Hello and Welcome to Year 4
Welcome back to school life, we hope you have all had a lovely summer break.
It is lovely to meet you all.
This year the ‘Year 4 Team’ are Mrs Jackson and Mrs McWhinnie. We are really pleased with how the children have come back and settled into year 4 with a grown up attitude to learning and aspiring to have a great start to the year.
Throughout the year, the class will also be educated by our specialist sports and dance coaches, as well as forest school and music teachers.
As well as daily English and Maths lessons, children will enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum, covering: Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art & Design, PE, Languages (Spanish), Music, Design Technology, PSHE, RE and of course SWIMMING! Many of these subjects will be cross curricular linking to English, Topic and Art.
This half term, our topic is London, we will be exploring the famous landmarks in London and using our geographical skills to locate other regions of the UK. We have got many exciting activities planned for you this term and year.
The children will have a piece of Maths and English homework set each week, as well as weekly spellings and times tables. Spellings will be tested on a Friday. Typically, homework tasks should take around 20 minutes to complete and will be due the following day. If your child is struggling with a piece of homework, please encourage them to ask us for support. Children should also be reading every night – this may be from their banded reading or a library book. We will also hear the children read regularly and monitor their comprehension skills, along with their fluency.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a great way of practicing their timetables at home. This year it is so important to practice as by the end of year 4 all children are expected to know all of their timetables from 1 - 12. If you need logins, please contact us on Class Dojo.
This half term children’s PE session will be each Monday and swimming will take place on Thursday. Please ensure your child is equipped with the correct P.E. kit and that it is brought to school on the correct days. All uniform and PE kits, including pumps, should have names in them. If your child wears earrings, then they need to be removed for these lessons. PE kits should be black shorts, plain white t-shirt and black pumps (trainers, black or grey joggers are only acceptable for outdoor sports). If we are indoors we are strictly only allowed to wear pumps.
Swimming will take place every Thursday. The children will be taken by coach to the pool and be taught to swim at their own pace. Children will need a towel, shorts/swimsuit and swim cap for children with longer hair. They will NEED to wear a swim cap and boys have to wear the tight fitted trunks as the instructors are strict with their rules and they will not let them in the pool if they are not wearing the correct swimwear. We will assist the children in putting on swim caps but it would be great if they could practise doing this at home independently to speed up the process.
Any further questions you have please do ask.
Class Dojo as a way of celebrating the children’s successes, good behaviour choices and also as a communication tool. If you would like to share any successes at home on here please do.
We hope you enjoy your year in Year 4!
Mrs Jackson and Mrs McWhinnie
To be returned on Thursday.
Friday - spellings to learn for a test the following Friday and times tables to practise for a test the following Wednesday.
I also encourage the children to log in to Times Tables Rock Stars as often as possible to practise their multiplication facts too.
Timetable - Year 4 Activities
Monday - Please make sure you bring the correct kit every week. (Black pumps, white t shirt and black shorts. No earrings.)
Thursday - tight fitting swimming trunks for boys and costumes/ swimming caps for longer hair. No earrings
Will begin February 2021