Welcome to Year 4
"The sky has no limits... and neither do I.” - Usain Bolt
Spellings (sent home on a Monday, to be back in school on Friday)
This week the children have been looking at more common homophones or near homophones. Please click here to see a copy of these words.
On 'spelling day' in school, children have the opportunity to use resources such as word banks to help them. In English lessons, children are always encouraged to use word mats or dictionaries to help them with their spellings and so this is also acceptable within a spelling test.
Click here for the statutory Year 3 & 4 Spellings
SMIRFS (Space Mission Instant Recall Facts)
Instant recall is one of the most important parts of learning mathematics. It gives children a bank of knowledge from which they can draw to help them when working with maths in a range of situations. Your child will be bringing home a copy of their current target sheet for them to be supported at home.
They will then have a fortnightly opportunity to be tested in school to show what progress they are making against their targets.
Please ensure that your child brings their book into school with them on their test week.
The children have been given homework linking to our topic of The Stone Age. They have quite a few weeks to complete this, and we hope they have a lot of fun researching and presenting their findings.
Please click here for a copy of the homework. This is due back in on Monday 19th March.
- Children take part in whole class guided reading sessions three times a week.
- We endeavour to read one-on-one with your child at least once a week.
- Please continue to try to read with your child and/or talk to them about their reading at least three times a week. On top of prediction and summarising, other skills we’ll cover will include looking at structure (headings, sub-headings, captions, introductions and conclusions) as well as spotting past and present tense and formal and less formal language in non-fiction books.
- Please use the home learning diaries as a means of tracking what your child is reading. We are encouraging children to be independent learners by completing this themselves on the days where they may not read with an adult.
More on home learning
- Ms Lees teaches 4L and Mr Palmer teaches 4P
- Mrs Harvey will be working in both classes each morning
- Mrs Scott teaches 4P on Wednesday mornings
- Mr Simms and Mrs Scott teach both classes on Wednesday afternoons
Dates for your diary
- Friday 2nd January - Wear Red for Heart day. Please bring in money in exhange for wearing non uniform (something red!)
- Monday 12th - Friday 16th February - half term
Topics for the Spring Term 1
- Science: Electricty
- Topic: The Stone Age
- Art: Cave Paintings
- Computing: Programming
- DT: Making caves and Stone Age tools
- French: On The Move
- Music: Glockenspiels
- PE: Sports Hall Athletics and netball (PE lessons will be on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first half term)
- RE: What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?
Please note we are now a NUT FREE SCHOOL, so children cannot bring any nut products to school in their packed lunches. We appreciate your co-operation with this.
- Please ensure that your child’s uniform, coat, pack up and water bottle are clearly labelled. We still have a formidable amount of lost property every term!
- Reading books and Home School Diaries should be taken home daily. We can then ensure that children get the satisfaction of sticking with a book and finishing it. We’re happy to give suggestions if it’s tricky to find a book which ‘grabs’ your child.
- Named water bottles should be in school daily and either taken home every night or at the end of the week.
- PE is taught twice a week, usually a Wednesday and Friday. However, to allow flexibility, it would still be useful if P.E. kits could be kept in school all week. If your child needs to be excused from PE please send them with a note to avoid confusion.
We are very keen to maintain open communication and a partnership with you. If there is anything you would like to talk to us about please catch us before or after school or make an appointment in advance.
Ms Lees & Mr Palmer