Year 4 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 4! I hope you all enjoyed the summer break!
Please find below an overview of our curriculum for the autumn half term, and some brief information about Year 4. Hopefully this letter will answer most of the questions which you may have at the beginning of this year.
This year, Mrs Campbell and Miss Novak-Smith will be our Year 4 teaching assistants. Mrs Campbell will be working in Year 4 full time and Miss Novak-Smith will be working in Year 4 each morning. Together, we will be working to support your child’s learning.
In Year 4, Maths and English homework will be handed out on a Friday each week. The children will glue in their own homework and be responsible for handing in their completed homework the following Tuesday. This homework will need to be completed in the children’s homework books. Maths homework must be completed in pencil, whereas English homework may be completed in either pen or pencil. No felt tips or gel pens should be used. Additionally, topic, science or R.E. homework may occasionally also be given to the children.
Throughout the week, the children will have guided reading sessions in groups. Additionally, each child will have an independent reading book which should be read regularly at home. Due to the importance of reading at this stage of the children’s development, I would like to highlight the significance of providing opportunities for reading at home. I encourage parents to listen to their children read aloud at home, and to write comments about their child’s reading in their reading records. Reading books will be changed when a parent/guardian have checked that their child has finished their book. Mrs Campbell will monitor the children’s reading books and the dates when they are changed, to ensure that consistent progress is being made in the children’s development.
Spellings and Times Tables
Beginning in the second week of this term, we will be focussing on a different spelling pattern each week. The children will receive a copy of their spellings each Monday to take home to practice. It is important that the children learn the spelling rule using the support of the spelling list. These spellings will be tested on a Friday.
Times tables knowledge is one of the key areas of the Mathematics National Curriculum for Year 4. The children have made good progress with their times tables in Year 3, and this will be further developed throughout this year as one of our key focuses. Parents are encouraged to support this through ongoing times tables practice at home, to help their children progress further.
During this term, the children will have two P.E. sessions throughout the week. They have been asked to bring their P.E. kits in on a Monday, and take them home on a Friday. For the Spring term, Year 4’s P.E. days will be Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday they will have a session with a gymnastics coach, whilst on Thursday they will have a session with a coach from the Tameside Sports Services.
This year, our class are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience music sessions from Tameside Music Service. These will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and will build towards a final performance later in the year.
Curriculum Focus for Spring Term
Religion: The Bible
Topic: Ancient Egypt
English: Instructions, mystery narrative
Maths: Place value and ordering numbers, addition & subtraction both mentally and using formal written methods, times tables, multiplication & division, perimeter, problem solving.
Science: Digestive system and changing states of matter (solids, liquids and gases)
Art: Anciet Egyptian artwork - Drawing egyptian artifacts, sillouette scenes, death masks
D & T: Baking Egyptian bread, desining and creating Egyptian amulets
Music & Dance: Drumming workshop
Computing: Comics and coding
MFL: French (All Around Town)
If you have any further questions or concerns you wish to discuss, feel free to call in to talk to myself, Mrs Campbell or Miss Novak-Smith. If you require a longer conversation, please arrange an appointment for after school.
We look forward to working with you and thank you for your continued support.
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