Welcome to Year 4
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a good summer break and your children have enjoyed their first few days in Year 4.
Teachers: Mrs D Rogers: Monday to Thursday; Mr A Campbell: Friday.
Mrs M Ware (Covering the class every Monday afternoon)
Teacher: Mrs J Fuller : Monday to Friday.
Mrs G Hurrell (Covering the class every Monday afternoon).
Shared Teaching Assistant: Mrs C Eddy.
In Year 4, free readers (children who have completed all the colour levels on the reading scheme) can choose books directly from the shelves inside and outside the Year 4 classrooms; due to certain restrictions this year unfortunately, we are asking them not to bring a book from home. Children on our reading programme will continue to read books at the appropriate level which are colour coded to correspond to our RWI programme. Children who have completed the RWI programme but are not yet free readers will progress through the gold and black levels. As a starting point the children will be given books from the same colour level as they were reading in Year 3; these will then be adjusted accordingly. The children will be changing and selecting their own books (after hand washing).
Please hear your child read as often as you can (3 times a week would be beneficial,) try to set aside a few minutes most days, even if your child is a confident reader, they will still reap the benefits. Reading aloud is a very different skill requiring the children to adopt a storyteller’s voice and a lot can be gained from discussing events and characters, predicting what may happen, inferring information (reading between the lines) and discussing the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary and the effectiveness of exciting vocabulary. Please do not feel that you have to read a whole book in one sitting; little and often is usually best with time to read the words and time to chat and comprehend what has been read. The children will also be reading in school as part of their literacy lessons, doing comprehension activities from extracts of books, reading and discussing texts in guided reading with the teacher and they will be heard individually once every half term by their class teacher to assess their progress. Please ensure that your child has his/her reading book and reading log (fish book) in school every day. They may like to carry them in a school book bag to protect them from the elements; letters can also be carried in this way but please do not put water bottles in there as they often leak. Small rucksacks, e.g. a Firs rucksack can be used for this purpose.
In addition to this, all the children are able to choose a library book from school which they enjoy reading in spare time and in quiet reading sessions; this book stays in school. This year these books may be chosen from our Year 4 collection or from our newly opened library.
Uniform and equipment
We would be grateful if you could ensure that all of your child’s uniform, coat, water bottle and school equipment is named; this helps us to return lost property items back to their owners quickly. Please ensure that children are dressed according to the school’s uniform policy and are ready to begin the day as smart learners.
The children no longer require their own pencil cases in school. Some children have their own small bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel. This has been handy in quickening up queues. If you are able to provide one for your child, it would be very much appreciated. Water bottles should be brought to school every day with fresh water inside. Please also ensure that your child has a healthy snack for break time.
Willow Class will do PE on Mondays and Thursdays.
Oak Class will do PE on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Your child should come to school in their green and black school PE kit on their PE days, still looking like smart learners for other lessons that day. We are keen to encourage a positive attitude towards sports and exercise so please ensure they are dressed appropriately for the weather with jumpers, fleeces and tracksuit bottoms(all green/black) as it grows colder as we will be doing PE outside each week. We prefer that children wear comfortable trainers as they provide better support than plimsolls. Please ensure that earrings are left at home and hair below shoulder length is tied up on those days.
External sports coaches will be coming in to teach the children at different times throughout the year.
Immediately after half term we will be going swimming at Flitwick Leisure Centre on Wednesday afternoons for 6 sessions. (More details to follow).
We want to work in partnership with you and we realise that good home / school links are so important.
The children will continue to use their Home / School Communication (Fish) book this year to support the communication between home and school. If you wish to contact us or inform us of anything, please write a note in the book and ask your child to show it to their teacher. We will communicate with parents through the book too, where appropriate.
You can also contact us directly via email -
We will be sending out learning logs next week for the children to use to record their homework. Tasks will be uploaded to Google Classroom soon and spelling lists will also be found there. Homework is very important for the transition of the children to year 5 so thank you for your support with this.
We will be teaching the children spelling patterns and families as well as common exception words and then providing different spellings for groups to practise, including overlearning spellings to help with long term memory and transfer into free writing. The children will have a spelling assessment this half term to establish their confidence and accuracy. For now, please spend time practising common exception words sent with this letter.
Each week use the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method to help the children to learn spellings; again, little and often works best.Please also revisit those not mastered from previous weeks. Spelling tests will be termy to assess retention of spellings.
Art and DT
During art and DT sessions the children will often engage in messy activities. Please ensure that your child has an old named art shirt that they can leave in school for these occasions. Please don’t buy anything - an old adult sized shirt or t-shirt is ideal.
At the end of this year the Year 4 children will be sitting a national online test assessing their ability to recall their multiplication tables at speed (6 seconds per question including typing the answer!) Please support your child to learn their tables by making regular use of Times Table Rockstars as well as any other games, charts, quizzes, etc that will help at home. In addition to this please practise everyday opportunities for using maths eg. counting in many different steps, using money, telling the time, looking at the properties of shapes, sharing into fractions, measuring and reading charts and tables. Practise number skills like 1, 10 and 100 more and less, doubling and halving, counting in tens starting from any number (eg. 73, 83, 93, 103, 113, 123) number bonds (eg. 4 + 6 = 10, 12 + 8 = 20, 30 + 70 = 100, 42 + 58 = 100) and quick mental addition and subtraction.
End of Day Arrangements
During the course of this year we will be writing to parents about allowing children to walk home without an adult in the summer term (as this is a good preparation for middle school next September). However, until that point we still need collection arrangements to be the same as in previous years. If there are any changes to this, including an older sibling taking that responsibility, we would ask that you contact the office or write in the fish book as normal. Thank you.
Finally, we would like to welcome you and your child into year 4. This should be a very enjoyable and stimulating year as we have so many exciting learning experiences planned and we look forward to working with you and your child during the year.
If you wish to discuss anything with us of course, at any point during the year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you for your support.
The Year 4 Team