Hello and welcome to Year 4! During this academic year your children will be taught, guided and supported by a number of adults in school. We work closely as a team to ensure that we meet the needs of your children.
English - The pupils are taught through a mixture of whole class and group teaching.
As we discussed at the 'meet the teacher' events there will be a Year 3/4 statutory spelling list coming home for you and your child to regularly refer to. These are spellings that the government expect your children to know by the end of year 4. As a whole school we will now be following the 'No Nonsense Spelling' programme.
Maths – We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics. The new standards are higher and we will have high expectations of the children. For example, ALL of the children should know all of their times tables by the end of this year (up to 12x12). This academic year is the first time there will be a national assessment of times tables. Any support you can give your child in practicing 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 also be recorded in these diaries, with instructions of the set task and the date by which it needs to be handed in. Homework will usually be set on a Thursday to be returned on 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 are set. Where necessary spelling pattern activities may be sent home.
PE - It is important that the children have the correct kit in school at ALL times. (White or House coloured polo/t- shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit/jogging bottoms, trainers, sweatshirt and shin pads). Jogging bottoms need to be part of the kit as some of our sessions will be outside throughout the year. The children will be taught by Mr Wheeler for one weekly session. The second session of the week will either be taught by a member of staff or a Sports Coach from A Sporting Chance.
Music - Year 4 participate in the Play 2 Learn scheme and will be learning an instrument. After the first half-term these will be coming home on a weekly basis to facilitate additional practice. Please ensure that these are returned to school on a Thursday ready for the lesson on a Friday. We hope you enjoy listening to your child practise throughout the week.
Attendance/Punctuality - Our attendance is closely monitored by our EWO (Educational Welfare Officer). It is vital that all the pupils attend school every day. Holidays in term time are not allowed. In line with other schools in the Wolverley Pyramid, holidays are marked as an unauthorised absence. Authorised leave for exceptional circumstances may be granted dependent on good attendance during the previous twelve months.
Daily Mile– The children (and staff!) 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, rain or shine, at whatever pace suits the child best. It gets children active with their friends and teachers, and refreshed for further learning.’Seewww.thedailymile.co.ukfor more information. Please ensure your child has appropriate footwear and a waterproof jacket with them.
Parents Evening - Details of parents evening for the Spring term will be confirmed and details of how to book appointments will be given nearer to the time.
Snacks/Juice - Children may bring a healthy snack for morning break such as a piece of fruit or a drink (not fizzy)
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.