Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday and we are looking forward to welcoming the children back. We are writing to share some information about life in year 4.
Our two classes are Kingfishers class with Mrs Mac Taggart and Otters class with Mrs Gingell. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Bulla and Mrs Ehtisham.
Year 4 begins with excitement and mystery as we unravel and explore the fascinating world of the ancient Egyptian and Mayan cultures with a particular emphasis on buildings and architecture. We will begin this project with the question: “Who were the Greatest Builders?” As the project evolves we will investigate how these ancient civilisations lived and the variety of roles people had with an emphasis on comparing this to life in the world today. We will be investigating what makes a “good structure” and we will use a range of non-fiction texts to discover facts about ancient and modern buildings around the world. The final outcome of this project will be a pop-up information text and the children will take part in a debate to answer our big question. In R.E. we explore the question ‘Why Christians still pray the Lord’s Prayer?’ and we learn all about the Trinity after half term. More information can be found on https://www.stwilfrids-hh.school/web/year_four/540962
Reading at Home
Even when your child enjoys reading and reads well on their own, they still need to read aloud all the way through their Key Stage Two years. Books can be borrowed from the school library and each year group has a selection of books that your child can borrow and read at home. Every time your child reads at home, you (or your child) should fill in the page numbers/chapters read in their home school reading record. In KS2, children will be awarded value points for their house for every occasion that they read at home. When children have finished a chapter book, they need to record the title of the book at the back of the reading diary so we have a record of the types of book they are reading.
Children can earn ‘Reading Rewards’ time, for reading at home and recording it in their reading records. To receive this reward time, children need to read at home on at least five occasions (either independently or to an adult) during the week and records these. Diaries must also be signed by a parent or carer (once per week) in order for children to receive this time.
Homework will be set weekly from the week beginning 12th September onwards. Maths and English homework is set on a Friday and needs to be submitted by the following Thursday. Maths homework will be an activity on the website MyMaths. The English homework is usually a writing task, based on a prompt such as an element of grammar or punctuation. This English homework is set on Microsoft Teams. This will be set from the week beginning 12th September and children have until the end of the month to complete the task. In addition, children will be set spellings to practise and these will be tested on a Monday. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns. Spellings will be set on ‘Spelling Shed’. Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily. Children are expected to know these and be making progress with them. ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ is an excellent website to use to practise these. All children are expected to complete and submit their homework on time. Children will be given their log-in details for the above websites and they will be stuck in the front of their home-school book.
This term, PE is on a Tuesday and a Thursday and on these days, children should attend school in their PE kit. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know via the year group email address firstname.lastname@example.org. As an alternative, or in addition to plimsolls, sports trainers are allowed in the juniors. These are particularly useful during the winter months as it allows the field to be used for outside PE. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions, therefore a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are allowed. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape brought from home.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to bring in a water bottle and a healthy fruit or savoury snack (for example, fresh fruit, a bagel, raisins) for break time. Please ensure any snacks are nut free.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. Children will only stay indoors at playtimes if it is raining heavily. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname.
We are looking forward to a great Autumn term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please contact us through the year group email: email@example.com
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Mrs Mac Taggart and Mrs Gingell