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Welcome to Year 4, where lots of fun and exciting learning takes place. Miss Ghassempour is our class teacher and in the mornings we are joined by Mrs Shaw. On this page you will find our class news and lots of interesting pictures showing you what we have done. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school and their new classroom after the summer holiday!
Welcome to Year 4
A very warm welcome to Year 4. We hope you enjoy reading our class page, especially finding out about all the wonderful things we have and will be doing throughout the year; latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday.
During the Autumn Term, it will be important to both consolidate and build upon progress made in year 3 and continue to aid the children in continuing to become confident, happy and well-rounded people. The children made so much progress in year 3 and we are all excited about the new term ahead!
Any concerns or queries that you may have are hugely valued so please feel free to approach me after school. Additionally, I am available for more formal meetings by appointment which can be arranged by emailing the school office or by catching me outside.
Please take the time to read our class page.
Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday.
Your teaching team will be Miss Ghassempour, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Questa. Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Friday mornings. Mrs Questa will teach Year 4 on a Tuesday afternoon. PE will be on a Thursday and Friday. Please continue to scroll down for further information regarding our PE coverage.
So that you can take your learning as far as possible, this page will be updated regularly with all the learning and events that will be taking place. Each half term our learning objectives will be put up so that you know what we will be doing and fortnightly we will be updating you on all the latest news from class and any upcoming events that you need to be aware of.
We are really looking forward to our time in year 4 this year, and hope that you are too!
Miss Ghassempour and the Year 4 Team
Monday 2nd September - Staff Training Day.
Tuesday 3rd September - Children return to school
KS2 Parent Welcome meeting, time and date to be confirmed - we will cover year 4 expectations and curriculum
Thursday 12th September - first swimming session
Monday 4th September - INSET day
Please see documents below for learning log homework expectations.
Curriculum this Term:
This half term we will be learning to:
Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000
order and compare numbers beyond 1000
Find 1000 more or less than a given number
Recognise the place value of each digit in a four digit number
Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000
Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers
READING (Word reading):
Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation:
This half term we will be focusing on animals including humans, our topic will look at teeth and the digestive system. We will be learning to:
Identify and name the parts of the human digestive system
Describe the functions of the organs in the human digestive system
Identify and describe the different types of teeth in humans
Describe the functions of different human teeth.
Our PE days for the Autumn term will be on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster.
Swimming will begin on Thursday 12th September and continue for the Autumn term. Children will need the following items in a waterproof bag:
A one piece-swimsuit should be worn for the lessons – bikini’s or two- piece type swimwear are not permitted. If your child has long enough hair, plaits are ideal for swimming days as the swimming hat goes on more easily.
Cycle type swimming shorts/briefs are permitted (shorts must be well above the knee). Bermuda style shorts or long shorts are not permitted as these can be dangerous. For reasons of safety, the swimwear should be sufficiently tight fitting to allow the freedom of body and limb movement without causing unsafe water resistance. In terms of the legislation that governs this, we are guided by AfPE (Association for Physical Education), Safe Practice in Physical Education and Sport 2012 and the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association).
We are hoping to have a small collection of spare swimming kit and would be grateful for any donations of outgrown items in order that we can provide spare kit for any child that may forgotten, so they do not miss a lesson. Please ensure all uniform and swimming kit is named.
It is a good idea for children to get in the habit of taking responsibility for packing and remembering their kit as this will really help with their independence – one of our class targets for year 4. This will also help the children to remember as we will not phone home if kit is forgotten.
We leave school at approximately 10:05am and return at 11:25am. Swimming will be for the Autumn term however, it does not happen on the first or last Thursday of the term. The Thursday before and after half term are swimming as usual. There is no charge for swimming lessons.
As some you may be aware, the National curriculum requires that by the end of year 4 children should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. So this is the term to really push this at home and help children to master their multiplication and division facts. Learning by rote is one option (the old fashioned way!) and we use Numberlink boards at school (more information on the school website under the ‘About us’ and then ‘Curriculum’ tab). There are lots of great interactive games/ apps available on the net too. This is a good place to start: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables
Each week the children will have 3 minutes to answer questions on a selection of times tables (depending on which level they are on), once they get all the question correct on a level they get to move up. Details of each level and their focus are outlined below:
Finalist Level - We know our 2, 5 and 10 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes
Bronze Level - We know our 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes
Silver Level - We know our 3, 4, 6 and 11 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes
Gold Level - We know our 7, 8, 9 and 12 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes.
European Level - We know our tables up to the 12 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes.
Olympic Level - We know our tables up to the 12 times table and can recall 100 multiplication and division questions in three minutes.
Tough Level - We know our tables up to the 12 times table and can use these to recall facts including those with decimals.
It has been wonderful to see so many of the children develop a love for reading last year and we have some very competent and independent readers out there. Reading must continue to be recorded at home and we would ask that listen to your child read aloud to you on a regular basis. Many children enjoy this and it also gives you the opportunity to check their comprehension, discuss vocabulary, make inferences and develop opinions of their own. These are all important skills that will put them in good stead for SATS. We ask that children read at least three times a week at home and that this is recorded in their Reading Records (and signed weekly by parents weekly). Reading Records will continue to be checked on a regular basis.
Lost uniform and equipment
Please ensure all clothes, lunch boxes, bottles etc are labelled. There is a box of lost property in the Y4 classroom which is never empty and a cloakroom which is always scattered with lost items. Please encourage children to take responsibility for looking after their belongings, and to check that lunch boxes and bottles in particular are taken home daily.