welcome to class 4
Autumn Term 2020
Welcome back to school and into Year 4. For the next few weeks we'll be working hard on getting you back into the school routine and will be doing a lot of work linked to well being, our emotional health and learning techniques. Below we go through so of the other things you'll learn this term.
Over this term, we will spend time consolidating some of the Year 3 work to make sure that any gaps are filled. We'll also be working on place value, different calculation methods and also length and perimeter.
We'll be going back over some of the basics to start with, in particular focusing on handwriting, presentation and also basic punctuation and grammar skills. Lock down really has really affected the children's writing stamina so this is also something we're going to work on. Our writing sequence will be based on the books, 'The Day The Crayons Quit' by Oliver Jeffers and also 'Red: A Crayon's Story' by Michael Hall. We'll also be using 'Dear Teacher' by Amy Husband.
We'll be starting our science work by looking at animals, including humans, with a particular focus on teeth, digestion and food chains. As always we'll try to make the learning as practical as possible with lots of investigative skills being taught.
Our theme this term will involve learning about the Romans. We'll be learning about their way of life, the rise and fall of their empire, prominent Romans and we'll also be having a visit from Discover History who will be bringing in lots of artifacts for us to look at.
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 is to be able to count in twenty fives and thousands.
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.