Year 4

Report
WELCOME TO YEAR 4
Mrs Almond, Miss Metcalfe, Mrs Riley and Mrs Hill
WELCOME TO Y4
• We are very lucky to have one of the new
classrooms this year.
• Please feel free to have a look around our
classrooms following the meeting. We will also
be around if anyone has any questions.
DAYS TO REMEMBER
• Curriculum Maps – Autumn Term 1 find on the website: Our Year 4 Learning
Challenge is ‘Where would you choose to build a city?’
• Y4A have PE on a Monday and a Tuesday morning, Y4M have PE on a
Wednesday morning and a Thursday afternoon- please make sure children
have the correct PE kit in school each week and that earrings are removed.
We will send PE kits home for a freshen up each half-term.
• Reading books should be changed every Tuesday and Thursday.
• Homework will be sent out on a Monday. Spellings should be learned by
Friday but maths and comprehension are to be returned the following
Monday, giving the weekend for completion.
• Celebration assembly will take place on a Friday afternoon at 2.55pm.
ITEMS TO REMEMBER EVERY DAY
• Your child should be bringing a water bottle every day. We encourage
children to have a drink at the start of every lesson.
• A book bag is needed every day containing their reading book and for
taking home any letters or homework.
• Please ensure that ALL uniform and coats (even shoes!) are clearly labelled
with your child’s name.
• Trainers are not allowed in school. Correct uniform must always be worn with
shirts tucked in.
BEHAVIOUR- GOOD TO BE GREEN
• Every child starts on a green card each day.
• If a child needs to be spoken to about their behaviour they will get a warning card.
If behaviour improves then this will return to a green card.
• If behaviour does not improve and an adult has to speak to that child again, then a
red consequence card will be used. This then means that the child will have a
consequence,
• E.g. Level 1 -miss a break
• Level 2 – The child will speak to the phase 2 manager and Parents will be informed
• Level 3- The child will go to the Deputy Head.
• If a child has super behaviour all week, and stays on green, they will be rewarded on
a Friday and their name will go into our raffle box to win a prize every half term.
MUSIC LESSONS
• Y4A will be learning a string instrument on a Tuesday afternoon and Y4M will
be learning to play the flute on a Friday morning.
• Children will be loaning these instruments for a year and can take them
home (with permission from an adult) but if the instrument is damaged the
School Music Service will expect the cost in full to replace the instrument.
• It is vital that children bring their instrument to school every week as this is an
opportunity only offered in Year 4.
SWIMMING LESSONS
• Every child in Year 4 will attend swimming lessons.
• Girls will need a full one piece costume and boys will need a pair of tight
swimming shorts.
Weeks
Beginning
02/02/15
09/02/15
Week
Beginning
23/03/15
30/03/15
Weeks
Beginning
11/05/15
18/05/15
Mon & Fri
2pm – 3pm
Weds
1pm – 2pm
Mon & Fri
2pm – 3pm
Weds
1pm – 2pm
Mon & Fri
2pm – 3pm
Weds
1pm – 2pm
PE & HOMEWORK
• If for any reason your child is unable to take
part in PE or complete their homework they will
need to bring in a note from home that has
been signed by an adult.
NEW CURRICULUM-ENGLISH
• In Y4 we will teach English every day. The children will work through a range
of objectives and activities taken from the new English curriculum.
• As part of the new curriculum children will be taught through a text that is
age appropriate and challenging.
• The new curriculum places a greater emphasis on children’s spoken English
and encourages drama activities to be used on a regular basis.
• It also requires children to be taught discrete sessions of spelling, punctuation
and grammar. We call this our SPaG lesson.
• Here is a copy of our timetable to show how English will look each day:
Term: Aut 1
Y4 Timetable
Number in Class: 31
Day /
Time
Teachers: M rs Almond
8. 50
9: 00 - 10: 00
-
10: 45-
10: 00- 10: 45
11: 00
9. 0 0
11: 00 - 11: 45
M on
English
/ Grammar
M
R
O
PE
G
S
9. 0 0 - 9: 30
9. 30 -
LKS2
10 : 0 0
T
M ental
LKS2
R
maths
A
T
I
Thurs
O
test
1: 15
2 : 15-
2 : 30 - 3: 2 5
2 : 30
L
A
U
U
F
I
N
D
C
R
H
N
Handw riting
/ Grammar
I
E
N
D
M aths
G
English
RE
G
N
E
O
T
PPA
I
ICT (M P)
N
Singing
B
Assembly
R
E
E
A
M
R
D
E
E
Spelling/
15mins times
Handw riting
tables
/ Grammar
K
English
Spelling/
15mins
Handw riting
M athletics on
/ Grammar
Science
PPA
M FL French (SC)
B
A
I
K
Science
Pray er/
Fri day
Ref lection
2 . 10 2. 25
English
PSHCE/
SEAL
N
G
M aths
M aths
O
English
A
Assembly
T
M usic- Strings
R
M aths
I- Pads
1. 15- 2 : 15
M aths
R
N
Fri
12 : 15
Spelling/
I
Wed
12 : 15-
(3: 10 - 3: 2 5)
Handw riting
E
11: 45-
Support Staf f : M rs Riley
Spelling/
PE
Tues
Academic Year 2 0 14/ 15
TGI FRIDAY
Learning
Follow ed by Celebration
Challenge
Assembly
(LKS2 2 : 55- 3: 2 5)
READING
• Your child has been given a school reading book. Most of the children will be
choosing these for themselves as they get used to the routine. This must be
taken home every night and brought into school every day. Your child
should be aiming to read for at least 20 minutes each night, sometimes, but
not all the time with an adult.
