The children have settled back in to school well after the Easter break and are working hard. This will be a busy term, with our residential trip to Ford Castle and transition preparation for middle school. The children are understandably excited and some are a little anxious about the upcoming changes. I am encouraging everyone to talk and ask questions so I can address any concerns in class but if your child mentions anything that is worrying them at home please let me know. As always, you can catch me before or after school or contact me through your child’s diary.
Here are a few reminders about routines and expectations in Year 4:
- Reading books will continue to be changed on a Monday and Friday. Children can change books more frequently if required. I know everyone has busy schedules but please try to listen to your child read every night; it makes a huge difference to their confidence and fluency. Even five minutes in the car or before bed is better than nothing. 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.
- Maths homework will also be sent home on a Friday to be returned by the following Thursday. Please encourage your child to look at the homework over the weekend so that if they don’t understand anything they can speak to me for support. Times table practice should be ongoing: children should now be fluent with times tables up to 12x12. An optional homework challenge will continue be available each week.
- PE Kits and water bottles should be brought in to school every Monday and can be taken home on a Friday. Children can bring trainers in for outside PE lessons as they are better suited to the terrain than plimsolls.
This term we will be following on from our Romans topic by learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Celts. We will be looking at a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in English and in Maths we will continue to work within the Year 4 curriculum with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. In Science we will be learning about Electricity and Forces & Magnets.