Year 4

Welcome...

 

Welcome back to what is a very unusual start to a school year. Please note, we are ensuring that every member of our class is keeping others, and themselves, safe.

 

Our first topic this year is 'All Things Science!'. With such a wide topic to start with, it's just not about learning about animals, but how something each child tends to use daily, electric, is generated, how it is made, where does it come from etc. Also, how items can change state from a solid to liquid to gas and vice versa. Since school visits to external venues aren't running, as usual, we have to use our own school and local environment to develop our learning.

 

Class Dojo!

Class Dojo is now set up for parents to join, where messages can be sent back and forth - I will reply as and when I can. I believe that using Class Dojo as a means to communicate with one another is vital (especially in current circumstances) but this won't only be used for communication, it gives me the opportunity to share your child's work with you by being able to post photos or messages directly to their own profile!

 

Numeracy 

Since lockdown caused many issues for children across the UK, we are focussing on missed learning from the back end of Year 3. Therefore, for numeracy this term, we are focusing on place value in 3 and 4-digit numbers, column addition, and subtraction of ever-increasing numbers. We will be working on times tables daily through various activities, such as Maths Zap and Big Maths Beat That! We want the children to be able to recall times tables faster. This year, the Government have placed a times table check for all Year 4's across the country, in which they have to complete 25 questions in 5 minutes (roughly 6 seconds per question). Each child has access to Times Table Rockstars, a programme specifically designed to improve the children's speed and fluency with times tables.

 

Literacy

The school is continuing to use the fantastic writing scheme called 'The Write Stuff' from Jane Considine, which allows children to understand how to punctuate correctly and ensure their own writing is punctuated and is grammatically correct. We will be creating various genres of writing from newspaper reports to adventure stories.

 

Homework

All our homework links with things we have been doing in class that week. Year 4 will have numeracy and reading homework, which will alternate on a weekly basis. Homework books and folders have been provided for the children, in which they are responsible for keeping tidy and safe. Homework is set on a Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday to be marked and given back. If anyone is struggling with the homework, then just ask Mrs Taylor, Miss Stothard or I for assistance and we can do our best to help.

 

Spellings

Spellings are produced through the school's new system (Read Write Inc). We have daily spelling lessons, where the children work through practise books and online resources, to help improve their spellings. During the week, children will be given ten spellings altogether, with five spellings from the spelling rule that week and five spellings from the Year 3/4 statutory spelling list. They will write these spellings in their blue log books, which have been provided to each child. Once again, children are responsible for taking this book home to revise and are prompted to do so on a Wednesday after logging their words.

 

Reading

Your children read aloud beautifully, but understanding the text that they are reading is just as important. Every time a child reads, they will receive 3 Class Dojo points. The child who reads the most often will receive a small prize at the end of the week. Once your child has read to you, please make a note in their yellow reading books.

 

Physical Education (PE)

 

With social distancing being an important thing to make sure is happening, our PE lessons are going to be slightly different from previous years. Instead of playing contact and close-quarter games, we will find alternative ways of keeping fit and healthy, from using the Daily Mile to skipping sessions and more! to No PE is currently permitted into school. 

 

Let's have a great term in Year 4!

 

Mr Haden, Mrs Taylor and Miss Stothard.

 

 

Further information:

 

Please click here to view the Y4 curriculum Plan for 2020-21

 

Here are some policies which the parents of children in Y4 may find useful:

 

Reading Policy

SPAG Policy

Maths Policy

 

Online lunch ordering from LunchHound:

https://preorder.azurewebsites.net/

 

Abacus online homework:

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0