Year 4 – Cookley Sebright Primary School
Hello and welcome to Year 4. During the coming academic year your children will be supported throughout their learning journey by a dedicated team of professionals, who will work closely to ensure that their individual needs are met.
Teacher: Mrs Jefferson Teaching Assistants: Miss Hickman and Mrs Powell-Tibbetts Sports Coach: Mr Wheeler.
English: The children are taught in mixed ability groups within the classroom so that they are all aware of the age-related expectations. Our English lessons are planned and delivered within a sequence of learning based around a book that will engage the children. Our first book is ‘The Wizard, the Ugly and the Book of Shame’ by Pablo Bernasconi. I hope that you will hear a lot about this from your child.
There will be a Year 3/4 statutory spellings list sent home for you and your child to refer to. These are spellings that the government expect your children to know by the end of year 4. As a school we follow the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme.
Maths: We follow Busy Ant for Mathematics using a mastery approach. The children should know the times tables by the end of Year 4 up to 12x12. This academic year is the first time there will be a national assessment of times tables, therefore, any support you can give your child in practising these at home will be greatly beneficial and much appreciated.
Homework Diary/Reading: Children are expected to read, discuss and answer questions about their reading book every night if possible, even if it is for only a few minutes. Please remember to sign your children’s diary when you listen to them read. Please also use this diary to convey any messages to us if you are unable to catch us in the morning or after school. Any homework will be recorded in these diaries, with instructions of the set task and the date by which it needs to be completed. These will often include tasks on the Mathletics and Reading Buddy websites which are personalised to your child. You will receive further information about this shortly. Homework will usually be set on a Thursday to be returned by the following Tuesday. Please encourage your child to ask on a Friday if they are unsure how to complete the homework. Occasionally, longer topic-based tasks will be set along with the spelling patterns and times table activities.
PE: It is important that the children have the correct kit in school at all times. The kit comprises of white or house coloured polo/t- shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit/jogging bottoms, trainers, sweatshirt and shin pads. Jogging bottoms are necessary as some of our sessions will be outside. The children will be taught by Mr Wheeler for one weekly session with the second session of the week being taught by a member of staff or a sports coach from A Sporting Chance. Earrings must be removed for PE.
Attendance/Punctuality: Our attendance is closely monitored by our Education Welfare Officer (EWO). It is vital that all the pupils attend school every day if possible. Holidays in term time are not permitted and will be marked as an unauthorised absence.
Daily Mile: The children will be participating in a Daily Mile to increase fitness and productivity. The Daily Mile involves each class heading outside to walk, jog or run around the school grounds, every day, at whatever pace suits the child best. This provides numerous benefits to your child including, increased fitness levels and a refreshed attitude towards learning. See www.thedailymile.co.uk for more information. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear and a waterproof jacket with them.
Parents Evening: Will take place at the start of October. More details about how to book an appointment will be sent out a couple of weeks before.
Snacks/Juice: Children may bring a healthy snack for morning break, such as a piece of fruit and a drink but no fizzy drinks please. Reminder – we are a nut free school.
If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us, either before or after school or through the homework diary.
We look forward to working with you. The Year 4 Team
Recently in Year 4, we were really lucky to spend a morning learning Circus Skills. Some of the activities were tricky but the children embraced the challenge and really enjoyed the experience, some have told me they are going to continue practising. I am really proud to say that after the event the children produced some fabulous writing which we have proudly displayed in the classroom.