Our Class – Year 4

Class Teachers: Mrs Hands / Mr Cooke          Teaching Assistant: Mrs Kerry

Trainee Teacher: Miss Piercy

It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks into term and the Summer holidays are already a rapidly fading memory. We’ve had a thoroughly enjoyable start to the term and are very much looking forward to working with the children this year.

This year there will be a number of adults working with and teaching Year 4.  On Mondays and Tuesdays, Mrs Hands will be the class teacher.  Mr Cooke will be in school all week, but will have responsibility for the class on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  We are also delighted to have Miss Piercy based with Year 4 this year, where she will be completing her teacher training.  Initially, she will be teaching just a couple of hours per week, although this will increase as the year progresses.  Finally, Mrs Kerry is the Year 4 teaching assistant and will be in school generally from Mondays-Thursdays.

Year 4 Curriculum – Autumn Term

Mathematics – will be taught daily.  A full curriculum map for mathematics is on the school website and shows which Year 4 objects will be taught at different points during the year.  Mr Cooke is starting the year looking at numbers, place value and calculation methods, whilst Mrs Hands will be looking at shape and space aspects of the subject.

English – again will be taught daily.  Reading comprehension and grammar objectives will be taught by Mrs Hands this term and Mr Cooke will be teaching the writing objectives.  Our first text type this term will be Recounts.  We will then be looking at fictional writing.  Spelling and Handwriting will be taught generally 2-3 times per week.

RE – will be taught by Mrs Hands.  Our two units for this half-term are “Creation and the story of Abraham to Joseph”, where the children will become more familiar with the stories of Jesus’ ancestors, and “Jesus teaches us how to pray”.  The RE curriculum is taught as per the Diocesan syllabus.

Science – will be taught by Mr Cooke.  Our first topic of the year is ‘States of Matter’ where the children will learn about the properties of solids, liquids and gasses and how some materials can change between these states.  After this we will complete a unit on ‘sound’.

Geography – our topic this term, which links very nicely with our first science topic, is ‘Weather, Clouds and the Water Cycle’.  This will be taught by Mrs Hands.

History – taught by Mrs Hands.  During the Autumn term, the children will be extending their understanding of the Romans and the Roman Empire.  We are hoping to organise a visit to the Corinium Museum in Cirencester to support this.

Art & Design – Miss Quinn will be supporting the delivery of the Art curriculum this year.  During the first half of the term, the children will be producing work in the style of Spanish artist Joan Miro.  After half-term, the children will be creating digital art inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky.

Design & Technology – Will be taught by Mr Cooke/Mrs Kerry.  This term our topic is Pizza.  We will be visiting Pizza Express later in the term (see date below) where the children will see what goes on behind the scenes at a Pizza restaurant.

PE – On a Thursday afternoon this half term, Mr Youson will be teaching the class Handball.  Our other PE session will take place either on a Wednesday or Friday where the children will be learning to play the fast and furious game of Tchoukball (look it up on Google!).  After half-term the children will be orienteering and playing Tag Rugby.

Computing – This will be taught by Mr Youson on a Wednesday morning.  This term the children will be starting by developing their desktop publishing skills and producing work to support other aspects of the curriculum.  After half-term, they will become digital artists.

Languages – this term we will be looking at Spanish colours, weather and greetings.  The children will be practising both their speaking and writing skills in Spanish.

Music – aside from the odd spontaneous burst into song (which is always possible in Year 4!) we will be looking at playing mini steel pans this term.

 

Homework 

There are a few small, but important, changes that we have made to our homework policy this year, which we would like to make you aware of.

Reading – children are generally expected to read daily.  Ideally this should regularly be to an adult, although we appreciate that this is not always possible.  Many children will be reading books from the school reading scheme – although for those who are, it is also advantageous to read other materials too.  Other children may have completed the reading scheme and are classed as ‘free readers’.  These children will be guided in school as to what level of books would be most appropriate for them.  All reading should be recorded in your child’s ‘reading record’.  Try to encourage your child to be the one who records this information.  The reading record should be signed by yourselves each weekend and returned to school on a Monday to be checked.  If your child is on the school reading scheme and would like their reading book changed during the week, they should put it in the appropriate box in the classroom (we will show them where this is) so that an adult can assist them with this.  To encourage children to read a broad range of materials, we have made changes to the reading record this year.  There is a page for each term in the new reading records where children are challenged to read different types of books/literature.  They will also be expected to complete at least 5 reading activities (in a new reading activity book) at home each term.  They can choose which activities to complete and when, and should bring in their reading activity book to be marked once they have completed an activity.