• The school reading record book should be completed by your child with a
reflective comment about the book and signed by an adult to say they
have read and fed back any difficulties or concerns within the week. They
are allowed and encouraged to read other books of their own at home and
these may also be noted in their reading record.
• The wider the variety of reading material they experience, the better.
READING
• Guided reading happens everyday. Each child will read with an adult
once per week.
• Other activities during guided reading may include pre or post
reading activities linked to a book they have read with an adult in
school, comprehension tasks, paired reading, ERIC (Everyone Reading
In Class) or a variety of interesting reading based activities.
SPELLINGS
• Every Monday, your child will bring home a list of 12 spellings to learn.
These are to be practised at home, ready for a spelling test on Friday.
It might help if they decide to learn perhaps 2 words each night and
then practise them all on the Thursday night before the test. ( Read,
Cover, Write, Check ) method is effective!
• They will probably require some adult help with this, to check they
understand the meaning of the word as well as the spelling. An older
brother or sister could maybe help here.
NEW CURRICULUM-MATHEMATICS
• We will have at least one hour of mathematics each day in Y4, this
session will teach objectives taken from the new curriculum.
• Topics will be taught in a practical and fun way and time will be given
for children to apply their knowledge independently through follow up
problem solving activities later in the week.
• Separate sessions will be dedicated to mental maths and the times
table challenge.
• Mathletics- Home – school link. Certificates awarded in Celebration
Assembly for frequent use.
TIMES TABLES
• We must stress the importance of times table knowledge as this
underpins a lot of the learning that will take place in Y4. We
recommend that children spend 15 minutes each night practising their
mental recall of times tables facts.
• Once your child can confidently recall the multiplication fact of a
chosen times table they should move on to practising another times
table.
• Once your child can confidently recall facts up to 12 x 12, they should
begin to learn the corresponding division facts to each times table
e.g.
If 12 x 12 = 144, 144 / 12 = 12.
LEARNING WALLS
• Learning walls will be used as part of English and
Mathematics to display helpful learning hooks for the
children.
• Learning walls allow children to refer back to what
they need to include in their work.
• They are also an interactive area that the children
can take ownership of.
NEW CURRICULUM –COMPUTING
• Computing will be taught on a Monday in Y4M and
a Wednesday in Y4A as a discrete lesson. Children
will be taught from the new curriculum that
encompasses computing elements such as
programming.
• Children will have the opportunity to use the new ICT
suite and facilities, laptops and I-Pads as part of their
weekly timetable.
LEARNING CHALLENGE CURRICULUM
• In previous years the children have accessed foundation
subjects such as history, geography and art as part of PLT
(personalised learning time). This will now be called the
‘Learning Challenge Curriculum’.
• Each topic context for learning will be introduced with a
‘WOW moment’ that will inspire and engage the children’s
interests to learn more.
• Here are the topics we will be learning about in Y4:
Y4 LEARNING CHALLENGE TOPICS
Where would Chembakolli Why is
Who were the
you choose to
Liverpool such early
build a city?
a cool place lawmakers?
to live?
Hundertwasser
Painting
Banksy
Gaudiarchitecture
Why were the
Norman
castles
certainly not
bouncy?
What would
you have
done after
school 100
years ago?
Shields,
swords,
armour etc.
MuybridgeZoetropes/
silent movie as
a piece of art
work.
ART
• The children will be taught art as part of the ‘Learning
Challenge Curriculum’ and we will focus on one art skill
across the whole school each half term.
• We would appreciate any old shirts, messy mats or
newspapers to help keep our new classrooms looking
wonderful.
THE NEST AT
NEWTON
Nurture Group- a message from Mrs Needham
A nurture group is a small class of six to eight children
which acts as a kind of bridge between home and
school. It offers additional help for pupils within a
small, structured ‘home-like’ classroom. We
incorporate curriculum activities although the
majority of the learning is social, emotional,
behavioural aspects of learning.
FINALLY
We appreciate all the help you can give. I hope we can work together
to make Year 4 a successful and enjoyable experience for your child.
Teachers will be around on their classroom door each morning for any
short messages that you want to pass on. If you wish to make an
appointment after school to speak to your child’s class teacher please
do so via the office. We are always happy to discuss any of your
concerns or queries that you may have.
Mrs Almond and Miss Metcalfe

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