Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

January 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Welcome back to school, Happy New Year to you all. I hope your holiday was restful and you are ready for a hardworking and enjoyable but short term.

• P.E takes place on Wednesday pm. Full kits need to be in school, including track suit bottoms for cold weather, trainers and socks for girls that wear tights. Please ensure that earrings are removed before your child comes to school on P.E days if your child is unable to remove them independently. Also, the kits need to be in their special yellow PE bags, these can be purchased from the office if you need one. Alongside this, half the class will be swimming this half- term, If you child has had a letter or did not swim the last half term, they will need their swimming kit, with swimming hat and towel in school on Friday morning please. Thank you.

• Home learning is set on Fridays and is due in on the following Wednesday.

• English writing task and Maths task are set on a Friday along with the home learning menu and books. Timetables are tested on Wednesdays and spellings on Fridays.

• Your child will have an independent reading book. To maximise their progress in reading and therefore in writing, they must read at home for 10 minutes each day, both independently and to a willing listener. Also, please continue to make comments about your child’s reading in their book. Please keep an eye on your child’s reading and ensure that their reading record book is in school with their reading book, every day.

The curriculum for this term is as follows:

Topic Focus – Stone Age to Bronze Age.

Literacy - We will be looking at poetry in different forms and creating some of our own, we will also be looking at how to set a scene to create mood and atmosphere. Widening their vocabulary by using fronted adverbials and writing more in each paragraph to stretch and extending their writing.

Numeracy – We will be looking at times tables and recalling facts quickly, inverses and mental arithmetic, we will also be looking at measurement, time, area and length.

RE –The RE study programme focuses on the preparation for Mass, the need to be self-reflective and expressive. The pupils will be focusing on Jesus the teacher. We will have a week of focusing on Judaism, where we will look at the Holy book of the Jews, the Torah.

ICT – We will be looking at sequencing and repartition, to create our own quizzes. Using the PC to create power points and Factual posters.

Science –During this half term we will be looking at Biology, starting with different dietary needs and teeth, the digestive system of humans and animals and healthy eating..

Trips – This term we will be looking at the Stone Age and Bronze Age, why these first nomads are really important to our cultural development. We will also take a trip to Lynn museum on the 9th January to kick start our project.

We will have a visiting dentist on Tuesday 30th January in school and during the next half term we will visit stories of Lynn to find out about the Hanse trade links.

Each trip will cost £6.00 per child without this contribution we will be unable to take learning outside of the classroom.

P.E – Year 4 will be swimming for half the class and Dance for all, and the mile a day fitness run, where all children will need trainers for running.

It is really helpful to us if, when your child receives a letter requiring a reply that you respond promptly, with reply slips and money in a sealed, named envelope. Thank you.

Class assembly for this term is 24th January and our class mass is Thursday 25th January and 8th March.

Mrs Gray and I look forward to a hardworking and enjoyable year. My door is always open for a chat so please feel free to come and see me before or after school.

Best Wishes as always,

Mrs Carol Norwood

(Year 4 Teacher)