A BIG welcome to Year 4 children and parents from all of the team! We are looking forward to a very exciting year.
A Mathematics sheet will be sent home every Friday and will be expected to be handed in on a Thursday.
Every half term, children will be sent home with a list of our Year 4 ‘Special Spellings’ which we would like them to learn for a spelling test at the end of each half term. In addition to these spellings, they will also come home with a list of words which follow a rule every week. They will be tested on Friday in their spelling book and this will be sent home so you can see their progress. If your child is already able to spell these, please encourage them to use the spellings in a piece of description or in more complex sentences; this could be written on paper and glued into the back of the Mathematics Homework book.
There will be a number of challenges displayed which relate to our termly topic, please encourage your child to choose and complete at least 3 of these during each half term. This challenge work can be brought into school (or photographed at home and the photo brought in) whenever your child has completed each task. Children will be awarded a House Point for every challenge. Please encourage your child to complete these challenges as independently as they can with guidance when required. These challenges may stay the same during the second half of the term. Please also ensure Home/School diaries are handed in on Thursdays with their Mathematics and Spelling Homework books.
Times tables continue to be a focus in Year 4. With the advent of the Government timed multiplication tests in June we will continue to encourage the children to build on their skills from year 3. Please see the maths page of the school website for helpful hints on how to assist your child with learning their tables and copies of sheets which you can print off for children to challenge themselves.
In the first half term, our focus is on Macbeth and we learn about the Scottish Play through a variety of different versions and role-play experiences. We study the characters of the three witches and work towards writing our own play. The children are encouraged to think about intonation, expression and we work on developing our suspense writing.
In the second half our focus changes to biographies and we research key people of interest who we have identified as heroes, from across a wide spectrum.
During this term we also look at the roles of our teeth and follow the journey of a banana sandwich through the digestion process and investigate circuits in electricity.
In this term we will be looking at life from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, focusing on comparing and contrasting life in both periods of time. We will be using different historical resources to enable this topic to come to life!
In the summer, we will be learning about the river system and the different rivers around the world. We will be using atlases and maps to locate rivers and biomes. Our geography field trip, which will complement this topic, is to Cuckmere Haven where the children will experience a range of activities. These will include monitoring river flow, interpreting maps and learning about the meanders and the river mouth and shingle beach.
Just a reminder that your child needs to have a white t-shirt, shorts and a pair of trainers for PE. We also advise providing a tracksuit for outside PE. Please put all kit in a named bag and label each item. Please can we remind you that no jewellery should be worn, including earrings and long hair should be tied back (please ensure hair ties are in your child’s bag). PE days will be written in the home/school diary, but please can your child leave their PE kit in school all week in case it changes.
Like Year 3, we still encourage your child to bring in a rucksack so they can keep their own personal belongings safe. Pencil cases will be used every day; please can your child have one in their school bag ready to use. Please can it include: a few pencils, rubber, sharpener, colouring pencils, felt tip pens and a ruler. This does not need to be too big, because they need to fit it into a tray. Please have this clearly named.
We will be encouraging the children to bring in any items which they have at home, including books, artefacts and research about our termly topic. They will be able to talk about the item which they have brought in from home to the class.
Children’s attitudes and achievements both in and outside of school are celebrated through a range of opportunities, such as stickers, house-points and certificates.
Please encourage your child to talk about why they have been given one of these rewards, to support the celebration of their achievements.