Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

10th September 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Year 4

Welcome back to school after a well-earned holiday. I hope your holiday was restful and you are ready for a hardworking and enjoyable term. Here is an introductory newsletter to inform you of the weekly routine in Year 4.

What and When…

· P.E takes place on Monday and Wednesday – Yr. 4 blue and Thursday and Friday – Yr.4 Yellow. Full kits need to be in school every day as we will also be including the daily mile. Children need track suit bottoms for cold weather including 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 school yellow PE bags. Thank you.

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

· English tasks and target times tables are set on Friday with the home learning menu. One task from the menu should be completed independently each week.

· 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, they can make comments too! 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 – Egyptians, and animals and their habitats

Literacy – This half term we will be reading the Magic Faraway Tree and all of our English work will be focused on this text. Please do not read this book at home.

Numeracy – Our numeracy will be based on place value including addition and subtraction. The children will become more confident with 3 digit numbers and may progress to 4 digit numbers.

RE – The RE study programme focuses on the Bible - how we use the Bible and what the Bible teaches us about everyday life as a Catholic.

ICT – The children will be using computers to practise quick recall of times tables and ICT across the curriculum, and look at coding and algorithms.

Science – During this half term we will be looking at living things and their habitats, finding out why animals adapt and understanding the world around us.

Geography- In geography we will be using map skills to locate man-made and natural features in the UK. We will also compare and contrast forests and rainforests.

History- In history we will be investigating life as an Egyptian.

P.E – During this term we will increasing our stamina and general fitness by completing the daily mile, we will be learning a team sport, Hockey and indoors PE we will be doing Gymnastics.

Design Technology- We are very excited to have a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)room which includes real tools for project making. Our first project will be to make automata.

Art- We will be mastering drawing techniques focused on real life, including animals and self-portraits.

Latin- We will be learning Latin nouns and pronouns and investigating where modern words originate from.

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.

Our class Mass will be Thursday 4 th October and Thursday 29 th November at Holy Family Church. Our class assembly Blue, is on Wednesday 17 th October and Yellow, is on the 21 st November. It will be lovely to see as many parents as possible at these events.

The Year 4 team look forward to a hardworking and enjoyable year. Our door is always open for a chat so please feel free to come and see us before or after school.

Best Wishes as always,

Mrs Norwood and Miss Lowe.