welcome to class 4
Summer Term 2021
Welcome back to school Year 4.
Over the next term, we will be learning all about fractions, decimals, time and money. We will also consolidate the work taught during home learning so that the children are ready to progress into Year 5 in September.
This term we'll be consolidating the work done on developing the basics needed for good writing, in particular focusing on handwriting, presentation and also basic punctuation and grammar skills. Our writing sequence will be based on a range of fiction and non fiction books and through these we'll be developing the skills needed to construct interesting and varied sentences so that their writing is well structured and interests the reader.
This term our two topics will be sound and electricity. Both units are very practical and will involve lots of opportunities for the children to investigate and explore the scientific concepts.
Our current topic explores the history of our laws and the methods in place to keep us all safe. We have already looked at why school rules are important; why there are laws and how they are enforced by the police and the courts.
Moving forwards, we will be exploring how laws have changed over time; how laws were enforced through history (including when the punishments could be a bit gruesome!) and even identify some famous figures from the past.
You can learn at home too. Click on the buttons below to practice skills and have fun!
Forest school is on alternate Tuesday afternoons, the dates are up on the classroom window.
Please ensure your child comes into school wearing appropriate clothing and has an old coat and suitable footwear. If the weather is wet or cold we will be going out anyway so it would be useful if they have wellies in school.
PE is on Thursday afternoons.
If you have purchased a CC logo tracksuit top and bottoms, then your child will be able to wear their PE kit underneath this and come to school in their tracksuit on PE days. If you do not wish to purchase the tracksuit and bottoms, then your child must wear their school uniform to school as usual and keep their PE kit in school. Long hair must be tied back, and earrings must be removed. If your child cannot take their earrings out, please provide tape or plasters to put over the earrings, to reduce the risk of any injuries during the lesson.
We value the work parents do to support their child's learning through homework. In Class 4, the children are given an English and maths homework every week. The homework will be set on a Thursday and should be handed in on the next Monday. For maths, they will also be set a KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts) to focus on for the whole term. These skills should be practised regularly for short periods, about 10 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. This term's KIRF will involve recognising equivalent fractions and decimals. .
Children are also expected to read at least three times a week, and to record this in their reading records. They will be given a book banded book in school and it is their responsibility to change it regularly. In Class 4, it is really important to spend time talking to your child about their reading, asking questions and giving them the opportunity to explain their understanding. In addition, it is an expectation that children bring their reading diaries to school every day so that reading done within school can be recorded and any comments or reminders can be written within them. Reading records are checked every Wednesday and children who have not completed the required number of reads will stay in at break time to catch up on their reading.
Daily practice of multiplication and division facts is also very important in Class 4 as children are going to need these facts on the tip of their tongues to complete more formal calculations in class and the new national times table tests we will be taking part in at the end of the year. There are lots of ways that you can practise: singing; matching cards; writing the multiplication and division facts down; using a timer to beat your score; as well as using the Times Table Rockstars web site.