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Year Four Curriculum Newsletter
Autumn 2017 - 2018
Welcome to Year 4!
As a parent of a 14 and 15 year old, I recognize that this an important year for the children, not least with secondary school selection procedures looming early September in Year 6. Anything you can do at home to supplement the children’s learning at school will be enormously helpful, especially hearing them read. Please use the theme list below to help you understand and contribute to the exciting learning experiences your child is telling you about at school.
There is a more detailed plan of the Year 4 curriculum on the school website, which I will update and amend as the year unfolds depending on the children’s needs and progress.
Our overall topic for the Autumn term is The Roman Empire.
English – ‘Varjak Paw’ as class text. Narrative writing, newspaper reports, poetry, recounts (diary entries), information texts and explanation texts.
Maths – number, place value, addition and subtraction, measures, money, fractions, decimals, multiplication, division, shape, position and direction.
Art- Print making and drawing skills
French – animals and months of the year
ICT- ‘We are software developers’ and ‘We are toy designers’
Music – exploring descriptive sounds and exploring arrangements
PE- Games, Dance and Gymnastics
PSHE- ‘New beginnings’ and ‘Getting on and falling out’
RE – ‘Identity and Belonging’
Science- Animals including humans and states of matter
I recognise that homework can sometimes be a source of stress and conflict which I would like to mitigate.
I want your child to take more responsibility for their learning and become more independent. I have told the children that they are to try their best to complete the task in the time (usually 30 minutes) and if they cannot, to write me a short note as to what the difficulty was. I am delighted if parents help and support home work, but if they can’t (or won’t!) do it please let me know so I can assist them.
Homework will be set and given out on a Tuesday and should be returned the following Monday. Spelling homework and lists are given out on Monday in preparation for a test on Friday. Homework will largely consist of Maths tasks including times tables, along with topic work projects and research linked to our current topics in class. Team points will be awarded. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time and if you help him or her, indicate this on their work.
Homework instructions will be sent home on paper and children will be expected to complete their homework, on paper or the sheets/templates provided, and return this to school ready to be used either in their books or for display. The same presentational and layout expectations apply for homework as in class. The total amount of time to be spent on all homework, across the week is 1 hour and 30 minutes (this does not include reading).
Please read with your child on a regular basis. Your child should take responsibility for his or her own reading record (which should go to and from school each day); filling in their own comments (at least 2 comments a week) and it is to be handed in with their homework.
Rewards and sanctions
Good work and behaviour will result in team points, class treats and weekly certificates in celebration assembly. I believe in having a positive approach with the children and will praise them regularly and wherever I can.
Warnings will be given to the children before a sanction follows. This may take the form of missing a playtime or using their time to complete unfinished work. All of the class have contributed to a set of classroom rules and expectations and are aware of the sanctions procedure in the case of unacceptable behaviour.
Time to discuss any issues
Please see me if you have any queries regarding your child. I always try to be available before and after school every day for any brief discussions, although making an appointment will ensure I can allocate quality discussion time with you. I also encourage the children, as a reflection of their age, to come and speak to me themselves. This might be to relieve a worry before going home, or after having discussed it with their parents. I think it is important for the children to start to think for themselves and work out how to solve problems independently if they can. Obviously, any larger issues should be dealt with me directly.
Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. If your child is unable to do PE, please supply a written note as to the reason why. Please note that as we approach the colder months the children should bring in tracksuit bottoms and a warm top to wear as PE will continue in all weathers! Earrings are to be removed for PE or not worn on PE days if easier.
Even though you will have reported your child’s absence on the telephone to the office staff, please also supply a written note on the day your child returns to school. Any children arriving after 8.50am need to go via the office to sign in and will be registered as late.
If your child needs to take medication during the school day, please come to the school office to fill in a form. A normal letter is not enough as the information needs to be recorded in a certain way.
Dates and events
Proposed trips and visitors in school this term include;
- A roaming Roman in school.
I have tried to anticipate any questions that may arise, but if there is anything you are unsure of or concerned about now or throughout the year please let me know as soon as you can. If there is something bothering your child, or you, I will always do my utmost to help.
Thank you for coming today, I am grateful for your support and look forward to continuing to work with you