Welcome to Year 4

INTRODUCTION

In Year 4 our teachers are Mr Ayers (Nightingales), Mrs Lawson-King (Finches) and Miss Wilson (Larks). We are supported by Teaching Assistants Mrs Powell, Mrs Wooldridge and Mrs Benton. Miss Swallow is the Year 3 & 4 Phase Leader.

 WELL DONE AWARD

Friday 8th November 2019 

This weeks Awards go to:

Nightingales - Elin

Finches - Peter

Larks - Holly

FOR IMPORTANT DATES PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE CALENDAR 

CURRICULUM EVENING 2019

Please click here to view the Curriculum Evening Presentation.

CURRICULUM

Please click here to view the Curriculum Overview for Year 4.

TOPIC AUTUMN

During our topic on the Vikings, we will focus on everyday Viking life, invasions and Viking Kings. We will also explore British Anglo-Saxon settlements using local geography. In addition, we will identify the achievements of different civilisations during the period alongside their impact today. In English lessons, we will be looking at Viking myths and the book 'How To Train A Dragon.' by Cressida Cowell. 

ENGLISH 

We started the year using ‘Under the Same Sky’ as our stimulus for writing. The children have created poems based on this book and the theme of unity. We will be moving on to Viking myths and legends to inspire our writing for this term.

Recommended reading 

To access the BookTrust recommended reading for 9-11 years olds click the icon. 

To access another useful Year 4 reading list, click here. 

MATHS

Autumn 1:

Autumn 2:

We will also be regularly practising mental arithmetic skills to improve children’s fluency and speed of recall.

The children will be set homework weekly using the website MyMaths and this will be recorded in their yellow homework books.

SCIENCE 

During the autumn term our learning in Science will focus on the following:

SPELLINGS AND READING

For the first half of the term, every child will be revisting previously taught spelling patterns to consolidate their learning.  Following on from this, we will complete five spelling sessions a week with the children using the Read Write Inc spelling scheme.  Taught spellings will alternate between Read Write Inc spelling units and the Year 3/4 words.

Spelling lists will be sent home weekly and the children will be tested on these at the end of each week. 

Please click here to view the Year 3-4 Word/Spelling List.

Spelling competition 

In KS2 we hold a spelling competition between the classes to see who can get their hands on the spelling trophy. During certain weeks of the year, the children will be tested on words from the Year 3/4 word list. Their class teacher will then collect in the scores and work out a class percentage for the amount they get correct. The winning class will receive the spelling trophy! Please support your child by reviewing these spellings at home in time for the test. 

To see the timetable and words to learn click here. 

 

All children in Year 4 have been given a combined reading record and homework book. We ask for all  children to read at home a minimum of three times a week. This reading can be independent or aloud with an adult and recorded into reading records using the page number. Children may do this themselves if they feel confident.

If a child has not completed 3 reading sessions during the week, we will ask them to attend an additional reading session during Monday break time.

PE

Indoor PE - Tuesdays

Outdoor PE - Wednesdays

Please can you ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school for these days as well as long hair tied back.  For safety reasons, jewellery is not to be worn during PE lessons, therefore could you please ensure your child is able to remove it independently before the lesson or have it removed before coming into school. 

MINDFULNESS AND WELLBEING

A part of Hagley Primary School's values include children's emotional wellbeing.  Within our classes, we will be giving children regular opportunities to practise the techniques of mindfulness and discussing how this can improve concentration, focus and boost confidence.  This compliments our Growth Mindset approach which we have already established within the school.

HOME LEARNING

Home Learning will be recorded by children in their Homework Diary each week.  Children will be set maths homework on 'My Maths', spellings to practise and times tables to learn on 'Times Table Rockstars'.  This is in addition to reading at home at least three times each week. Please see your child's class teacher if you cannot access these sites. 

                                 

THINGS YOU COULD DO AT HOME TO HELP YOUR CHILD 

ART/OVERALL APRON

Please check that your child has an apron or an art shirt in their bags for messy activities in school.