Welcome to Year 4!
Miss Simmonds (Swallow class) and Mr Cook (Swift class) are the two Year 4 class teachers. We are joined by Sonia, our LSA supporting both classes, and a few other adults who are supporting specific children with additional needs.
Miss Goldsack was the Swallow class teacher earlier this year but she's headed off to have her new baby daughter, so Miss Simmonds has heroicly stepped in and taken charge of Swallow class! Mrs Barbour and Ms Sokoni will be covering the class teachers occasionally through the week. Our new sports coach, Adam, will be leading PE sessions.
The children will be mathematicians and readers / writers every day for an hour per session. We will be developing our enquiry skills during dedicated weekly sessions as well as enjoying regular reading time in the Hub, handwriting and spelling practice. There will also be daily mindfulness sessions where children practise methods of self-calming as well as wellbeing sessions and a PSHE lesson each week.
Maths learning will be similar to last year, where children will focus on one specific block of work (such as adding, subtracting, fractions, shape etc.) over a few weeks. We have a big focus on children learning to recall number facts quickly and learning their times table facts from 1-12 fluenty.
Year 4 children will take a brand new assessment later this year – the Multiplication Tables Check. This government-run exam will test them on their knowledge of the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. We will give more information about this later on in the year.
This year we will be teaching writing around various texts which fit into our enquiries. We will be challenging the children to produce a large piece of writing of a different genre every week such as non-chronological reports, diaries, stories and poems. We have high expectations for the quality of writing produced in Year 4 and we are looking forward to seeing the creative outcomes. We have a particular focus on neat, joined up handwriting and correct spellings and punctuation used in every piece of writing.
We have reading lessons incorporated into our daily English lessons. In these lessons we focus on inference, retrieval and response questions. We encourage children to become the best readers that they can be.
Children can change their books as and when needed throughout the week (Sonia is amazing at this!). They can choose books from our class libraries as well as books in the Hub. The children can borrow up to 2 books; we would prefer them to take one 'level' and one free reading book. We have an electronic lending system which the children can operate themselves during their own time.
We encourage chidren to bring in their book bags daily so they can return and issue books whenever they would like to. Please also remind children to comment about their books in their reading record books.
This year we are continuing our Enquiry-led approach to the wider curriculum. We will be Musicians, Artists, Philosophers, Geographers, Historians, Engineers, Athletes, and Scientists. Each unit is based around an enquiry question which we will investigate over a number of weeks.
Adam (our school's sport coach) delivers P.E. every Tuesday morning / afternoon. On Tuesdays, it would be super-helpful if children came to school with their P.E. kit in a bag. They will change into this before their P.E. lessons start each week. P.E. kit needs to either be a house t-shirt in their relevant colour (which can be purchased from the office) or any t-shirt in the colour of the house they are in.
Homework is set every Thursday and should be handed back in every Monday. As the children are old enough to manage this themselves now, we expect all homework to be returned, or children may have to find time during break or lunch to complete it.
They will be set spellings, grammar and maths work to complete at home. The homework may, at times, appear challenging - but we strongly encourage parents to support their child's learning at home and to talk through difficult homework with children. As the children are getting older and more independent, it is important that they become used to regularly completing challenging homework.
What to bring
Your child should come to school wearing their school uniform and with a book bag and reading book from home. They may also want to bring a piece of fruit only for snack time and a bottle of water.
Tuesday is PE day for Year 4. Some days they will need to come to school with their PE kit in their bag. Other days, they will need to wear their PE kit to school with their school uniform in a bag. We will make sure to let children know which week is which.
On Thursdays until Christmas, children will go swimming. They should either wear their swimming kit under their school uniform or bring it in a bag to change into. They will also need a towel for drying off.
Times of the day
The timings of the day have slightly changed from the end of last year. The timings are now as follows:
8am – Breakfast Club
8.40am – Start of school day & register
9am - Lessons
10.45am – Play time
11am - Lessons
12.30pm – Lunch time
1.30pm – Lessons
3.15pm – End of day