Welcome to Year 4!
We all hope you've had an amazing Summer holiday, and you're looking forward to being back in school for another exciting year of learning as much as we are!
This year, we will be trying to be as resilient as we possibly can be, especially when it comes to trying things we haven't done before and working on challenges in our work.
Adults that will work in our class this term:
Miss Spencer (4S Class teacher)
Mrs Robinson (Class Teaching Assistant)
Mr Slaney (Class Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Wollaston ( Class Teaching Assistant)
Our class topic
Our topic for the Autumn term is 'Let Me Entertain You'. In this topic, we will explore the history of the circus and where it began. Once we have learnt all about the circus, we will move on to the Victorian era. We will be learning all about what life was like during that time and how much our lives are different today.
This year, we will be really pushing ourselves with our times tables. During the Summer term, the children in Year 4 will be completing their multiplication checks. Please can you continue to support us at home by practising times tables when you have the time. Each week, we will have a focus times table that we will focus on.
It's a really engaging and exciting unit for all the children!
Our class mission statement for this half-term will be:
To work to the best of our ability, even if we aren't feeling our best!
Our PE days (days you come in PE kit) are Monday and Thursday.
Times tables will be a huge focus for us this year as we need to know them up to and including 12x12. This isn't just for the national assessment at the end of the year but also because maths from this point relies on having a secure times tables knowledge and it comes into a lot of lessons. When you are practising at home, its really important you know your times tables out of order, not just in order and remember you need to be able to give an answer within 6 seconds.
www.timestables.co.uk - a great website to help!
Spellings - To support their English, please find the KS2 statutory spelling word list on the spelling section of our class page, along with our weekly spellings. If you get chance, please could you pick a few words off the KS2 word list to learn alongside the weekly class spellings. This will greatly help in your child's English lessons.
Multiplication Check Practice: GOV.UK (multiplication-tables-check.service.gov.uk)
Spellings are learnt and practised in school. However, if you wish to practise them at home, our spelling rule and spellings for this week are:
Year Two Words
because, behind, busy, child, children, clothes, could, even, everybody, father, hour, kind, parents, people, poor, should, would
Your child will have been given their homework diary, which the class teacher/teaching assistants will also use to communicate with you at home.
Reading is extremely important as it helps us to develop our vocabulary and writing skills. Please can you ensure that your child reads at least 3 times a week and logs it in their diary. Team points are awarded for reading to offer an incentive.
In Year 4, there is a huge focus on times tables. Please can children ensure that they are learning their times tables on a regular basis. The National Curriculum states that pupils should be able to fluently recall their times tables up to 12 x 12. Here is a link which can help children recall their tables fluently and efficiently.
If you want to check your child's times tables knowledge, you can do this via the multiplication check at:
Each week, we will have a times table to focus on and learn. This week, we are focusing on the 2 times table. If your child is confident in these, please can you practise the division facts as well as the multiplication facts to ensure mastery.
The children are encouraged to read as much as possible at home, at least 3 times a week, and to keep a record of this in their diaries. We have a class library that the children can choose from or it can be a book they have from home. The diaries are signed weekly and I will be looking for a record of reading. There is also a section for parents to sign each week.
Please remember to take your diaries home and bring them back to school every day. These can be used as a means of communication for short notes or updates from both school and home. In the weekly pages, the children are encouraged to record when they have spent time reading at school or at home.
All children have been given a school water bottle. This needs to be brought to school each day having been washed and re filled with fresh water from home. Children will be reminded at the end of the day to bring home their lunch bag and water bottle to be washed ready for the next day. We have turned off our water filter system so children will not be able to fill up their water bottle in the usual way. All classes have access to drinking water throughout the day should the children require extra water.
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. On these days we ask that your child comes to school in their PE clothes rather than their school uniform.
Weather dependant they can wear their shorts and school coloured PE T- shirt and school jumper. If the weather is cold, then track suit bottoms/leggings would be more suitable. Trainers are preferable to pumps as it is possible the children may be outdoors for some lessons.
Please ensure your child brings a coat to school each day. We had a rainy start to the term but we are trying as much as possible to allow the children their outdoor breaks which may mean us putting coats on to go out in the rain as much as possible without getting too wet. Please ensure all coats are clearly named.