Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to Year Four. Our new class are hopefully settling in and enjoying their new classroom and learning what it is like to be in Year Four, working incredibly hard and learning lots of new things! Our Creative Curriculum topic this term is An Imaginary Island. We will start our topic by looking at geographical features, writing creation stories, creating shelters during a design technology challenge and creating an imaginary god who will rule over our island. Over the next four weeks we will create an imaginary society with laws, currency and a religion. We will also hopefully learn some bush crafts too!
In science we will continue to learn about light and shadows. In PE we will be doing athletics with Mr Traves and hockey, led by a professional coach, Mr Wilson.
O In Inspire Maths will be looking at time, angles and area and perimeter as well as continuing to improve our rapid recall of multiplication facts.
English and maths homework is issued on a Friday to be returned for the following Wednesday (or earlier.) Spellings are given out on Friday - with children tested on some of the list and words they are expected to know in Year 4 - the following Friday. Spellings will change from September to fit in with Mrs Tough's teaching timetable. Please see the Meet and Greet leaflet for more information.
This term the majority of our P.E lessons will take place inside on Tuesdays and Fridays. Help your child enjoy P.E as much as possible by sending in plimsolls shorts and tops rather than tracksuits as they will get too hot inside. Please ensure your child has a full kit in school every Monday morning and only take it home for washing on Fridays. Could I also ask parents to keep an eye on plimsol sizes, quite a few children's feet have grown over the holiday and shoes are getting a bit tight. Mr Wilson has asked for children to bring in shin guards and mouth guards where possible and that all children wear socks for P.E. Girls in particular, please pop a spare pair into your P.E bag for the days where you have worn tights to school.
We expect all our children to read every evening and at least once over the weekend. In Year 4, 15 minutes should be a minimum but, if your child can't put their book down because they are so engrossed, that's the magic of reading. Please ensure you sign the reading logs to confirm this reading is taking place. We visit the school library once a week and regularly update the children's Oxford Reading Tree books every week on Mondays.
Every time a child is listened to read by an adult at home, they receive a stamp on their Rainbow Reading Card. With twenty stamps, they receive a certificate in assembly and move onto the next colour (rainbow...) Please help your child by completing their reading record.
Here is my top 10 list of must-read books for any Y4 child:
1. War Game - Michael Foreman - amazing illustrated account of WW1 and that famous Christmas truce with football.
2. The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy - climb aboard for broomstick mayhem.
3. Fairy Tales - Terry Jones - updated, with a twist, traditional tales, told in a modern style.
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - forget the film, the book is infinitely more brilliant.
5. Diary of a Wimpey Kid - Jeff Kinney - yes it's full of Americanisms, but a truly funny book.
6. Up for the Cup - Simon Bartram - Seaburn City's star player Julio Poom faces a crisis of confidence as the team count down to cup glory.
7. It Was A Dark and Stormy Night - Allan Ahlberg - beautifully told story of brigands and a boy.
8. The Iron Man - Ted Hughes - one of the greatest opening chapters in children's literature.
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis - heart-rending tale of hope - in the darkest of times.
10. Charlotte's Web - E B White - another modern classic of a pig, a spider and a girl.