Welcome to Year 4!
Mrs Brown and Mrs Wilcox
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 on the first day but everybody has adapted to the 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.
Children will become ‘Mini Monet’s’ as we re-create many of Monet’s pieces, including the wonderful, Waterlilies. We will be selling our artwork in an exhibition at the end of term to anybody who has a keen eye for art. Children will explore many different aspects of his art and use new techniques to create their piece.
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
We will be attending Mass with Father Eric on Thursday mornings and we will continue to have class liturgies in class, which parents will be invited to attend upon invitation.
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 studying the genre, Poetry. We will be exploring and listenin gto a wide range of poems, identifying how figurative language can bring them to life. By the end of the unit, we will be recreating our own poems about animals and designing our own mythical creature. 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 and grammar and how they make our sentences more detailed.
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 and accurate texts are given.
PE – Year 4 will be starting their swimming journey this year. We will be starting on Thursday 15th September and will be swimming every week until February half term. This is to allow your children to become confident, established swimmers.
Please ensure that all children have appropriate swimwear: a swimming costume and swimming trunks. Baggy shorts will not be allowed. All children need to wear a swimming cap and googles can be worn if authorised by the class teacher.
When taking part in PE in school, 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 the digestive system and how we can take care of our teeth.
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!). Computing will be taught by a specialist teacher -
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 Mountains. We will look at the different types of mountains and how they are formed. The children will identify the features of a mountain and will create fact files about the famous mountains across the world.
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. We will also look at the reputation of the Vikings - are they really the blood-thirsty warriors that we are led to believe?
ART will start with the children learning about the famous artist, Claude Monet. We will experiment with watercolours to create a final piece where we will be selling our artwork in our very own St Giles Exhibition.
- The school day starts at 8:40 a.m. and finishes at 3:30p.m.
- Homework will consist of 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, white 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, white 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. At the end of the day Mrs Brown will be on the school 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!