Welcome to Year 4
Welcome to Year 4!
Mrs Brown, Mrs Bradley & Mrs Leigh
It has been so wonderful seeing all the children back in school and being able to get to know all the children in Year 4 this week. There was some nervousness, understandably perhaps, on the first day but everybody has adapted to new ways of working and has settled amazingly well.
I will try and cover as much as possible, but if you still have any questions at all please do get in touch.
We are very aware of the current situation and are doing everything in our power to make the school as safe as possible for your children, as well as trying to make the classroom environment as welcoming and as familiar as usual. Handwashing and sanitising takes place frequently. All the children are facing the front of the classroom at the moment, and movement around the room is kept to an absolute minimum. Equipment and resources are allocated to each child and then kept in their own tray in order to avoid sharing. Other measures are in place, some of which are mentioned below, but I won’t list them all! Please be assured your children’s safety and wellbeing is our main priority.
Digging into the past
Children will experience life as an archaeologist. Through learning about the famous Staffordshire Hoard and making their own treasured pieces using given materials, the children will immerse themselves into Saxon life by ‘digging’ up their artefacts. Our final outcome will be to invite you, as parents and guardians, to learn and experience life as a Saxon Settler and finding out about our hoard.
Autumn Term Curriculum:
RE Our Class Saint is Saint Francis of Assisi. RE units for the Autumn term will include Creation and the Story of Abraham and as we approach Christmas, Advent. We will also be looking at the Jewish faith.
As we are not currently going to go into the church, Father Eric is going to come into school once a fortnight and celebrate Mass with one KS2 class each time – remaining in their bubble. We will continue to have class liturgies in class, observing all the distancing measures already in place. This is being reviewed shortly with Fr. Eric, in line with the new risk assessment and following diocesan guidelines.
MATHS The autumn term will start with consolidating our understanding of number and place value. We will become experts at counting in tens and hundreds up to 1000 and comparing and ordering numbers. We will have lots of fun learning to use different equipment to represent numbers and mathematical concepts, to strengthen and deepen our understanding. All resources used by each child will be used individually and then thoroughly sanitised.
Later on we will be building on the foundations laid in Year 3 to develop and secure our addition and subtraction. Throughout all of this we will be doing lots of talking about maths, learning and using mathematical vocabulary.
Please keep encouraging your child to practise times tables at home – if the children know their times tables securely it helps them with their wider maths learning. Year 4 revises and secures all of the muliplcation tables. The expectation is for instant (3 seconds or less) recall!
Your child’s Times Table Rockstar login details have not changed. The same login details can be used with the NumBots app too. If anybody has forgotten or mislaid these login details, they will be added to the children’s diaries in due course.
ENGLISH We will start the term by using Helen Ward’s fantastic book ‘The Tin Forest’, imagining the thoughts and feelings of the different characters and putting on our detective hats to spot clues to help us make predictions about what will happen next. We will continue to work on our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our inference skills. Handwriting and spellings will still be an important part of our learning. We will also be focussing on vocabulary, grammar and how to make our descriptions exciting and effective to read.
READING Reading books will be given to each child once our assessment process has been completed towards the end of this week or the beginning of next week. This is to ensure that any change in your child’s reading level since March has been taken into account. Once reading books are returned to school they will be placed straight into a ‘quarantine’ box and taken out of circulation for the appropriate length of time before being put back on the shelves for use.
PE will take place on Wednesday and Fridays. Wednesday PE will take place in school and will be taken by a PE specialist from ASM, starting with a unit of work on invasion game skills such as dodging, passing and dribbling. All equipment is cleaned appropriately and/or quarantined before and after use. Friday’s PE will be a unit of Dodgeball where the children will be learning how to throw and catch accurately, and how to avoid being caught by planning and thinking tactically.
PE kits must stay in school during term time, but will be sent home at half term to be washed. Please ensure girls have a pair of socks in their PE bags as they will not be allowed to wear tights during a PE lesson. No earrings to be wore on PE days please.
SCIENCE will start the autumn term by looking at a unit of Living things and their habitats, before moving onto ‘States of Matter.’ Science will be taught by Miss Swinson, a specialist science teacher, on Tuesday afternoons.
In COMPUTING we will be learning to code, putting blocks of code together to form algorithms. This will be followed by some really important work on Internet Safety, before moving onto spreadsheets (a lot more fun than it sounds!).
Continuing with FRENCH in Year 4 as a foreign language, this term our focus will be on speaking and listening, learning new words and starting to put them into practice having simple conversations with each other. Our topic to begin with is Travel and then weather.
Our GEOGRAPHY for this term will be all about Migration, Rivers and the Water Cycle, learning new vocabulary to label the key features of a river and identify rivers in the UK.
HISTORY in the Autumn Term will focus on the Anglo Saxons and why they invaded England. We will be learning about the Great King,
Alfred and the Staffordshire Hoard. By the end of the unit, the children will strengthen their enquiry skills and become historical experts.
ART will start with the children learning about the famous artist, Georgia O’Keefe. We will experiment with watercolours to create a final piece.
- The school day starts at 8:40 a.m. and finishes at 3:30p.m.
- Homework will consist of Reading daily (30 minutes), Maths (30 minutes), English (30 minutes) every week. Other work may also be set.
- Reading should be logged in diaries each day when your child reads (30 minutes). If it is a new book, please include the title of the book. On each occasion, the pages read should be noted and signed by an adult.
- PE Kit
Indoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, black socks and black pumps. Children must have black pumps for indoor PE as trainers may only be worn for outdoor PE. If your child is wearing tights to school, please make sure they have socks to change into for PE.
Outdoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, black socks and trainers. The burgundy hoodie and jogging bottoms are optional.
- Please ensure your child has the full, correct PE kit in school, even on days when we would not usually do PE, as occasionally timetables change.
- PE kits will stay in school during term time and will be sent home for washing at half term.
- ALL CLOTHING SHOULD BE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME.
- Children should bring water bottles each day; these should also be clearly labelled with your child’s name. They will be sent home regularly to allow them to be washed.
- Please do not bring school bags in to school unless absolutely necessary.
Please do let us know if there is anything going on at home that will affect your child’s learning, or if you have any questions. If you have any messages to pass on either Mrs Bradley or Mrs Leigh will be available on the yard at the beginning of the day. At the end of the day Mrs Brown, or Mrs Bradley will be on the yard. Alternatively, you can telephone the school office who will pass a message on to us for you.
We are all very excited to see what this year brings!