Dear Parents and Carers of Year 4 children,
Welcome back! We are looking forward to the term ahead and all the fun learning opportunities we have planned for your children. Covid 19 has made 2020 unsettled and a little strange at times. You and your child may have moments of mixed emotions as we’re all settling into new routines but be reassured we are offering lots of emotional support to your child.
This year the Year 4 team will be Mrs Steele and Mrs Toogood in Bronte and Miss Pickett in Banksy. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Arnold, Mrs Bowden and Mrs Hoodless.
We will start the term with looking at a variety of short stories, to gently ease children back into reading and writing. Our topic this term is the Anglo Saxons. In science we will be looking at living things and habitats. In RE we will be learning about Christianity, focusing on “the Fall.” We will be planning in some learning experiences that will involve a voluntary contribution: please note, that as last year, we must raise at least 80% of the total cost in order to run any trip. As a school, we have made the decision not to allow any trips in term 1 and 2, this will continue to be monitored and we will keep you updated.
This year, a main focus for maths will be times tables knowledge, this is to help the children with their end of year multiplication tables check assessment, we will send more information on this at a later date. We will be setting times tables to practice at home. To help your child with their times tables, a copy is in their homelink books. All children learn at different rates so please do not worry if these take a while to sink in!
Each child should complete ten lots of times tables practice in their log books every week. We also expect you to hear your child read for 60 minutes every week. Children must also answer a comprehension question based on their book. You should sign the reading record in your child’s homelink book to show that this has been done. All children have to complete times tables, spellings and readings each week, as well as demonstrating good behaviour and a positive attitude to learning for at least four weeks to be considered for a prefect badge. Extension work will also continue every term this year.
If you have any concerns about your child in school, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can use your child’s homelink book to arrange a good time to talk things over. We are excited about the year ahead with our fabulous Year Fours!
We ask that you make sure your child’s uniform is all labelled with their full name or initials; this will help us unite lost jumpers with their owners! In addition, please ensure your child is equipped with a fully stocked pencil case and their own water bottle.
Please can you make sure your child comes to school in their PE kit on their allocated PE days. For Bronte, these are Tuesday and Friday and for Banksy, Monday and Tuesday.
Thank you for the positive start to the term, keeping to social distancing and the children have come back ready to learn and fully prepared for the term ahead. We appreciate your support and cooperation.
Year 4 Team