Welcome to Year 4
Mrs Richardson, Mrs Iryna and Miss Janman are excited to welcome everyone back to school after the Easter holidays. t's lovely to see how excited the children are to be back with their friends. They've settled in beautifully, getting straight back into good routines and remembering our school rules:
For the summer term our main topic is Ancient Greeks.
Our curriculum newsletter provides information about what we will be learning in each subject area this term and we will also make links to our topic across other areas of the curriculum.
To support our learning in school, we would also like the children to complete a homework project, based on our history topic. As much as possible, please encourage the children to complete this project independently, but please do help them to practise their delivery, so that they are confident about speaking loudly and clearly to the whole class when presenting their project work.
A few bits of useful information about year 4:
P.E. Our PE day is Thursday. We have a double PE session on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing PE kit on these days. We will be outside as much as possible, so as the weather improves and temperatures rise, please ensure that your child wears shorts and T-shirt, brings a sunhat and is wearing suncream (applied at home in the morning) on these days, as they will be outside for the majority of the afternoon. Please remember that earrings should be covered or removed (at home) for PE days.
Reading books: The children should be bringing their Accelerated Reader reading books into school every day, so that we are able to read with them whenever there is the opportunity. They should then take their reading books home each evening, to allow you the opportunity to read with them as often as you are able to.
The general recommendation is twenty minutes a day, however we do recognise that this is not always possible. Please do read with your child as often as you are able to, making a note of this in your child’s reading record whenever you have read.
You will be amazed to see the difference that regular reading can make on a child’s progress, and not just in reading itself, but across the whole curriculum.
Feel free to explore a variety of texts with your child, as well as sharing their school reading book.
There are lots of magazines and newspapers written specifically for children, and having access to a wide range of texts can help to keep reading interesting and exciting.
Spellings: Each Tuesday we will send home ten new spellings to learn, ready for a spelling test on the following Monday. There are lots of different ways to learn spellings, so perhaps experiment with various methods until you discover the most effective method for your child. As a minimum, the children are expected to complete the sheet that we provide each week, where they should write out their new spellings repeatedly. Fun games are also available on edshed, which match their weekly spellings.
For those children who seem quite confident with spelling words, encourage them to also find out the meaning of words and demonstrate an understanding of how to use the word in a sentence.
Times Tables: The MTC is fast approaching! Please keep encouraging your child to use Times Tables Rock Stars, in preparation for the MTC in June. Remember that it is as much about speed and technique as it is about knowledge of the times table facts. The more the children practise, the more confident they will be and hopefully this will make the MTC much less daunting for them. The pupils who practise at home regularly are making fantastic progress, thank you for your support with this.