Welcome to Year 4
Mr Haines, Mrs Milne, Mrs Manning Press and Mrs Cunningham, together with the support of Mr Holmes and Mrs Bohme, would like to take this opportunity to welcome both you and your child to Year 4. We will be covering the following as part of our learning in the autumn terms.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome both you and your child to Year 4 and to some semblance of normality. We have been delighted to see how well all the children have settled back into a routine and how responsive they have been to the learning that we have introduced so far. Also, their ability to reflect maturely on the past 6 months and the tales, deep memories and adventures they have been able to share have given us a lot of hope and positivity towards how they will thrive in the year ahead.
We will be covering the following as part of our learning in the autumn terms:
The Topics for Terms 1 and 2 in Year 4 will be the Anglo-Saxons. We will be learning about where they came from, how they lived and the impact they had on Great Britain. We will also be finding out about Anglo –Saxon leaders, traditions, myths and legends. We will be learning about counties and cities in Britain and how modern place names relate to the historic Anglo Saxon language.
In Science we will be learning about Sound and Electricity.
Please see the Topic Map and termly home learning sheet for additional information.
During the term, the children will be learning skills through a range of invasion games including ultimate Frisbee and basketball. As indoor PE is not possible at this time we will be using our second weekly PE session to catch up on the striking and fielding games that were missed last term. These include Danish longball, cricket and foot rounders.
Your child will have an outdoor Games lesson on a Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has the correct, named P.E. kit in school. As the weather is getting colder they will require tracksuit bottoms, tops and trainers. PE kit should stay in school all term as there are occasions when our PE time has to be moved to a different day. Please ensure children with shoulder length hair or longer, have their hair tied back. If your child has pierced ears, their earrings will need to be removed for the session.
Please read the NEW home learning sheet for information that will help you continue the great home-learning that was begun in lockdown.
Daily reading It is best if your child reads for 10 minutes, at least five days a week and it is expected that they are reading with an adult at least three times a week in addition to reading which takes place at school. It is important to sign their record book each time they read with you, as the children will be rewarded for their efforts and we can more easily keep a record of their reading. We will be assessing progress in their reading each term which will result in them being given a reading age (this will hopefully improve in relation to how much they read).
To support your child in reading, you can listen to them read or ask them questions about their book to help them with their understanding. Even if your child reads fluently, it is important to talk to them about what they are reading to develop their comprehension and understanding of new vocabulary. It is also beneficial for children to be read to, as this enhances their vocabulary, sentence structure, comprehension and passion for stories.
Learn weekly spellings
New spelling words will be brought home every Monday for a test the following Monday. It is best to practise spellings daily in short bursts, rather than once a week.
It is important that children drink plenty of water throughout the day. In order to do this, children need a named water bottle that they can use during the day. Please make sure this does not leak and has a ‘sports top’ lid. These can be bought in the school office. The children are strongly encouraged to drink water, not squash.
Break Time Snacks
Key Stage Two children do not currently have fruit available to them at break times. However, we will soon be opening our own ‘Fruit Café’ where the children can buy a piece of fruit at break times. More details will follow shortly.
Collecting your child
At the end of the school day your child will be taken to the playground. The children are instructed to remain with school staff until they see the adult responsible for collecting them. Please ensure that we are aware that that you have collected your child. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office and we will get back to you or put a note in the reading record book. The TAs in Year 4 this year are Mr Holmes and Miss Bohme.
We look forward to an enjoyable year.
Mr Haines, Mrs Milne, Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Manning-Press
(Year 4 Class Teachers)