Welcome to Year 4!
The Year 4 teachers this year are Mrs Irfan and Ms Sokoni who teach Swallow class (Mrs Irfan is currently on maternity leave) and Miss Campbell who teaches Swift class. We are really enjoying teaching the enthusiastic and hard-working children that make up Year 4 this year. Another adult who Year 4 would not be complete without is Stella, our fantastic LSA, who shares our excitement for the year ahead! Stella works across the year 4 classes in the morning supporting lots of groups of children in their learning. In the afternoons she works with smaller groups from across the year group.
We are joined by Mr Rossetti (our P.E teacher) and Mrs Jackson who support us on a Thursday morning / afternoon while we plan the exciting learning for the following week.
If you ever need to speak to us about anything, big or small, please come and find us on the playground or phone the office to make an appointment (better for the big things!).
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 daily french lessons.
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.
In June, the Year 4 children will complete a times table check where they will be tested on their rapid recall. Please support your child to practise times tables at home in your spare time.
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 also enjoy two weekly sessions in the Hub where they can choose different books with their friends and discuss their reading habits with each other.
Children can change their books as and when needed throughout the week. 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 'banded' 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 bing in their book bags daily so they can return and issue books wheneer 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.
Our first Enquiry was ‘What if the City Walls could talk?’ We enjoyed being Historians, Philosophers and Geographers.
Mr Rossetti (our school's sport coach) delivers P.E. every Thursday morning / afternoon. We will also be swimming in terms 4 and 5. On Thursdays, 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, handwriting 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. If children need further help, then homework club runs after school every Thursday. KS2 children are allowed to stay at homework club without an adult.
Times of the day
School starts promptly at 8.45 when we start the register. Children are dismissed at 3.15 on the playground. Please ensure your child is in school on time for the register and collected on time at the end of each day. Play times have changed to 11am every day. We encourage children to bring in a piece of fruit to have at play times as this helps them rebuild energy for the next part of the day.