Spelling – this will be taught in school 2/3 times per week and follows the schools spelling programme.  In addition to this, children will be given 5 words from the Year 3/4 statutory word list to learn by heart each week.  These will be printed on the weekly newsletter, available on the website and displayed in the classroom.  On a Friday, the children will therefore have a 10 word spelling test, made up of the 5 statutory words and 5 words which link to the spelling rules taught in school during the week.

Times tables – children will be expected to practice their times tables at home regularly.  We cannot stress enough how important this is to your child’s overall mathematical development.  Children should be able to recall (instantly, not with a 5 second delay!) facts from all 12 times tables by the end of Year 4 (a National Times tables test has been introduced this year which all Year 4 children across the country will complete in June).  I will be regularly sending home sheets and activities to support this.

Home study tasks – last year the children had an additional homework task each which linked with their topics in lessons.  This year, they will have one each half-term.  Children will be given a brief and can then take this in whatever direction they like.  They could produce a book, poster, computer presentation, song, piece of art……they are only limited by their imagination.  Our first Home Study task, which will also be sent home on a separate sheet, is “Roman Gods” – where the children should research and produce a piece of work about a Roman God of their choice.  The deadline for returning pieces of work is the Wednesday of the last week of the half-term (16th October)

How you can support your child/the school

Providing an effective and relevant curriculum can only be achieved through a rich partnership between home and school.  What becomes clearer each year is that the children who are happiest and achieve the most are those where there is a strong positive relationship between school and yourselves.  We adopt a very much ‘open door’ policy and we hope that you would come straight away to discuss any problems or issues.  There are a number of things that you could do to support your child at home, which would have a significant impact on their work at school.

  • Talk to your child about their day at school and what they have learnt
  • Read with and to your child regularly
  • Practice their spellings and times tables with them regularly, trying to be patient if they are finding these hard
  • Keep up-to-date with school events, the newsletter and the Year 4 part of the website
  • Have a good and consistent morning routine so that they arrive at school stress free and ready to learn.
  • Gradually give them more responsibility at home, knowing that for real learning to take place, mistakes are often necessary.
  • Ensure that your child has a regular and consistent evening routine, particularly around bed time, and that they are able to get the recommended 10-11 hours sleep per night.
  • Limit screen time and use of electronic devices, keeping a close eye on the content that they are accessing, and encouraging them be as active as possible
  • Supporting them in taking part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, both in and outside of school, to develop their interests and skills.
  • Avoid exposing them to adult conversations which could cause them anxiety; children are masters at hearing things you don’t want them to – yet don’t always have the maturity to put what they hear into context.
  • Talk to us if there is anything worrying your child or there are any circumstances which may be affecting how they are at school.

Dates for your diary this term

Below are events which are already in the diary that are appropriate to Year 4.  Please check the calendar regularly as more will be added as the term progresses

Sunday 22nd September 9:30-10:30am – Fr Michael’s final school mass.  It would be lovely to see as many children there as possible.  After the 11:15 mass there will also be a garden party at the church which you are most welcome to attend.

Tuesday 1st October 9:15-10:15am – Year 3 & 4 class mass at church

Thursday 3rd October – Whole school individual photos – please look smart J

Sunday 6th October 9:30-10:30am – Reception class welcome mass (School family mass)

Wednesday 9th October 3:30-6:30pm – Parents’ Consultation Evening

Monday 21st – Friday 25th October – Half-term holidays

Wednesday 6th November – Class trip to the Cinema (Star City, Birmingham) to see 2040

Thursday 7th November – Class trip to Pizza Express, Coventry

Friday 15th November – Class trip to the Cinema (Odeon, Cov) to see How to Train your Dragon 3

Friday 20th December – Last day of term.

 

Documents, Letters and other Useful bits!

The Year 4 team:

Andrew Cooke                                                            Ella Hands                          
Deputy Head/Class Teacher                                        Class Teacher    
andrew.cooke@allsoulsschool.co.uk                           ella.hughes@allsoulsschool.co.uk

Aimee Piercy                                                              Emma Kerry
Trainee Teacher                                                           Teaching Assistant