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Welcome to Year 4. We have a busy and exciting term ahead of us. We are really pleased with the way the children are settling 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 Mrs Ketley teaching in 4B. Mrs Ketley will be teaching the class on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Pilgrim from Wednesday to Friday. We will be supported by Mrs Pryce, Mrs White, Mrs Grant and Mrs Boddington on a regular basis, as well as Mrs Oxby and Mrs Prior, will also support some learning.
PE will be on a Thursday; the class teachers will teach a second PE lesson on Tuesdays for 4A and Wednesdays or Fridays in 4B.
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.
Following on from the success of last year, we are also working on 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 be telling the children more about this over the next few weeks.
We will have 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. The children will also be developing their independence skills completing reading-related activities. Reading to and with your children at home will also support the development of their reading skills. Daily reading would be fantastic! Reading is key to accessing all areas of the curriculum.
Spelling lessons will be following a scheme called Rising Stars. We will practise spelling new words and these will be sent home to be tested approximately every two weeks. The spelling rules covered each week will depend on the group they are in. All groups will be involved in learning statutory spelling words.
In Maths, we will continue to use the Inspire Maths scheme. We begin with place value and then move on to developing our calculation skills –rounding, estimating, multiplication and division. We will also work on measurement of angles, fractions, parallel and perpendicular lines and reading information from tables and line graphs.
By the end of Year 4 children are expected to be able to recall all times tables facts up to 12 x 12. Towards the end of Year 4, the children will participate in a Statutory Times Tables test so regular practice at home is essential. Cracking Times Tables will be tested weekly on Mondays.
In Science, we 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.
In IT this year we have an exciting programme, being delivered by an outside provider called Junior Jam. This will include teaching the children to create movies, broadcasts and animation, with a grounding of i-safety. The same company will be delivering some music theory. Class teachers will continue to teach and encourage the children to use basic presentational skills using IT across the curriculum.
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 Artwork will develop a range of skills and techniques. We will start by looking at shading and blending colours in a range of different media. We will be looking at the work of various artists, eg Mondrian and painting in the style of some of these artists.
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.
Year 4 will all attend a Netball tournament on Friday 18th October as part of our Schools Sport Partnership with Holmer Green Senior School. They will also have the opportunity to work on Bikeability in October.
Homework will be set weekly, alternating between Maths and English homework. It will be set on Thursdays and due in the following Tuesday. Maths homework will focus on reasoning and word problems. Spellings will be sent home roughly every fortnight – once we have taught and practised the spelling pattern and rule in school.
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, based on their engagement with the books, the comments they make in their Home-School diary and the variety of texts they read.
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 encourage your child to hand in their Home School Book is to their teacher.
We look forward to having a fantastic year with your children.
The Year 4 team.