Welcome to Year 4!
The Year 4 team would like to wish you a very warm welcome to our webpage! We will be updating this blog regularly, so scroll down for pictures and information about life in Year 4.
4B: Mrs Berridge (Monday – Wednesday) and Mrs Orme (Thursday & Friday)
4W: Mrs Reeve (Monday – Thursday) and Mrs Clayson (Friday)
We are very lucky to have Mrs Jeffery, Mrs Brier, Mrs Gallie and Mrs Clayson supporting learning across Year 4.
Gates open: 8.25am
School starts: 8.40am
Home time: 2.50pm
Monday: Library Day & spelling tests. Library books will be changed on Mondays as required and new spellings will be given.
PE for both classes
Wednesday: Times Table test for 4B
Friday: Times Table test for 4W.
Weekly homework will be given.
Things to bring to school
Full school uniform, a waterproof coat, book bag with reading record and book, water bottle. In the summer months, please bring a hat and sun-cream. Please ensure that every item is clearly named.
PE Kit: Rather than keeping PE kits in school this term, please send your child in to school in their PE kit on Fridays. They will then stay in their PE kit throughout the day.
Snacks: Unfortunately, KS2 children are not entitled to free snacks so if your child would like to bring their own snack then they are more than welcome to. It’s a long morning and the learners can get very hungry by lunchtime without a morning snack. Please remember that we are a nut free school and also a 'Healthy School' so children are encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables only at snack time.
Lunch: Lunches will be available from the kitchen (free school meals for those entitled to them or paid via Parent Pay for those who aren't) and can be ordered during the morning register. The menu will continue to be on the school website so please have a conversation with your child each morning about what they would like to have. Alternatively, your child is welcome to bring their own packed lunch.
Reading continues to be the foundation for all learning in Key Stage 2. As such, we encourage you to listen to your child read at home as often as possible. This will ensure that they continue to develop fluency, increase their vocabulary and improve comprehension skills which are all vital components of being a good reader. Please ensure that your child comes to school with their Reading Packet every day. In addition to developing skills for reading, children will have weekly visits to the School Library to help them develop their love for reading. Children will be able to borrow any book they wish to. If you have any concerns about your child's reading or would like more information, please feel free to speak to your child's teacher.
We recognise home learning as an important opportunity not only to ensure progress but also to provide parents with a link to their children's learning. There will be a weekly piece of homework given; this will alternate between English and Maths and will link directly with either learning that has happened in class or work that will soon happen.
Spelling is increasingly important throughout Key Stage 2 and so we will be monitoring progress weekly. Please take the time to help your child learn their spellings at home. Spellings will be differentiated according to your child's ability.
At the end of Year 4, children will be required to take part in statutory Times Tables Assessments and so we strongly encourage times tables practise at home.
In addition to this, we will be issuing a termly "Topic Homework Grid" which will focus on the wider curriculum and link directly to our topic (not just English and Maths). We value creativity and welcome any home-learning the children complete. This will always be celebrated and we very much look forward to some wonderful creations.
We have come to the end of our first half term in Year 4, and boy, have we packed a lot in!?
Both classes have thoroughly enjoyed having weekly Forest Schools sessions which have included a range of activities such as den building, sculpting tree goblins out of clay, being 'leaf detectives', nest building and much more.
The children have made good headway exploring our Topic question “Can travel make you richer?” They’ve learnt new skills in our Geography mapwork, found out about the history of travel and begun a virtual tour around the world with their very own passports. The countries we have explored so far include: Kenya, Australia, India (this linked well with our RE work on Hinduism) and finally Italy. After half term we are planning to learn about Afghanistan before we settle in France and delve deeper into the French way of life for the final few weeks of our topic.
At the moment, we are not sure whether we are going to be able to invite you into school for 'An Afternoon in France' due to ongoing Covid safety regulations. But rest assured, if you can’t come to the show, the show will come to you! We are planning to film the children sharing their learning with you and will post it here on our Website. Please do ensure that you have competed your child’s permissions so that we know who is allowed to appear on our school website. Contact the school office if you need any support with this.
Thank you for all your support this half term, especially with ensuring children are practicing their spellings, reading regularly and completing homework! It really does make all the difference. Have a fantastic half term break and we look forward to seeing everybody for the next leg of our journey together!
For any parents/carers that could not attend the meeting on Wednesday 15th September, please find attached the PowerPoint slides from the meeting.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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INSET day Monday 1 November 2021. School Starts back on Tuesday 2 Nov at 0825.
PE Days: Y1: Thurs; Y2: Tues; Y3: Mon; Y4: Friday; Y5: Weds and Fri; Yr 6: Weds and Fri.
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