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Year 4

Updated: 10/10/18

Welcome to Year 4!

Slapton Residential Update - Thank you to all who attended. If you were unable to be there, this PowerPoint contains everything we talked through. If you have any questions, please come and ask any memeber of the Year 4 team.

General Information

 

Welcome to the Year 4 page. You will find all of the things you should need to know for the year.

 

In Year 4 the teachers are Mr Easterbrook and Mrs Martyn. We are supported by Miss Friend and Mrs Stanton, who are our teaching assistants.


Year 4 is a key year and involves the children taking greater responsibility for their own learning. Despite this we are very keen to work together as a partnership, with the children, parents, teachers and school of all working together to help us 'to be the best that we can be'.

 

Please feel free to contact the Year 4 team if you have something you wish to ask or would like to discuss. We have an open door policy and will see you as soon as possible. Please ask at the office if you would like to see us in person or would like to pass on a message, or catch us in the playground at the end of the day.

 

Thank you,

 

The Year 4 Team

Home learning

  • The children will be given spellings based around the expectations of their year group. They will have a suitable number based upon their ability level.
  • The children are expected to read regularly throughout the week, with parental completion of the reading record on three occasions. This should indicate when and how much the children have read. It would also be helpful to include a very brief comment on any problems or successes from the activity.
  • Maths, English  or Topic homework is set once a week, usually on a Friday. It is due in on following Wednesday.
  • Our expectation is that the children should be able to complete their homework on their own.

 

PE Kit and days

  • Monday Games kit - (Preferably) long sleeved plain BLUE football top, white shorts, BLUE football socks, trainers and football boots (boots are optional). Shin-pads are not necessary.
  • Friday Gymnastics kit - white shorts and a plain t-shirt. Trainers may also be needed.

 

Planning Days

  • Mrs Cowin and Mrs Mitchell cover Year 4 every other Thursday.

Year 4 Term overview

 

  • Autumn Term 1 & 2:  The Stone Age

 

  • Spring Terms 1 & 2: The Terrible Tudors

 

  • Summer Terms 1 & 2: Water Worlds

English

Current learning

Our new unit of work for the next few weeks is based upon a new book to us, called 'How to Live Like a Stone Age Hunter' by Anita Ganeri. This non-fiction book is beautifully illustrated and helps us to learn about life in the Stone Age. We will be learning how to light a fire like they did in the Stone Age, and later, in our outdoor learning, we will be doing this for real!

 

Reading

Regular reading at home is essential. The children should be heard reading aloud at least 3 times per week, even for those children who are free-readers. Discussions between the child and the adult are key to helping to improve and develop their understanding but also allows the children to work on their expression when reading aloud. 

 

Free readers may read anything they like but we would like you to always have a challenging fiction book on the go at all times.

 

Children on the reading scheme must read their scheme books but can also add any additional reading you have done (non-fiction, magazines, other books etc).

 

Each child has their own reading record and these need to be completed with three adult signed entries per week, indicating when the child read, what they read and anything that arose from the discussion. If the record has been misplaced or left at school, the entries should be completed on a piece of paper, which can be stuck into the book.

 

We have given Year 4 access to Oxford Owl and the reading materials within their website. You will have received the login details on the Year 4 Summer newsletter.

 

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. We will teach the spellings patterns and rules throughout the week. These are to be found on the spelling section below.

 

Handwriting

Throughout the week we will ask the children to practise their spellings through handwriting.

Part of the new curriculum expects all children to be joining their handwriting.

Maths

 

In Year 4, the expectations in maths have changed significantly. ALL children are expected to know their times tables, up to 12x12, by heart and with instant recall, by the end of Year 4. The new curriculum focuses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for multiplication and division, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key skill which they will use throughout their lives.

 

We are having a huge push on our times tables at the moment as it forms a key part of what we must know to move forwards in our learning. We would really appreciate any help with the learning of this key skill please. If you need some help with suggestions, please see the resources below or come and ask one of the team for some support.

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