Welcome to Year 4.
We hope that you had a lovely summer, and that the children are happy to be returning to school ready for the challenge of Year 4. Here is some information which you may find useful and help you to settle smoothly into the classroom routines.
PE The children will need to bring their PE kit into school on Monday mornings and take it home on Fridays. We will begin the year with PE on Monday and Tuesday afternoons; however, it is recommended that the children have their PE kit in school all week in case of any last minute timetable changes. Children are expected to have a complete change of clothes for PE, this includes: plain blue PE t-shirt, trainers, shorts/skirt/jogging bottoms.
Please encourage your child to read aloud frequently as this helps develop their fluency and comprehension. Please sign your child’s reading diary each time you hear them read and discuss their stories with them. We are hoping that all children in Key Stage 2 read at least three times a week to an adult, and make at least three comments in their reading diary about what they have read. Possible comments could include: recalling part of the story; discussing the characters, plot or setting; favourite moments; making predictions; finding ‘new’ words. Reading records will be checked every Wednesday.
All children will be given a copy of this term’s guided reading book – ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’. This is a recommend Year 4 book that ties in with our topic this term, and supports teaching across the English curriculum. Occasionally pages will be set for the children to read at home.
Please could you support your children to learn their multiplication tables. All Year 4 children will be sitting a government-issued online Multiplication Tables Test in the Summer of 2020. Across the year, the children will be taught their multiplication tables up to and including 12×12. The multiplication table of the week will be introduced in Monday’s Maths lesson and the children will complete a timed test – this same test will be repeated in Friday’s Maths lesson and the children will be expected to have improved their score across the week.
The children will each be given a list of spellings to learn each week which support the Year 4 targets for writing and spelling. These spellings will be tested every Thursday. The children will complete a pre-test, followed by a week to learn the spellings, and then a repeated test a week later. The children will be expected to have improved on their previous score by at least 3 new words.
If you have any queries you would like to discuss please call in at the end of the day.
We look forward to an exciting year ahead, and hope your child will have a successful and enjoyable year.
Cordelia Brown and Tracy Little