Welcome to Year 4
Class teachers in Year 4 this year are Miss Buckle and Mrs Carroll. Mrs Hyde and Mrs Stevenson will be teaching a Maths set and Mrs Stevenson and Miss Gould will be teaching an English set. The Learning Support Assistants working with us are Mrs Onslow, Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Heuer, Mrs Williams, Mrs Clare and Mrs Shuttlewood.
We have lots of exciting topics in year 4.
In the Autumn term we will be developing our understanding of the world, focusing on Brazil and the rainforest. In Science we will be learning about Sound and States of Matter. In English, we will be creating stories based on our knowledge of the Brazilian culture. In Maths, we will be working on place value and the four operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
In the Spring term, we will be learning about the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons, thinking about their traditions and how they are different to people today.
As part of our Brazil topic, we have arranged for a special visitor to come and talk to us on Tuesday 7th November 2017.
As part of our Roman topic, in the Spring term we will be visiting Colchester Castle on Tuesday 23rd January 2018. A letter with more information on this will follow.
It is expected that the children read three times a week at home. We understand that on occasions this can be difficult - therefore at lunchtime there are dedicated members of staff available for the children to read with in the library. These members of staff will sign the children’s reading record and this will then count towards their weekly reading target of 3.
Children have the opportunity to complete Maths homework in their Maths homework book and this will be given on a Thursday. It needs to be handed in by Tuesday.
Creative homework is given every half term; we hope that this will be very enjoyable. A letter about homework will follow.
Spellings are completed on a weekly basis. They are handed out on Mondays and the children will be tested on the following Monday. Children will be provided with a spelling book to practise their spellings at home.
At this age it is very important that children read regularly at home. Children are expected to read at least three times a week to an adult at home. If your child has read three times at home during the week they will receive team points and have the opportunity to win a prize in our reading raffle. There are various other rewards the children will receive for their hard work.
This year, the children will have the opportunity to take part in 10 swimming lessons at Waterside Farm Sports Centre. These will commence in the Spring term, after the Christmas holidays. A letter will be sent out nearer the time detailing what the children will need to wear and dates