Welcome back after the summer break. I hope you have all had chance to relax and recharge your batteries ready for another busy year. I am really looking forward to working with a new class and I hope we can work together to ensure that it is a productive and exciting year.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can catch me before school or at the end of the school day. Alternatively, you can communicate through your child’s home/school diary or make an appointment through the office.
Here are a few things you need to know about Year 4:
- Children will change their reading books a Monday and Thursday. Please try listen to your child read every night; it makes a huge difference to their confidence and fluency. I would also encourage you to question your child about the content of what they are reading, as understanding is just as important as reading ability. Your child will also be given many opportunities throughout the week to read a variety of texts within class.
- Children will receive spellings every Friday. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings for a test the following Friday.
- Homework will also be sent home on a Friday to be returned by the following Thursday. This will usually be linked to something we have been working on in class, but if your child doesn’t understand anything please encourage them to let me know so that I can offer guidance.
- Times table practice should be ongoing: we will be learning 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables this year.
- PE Kits and water bottles should be brought in to school every Monday and can be taken home on a Friday. Children can bring tracksuits and trainers in for outside PE lessons as this will allow us to use the outside space later in the year.
The curriculum plan for Year 4 is on the school website. In English we will be celebrating the life and work of Roald Dahl by writing a biography and celebrating Roald Dahl Day. We will also be reading a variety of poetry, writing some persuasive letters and after half-term we will use the popular How to Train Your Dragon stories to inspire our writing. We will continue to encourage reasoning and deeper thinking in maths and in computing we will be using IPads and laptops to code and word process. Our Science topic this term is Rocks and this ties in nicely with our Geography topic of Volcanoes. Lots of hard work but lots of fun too!