who wear the correct uniform.

I will also like to remind you that children are encouraged to bring water bottles in to the classroom. This will improve concentration.

The children will have daily numeracy lessons covering the New Curriculum’s Year 4 objectives. This term’s objectives are; place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and measurement. For the next three weeks we are focusing on place value. Children have been made aware the importance of times tables and should be practising them on a regular basis at home. They will be tested on them weekly. This website is very helpful for practising at home: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button.

In Literacy, we follow the school’s scheme Success For All (SFA), as a school we have been following this for nearly three years which has a positive impact on the progress of children’s reading and writing across the school.

This term’s cross-curricular topic is ‘The Tudors’ and the children will be introduced to the topic in the next week through a number of research based tasks.

The Science topic is ‘Keeping Warm’, the children will be working scientifically to plan and undertake a number of investigations to find the best and worst thermal insulators and conductors.

In RE, our first topic of the year is ‘The Bible’.  Some of the key learning objectives in this unit are: to know that the Bible is a story of God’s love and concern for us: to know that the Bible is one story told through many different books; know how to find a Bible reference and  know some of the stories in the Bible (e.g. Moses, David, Jonah &Elijah).

The children also have a broad and balanced curriculum including French, Hymn practice, Music, PE,PSHE, Art & Design and Computing.

PE- This is compulsory

This half term, the children will be having two hours of PE a week- on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

Children should have their kits in school at all times as PE sessions vary each half term and can change due to the weather conditions. Children cannot opt in or out of PE over the year unless they have a medical problem.

It is really important your child had the correct PE kit for health and safety reasons.

Blue/Black shorts

White t-shirt

Pumps or trainers

Blue/Black jogging pants or leggings as the children will be doing outdoor PE this term. We encourage a change of socks- white but this is not compulsory.

The PE kit can be left in school for the half term.

Homework- Set on Friday and due on Wednesday

There will be regular literacy and numeracy activities. Other activities such as projects for Topic will be set as appropriate throughout the year. As a school we appreciate any feedback you give us and the support you will be giving your children to complete their tasks successfully. Please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns.

Reading

Children read daily in SFA and will be given the opportunity to read for enjoyment in class at least 4 times a week. We will not send reading books home unless you specifically want your child to have one. If you would like your child to bring a reading book home, then please hear your child read for 20-30 minutes at least 3 times a week and sign the reading record book. Once informed whether you want your child to bring a book home, I will give your child a reading record book and a reading book every Friday. The children will earn merits if they do this and return their homework on time.

Spellings

Every Wednesday morning, the children will be tested on the Year Four National Curriculum Spellings. Every Friday, with their homework, the children will be given their spellings to learn.

ClassDojo

Your child may have mentioned the use of ClassDojo in the classroom. I have attached a letter to inform you of what it is and how to sign up to it. It proved to be very effective with my last class so I do hope you find it useful and informative. I regularly update it with photos from our lessons and general information about what we are learning about, homework, upcoming trips e.t.c.

Dates for the diary

Wednesday 18th October – Parents’ Evening.

Thursday 19th October- School Harvest Celebration- 9:00am

Friday 20th October- Break up for Half Term

Monday 30th October- Back to school.

If you or your child has any concerns, please feel free to send me a letter or arrange to meet me before or after school. I look forward to getting to know you all and working with you to ensure your child achieves their very best in all they do this school year.

Yours faithfully,

Mr O’Connor

Year 4 Class Teacher

 

BBC Newsround