Autumn Letter

8th September 2017

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Year Four! We hope you have had a fantastic summer. Just to confirm, your child is being taught by Ms K Grove on a Monday, Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday morning. Mrs A McErlean will teach Science to half the class the second part of the morning whilst Mrs K Keeling takes the other half swimming. Mrs K Keeling will teach on Wednesday afternoons. Mrs S Goddard will teach on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs K Keeling will be the Year 4 Teaching Assistant every morning.

In English the first two units that we will cover this term are Stories with a Moral and Sound Poetry based on  ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough.

In Mathematics we will follow the White Rose curriculum which will start with place value and addition and subtraction.

Some subjects will stand alone as follows:

Science:       Sound - How are sounds made?

History:       The Ancient Egyptians – How do we know about the past?

PSHE:              Internet Safety – How do we stay safe and happy?

RE:                  What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?

PE:                  Monday (indoor)

                        Wednesday am (swimming – separate letter to follow). The class will be split into two groups. One group will go swimming this half term and the other next half term.

                        Wednesday pm (outdoor.)

ICT:           Skills to access the Year 4 curriculum

Art:            Colour Mixing -What colours do you find in Autumn?

Music:         Wider opportunities - brass

 Please remember, everyone needs to have a complete indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Ensure all the kit is named, as unnamed t-shirts, black shorts and tracksuits are very difficult to identify. (The same is true for school sweatshirts, polo shirts, trousers, dresses and coats!) Also please make sure that if your child is swimming this half term that they have their swimming kit.

We would also just like to remind you that children only need to bring their school bag, post bag, reading bags/books and diaries to school each day (no pencil cases). 

You should not bring any precious objects or money to school as these often get lost or cause confusion and upset.

We encourage the children to drink water at appropriate times during the day, so please send a fresh bottle of water in school each day.  Please make sure that bottles are clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages.

Homework:

Each week a math’s sheet will be sent home on a Tuesday. Please could you ensure that it is returned to school the following Monday. Similarly a spelling and SPAG homework will be sent home each Friday and will need to be returned the following Thursday. Finally, there is an optional topic homework which is not compulsory. This term it has been designed to improve the children’s knowledge with a Geographical theme.

Reading:

In Year 4, we would like your child to read at least 4 times a week at home to an adult.  We are aware that some of the children are becoming more independent in their reading however, reading aloud is still essential in improving their pronunciation and fluency, whilst providing them with the opportunity to share and discuss the content of their books with you. In particular, it is important that they understand the vocabulary that they can now so easily decode. It is important that you sign each read in their diaries as they will be checked regularly. The children have been asked to sign their personal reads in pencil and we ask that you sign in pen.

We always appreciate extra adult help in the classroom, if you are able to help in any way, either on a regular or one-off basis, please let us know.  Anyone helping in school does require DBS clearance.  If you do not have this, please contact the office for a form to complete.

We would like to thank you in advance for the support that you will be giving your child with this homework and in co-operating with us to move their learning forwards. We look forward to a happy and successful year with you and your child.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries throughout the term. You can find us in the classroom after school most evenings, ring at lunchtime or leave a message with Mrs Proctor/ Mrs Hallam.

Yours sincerely

 

Ms K Grove and Mrs S Goddard