Welcome to our Year 4 class blog!
The children are settling into Year 4 and are very keen to learn lots of new and exciting things! They are adapting to their new environment, routines and new teacher which is lovely to see.
During Year 4, children will experience a variety of engaging lessons and activities which aim to build on children’s knowledge and assist them in reaching their full potential.
In our core subjects the children will continue to build on previously taught skills alongside learning new skills and how to apply them in order to become fantastic readers, writers and mathematicians!
We will be starting the year off by learning about the Romans during our first topic Roman Rule. We will then move onto other exciting topics over the year including: World Kitchen, Rainforests, Crime and Punishment, Reign Over Us and Britain From The Air.
During the Autumn term, Year 4 will be having PE twice a week outside – weather permitting. This will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays so please ensure that your children bring the correct kit into school and are appropriately prepared – i.e. hair tied back and no earrings in. Children will be asked to take their PE kits home on a weekly basis so that they can be washed and returned to school the following week – we will be sending kits home on a Thursday and expect them back in school ready for the following Tuesday.
Children will be tested on their spellings each Thursday and given a new set of spellings to practise at home ready for the following week. Children will also have weekly times tables tests (called ‘99 Club’ tests) and will therefore need to be working on their times tables at home throughout the year – Times Tables Rock Stars and Twinkl Go! are great websites to support your children in doing this! I sent letters out at the start of the year with your child’s login details for both websites but if you require another copy then please let me know!
In Year 4, you can expect to receive weekly homework on a Friday. For now, this will consist of maths homework focussing on the skills covered in the week to help consolidate learning. Additionally, your child may receive either weekly topic homework or mini topic projects to complete over a longer period of time.
It is important that children are regularly reading either independently or with an adult at home, covering a wide variety of books to help build their fluency and give them a wider vocabulary to help their writing styles. We will provide the children with opportunities to read their reading books in school – both independently for pleasure and to an adult to enhance fluency and comprehension. Because of this, I politely ask that you ensure your child brings their book bag containing their reading books into school every day so that they are always ready to read.
Lastly, please look at the resources provided on our website for more information on how to support your child at home and to find copies of Rocket Words, Reading Challenges and 99 Club tests.
I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year filled with learning and laughter and I hope the children are too!
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask me.