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Welcome back to Year 4. We have a busy and exciting term ahead of us. We are really pleased with the way the children have settled into the new routines and have risen to the challenges set to them.
The staff in Year 4 this year will be Mrs Wendes in 4A, with Mrs Pilgrim and Ms Pater teaching 4B. Ms Pater will be teaching the class on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Pilgrim from Wednesday to Friday. Mrs Boddington, Mrs Oxby and Mrs Prior will be our Learning Support Assistants. Mr Green and Mr Daley will teach PE on a Wednesday; the class teachers will teach a second PE lesson on Thursdays. Please ensure the children have their PE kit available each day as occasionally we have to change the timetable.
This term in English we are developing our skills for describing characters and settings, building tension and using dialogue; writing newspaper reports and making persuasive arguments. In poetry we will be focussing on shape poems and linking to our topic on Romans we will be learning a Roman song.
We are also starting a Creative Writing Project in collaboration with Cedar Park and Widmer End School. The aim of this project is to give the children a stimulus for creative writing through a series of exciting events. This will help them in their quest to write at a greater depth.
We will have two Reciprocal Reading sessions each week – small groups of children are guided by an adult to unpick texts by summarising and predicting plots and clarifying vocabulary. In spelling lessons this term focus will be on homophones, words with silent letters, words with ph,- ight, ough and some statutory spellings for their year group.
In Maths, we will begin with place value and then move on to developing our calculation skills – revising addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also work on measurement and look at the properties of shapes. The focus for maths homework will be on applying the skills learnt in class and using this to solve word problems.
In Science will begin by studying Electricity, looking at where we use it, how it is generated and how to build circuits. With this knowledge we will test materials to see which are conductors and practice our scientific recording. We will also ensure they understand how to use it safely. Our second topic will be about Animals including Humans, focussing on teeth and digestion.
In History we are studying Romans; how Rome was founded, how they lived, their beliefs and how their society was structured.
This term in Geography we are looking at Volcanoes. We learn about how they form, where they are located in the world and the pros and cons of living close to one.
RE lessons will focus on pilgrimages and worship across a range of religions. Our Art work centres around the study of landscapes, the work of various artists and also creating our own.
French will continue to build on their knowledge gained in Year 3, focussing on oral work with the initial stages of written French as the year progresses, led by Mrs Wendes.
Year 4 will all attend a Netball tournament at the beginning of October as part of our Schools Sport Partnership with Holmer Green Senior School. They will have the opportunity to work on Bikeability in October. We will join with the whole school in November in our special remembrance week.
The setting of homework will be different this academic year. The children will be set Maths and English homework on alternate weeks. Maths homework will focus on reasoning and word problems and will be given out and marked with the children on a fortnightly basis in Friday’s Maths lessons. English homework will be given out on Thursdays. All homework is due in on the Tuesday after being given out. Spellings will be sent home roughly every fortnight – once we have taught and practised the spelling pattern and rule in school. Spelling tests will be given on a Tuesday or Wednesday – we will tell the children the exact day when we hand out the spellings.
Reading regularly is vital for success. We expect the children to read a wide variety of genres and authors during the year. Four records of reading a week in the Home School Book is our minimum expectation – we would love to see more, along with your written thoughts and comments about the book. Each week we will choose a Reader of the Week.
Home School Books will be checked every Monday so please ensure these are in school and completed. If there is a need to communicate with us, please ensure the Home School Book is handed into to your teacher.
We look forward having a fantastic year.