Welcome to Year 4!
The Year 4 teachers this year are Mrs Irfan who teaches Swift class and Miss Davis who teaches Swallow class. We are really looking forward to teaching the enthusiastic and hard-working children that make up the year group for Year 4 this year. Another adult who Year 4 would not be complete without is Stella, our fantastic LSA, who shares our excitement for the year ahead! Stella works across the year 4 classes in the morning supporting lots of groups of children in their learning and with smaller groups in the afternoons from across the year group.
We are joined byMiss Stevens (our P.E teacher), Victoria in the Hub, and Stella who will be supporting us on a Wednesday afternoon while we plan the exciting learning for the following week. Swallow class will also be supported by Miss Sokoni on Wednesday morning who will be covering Miss Davis while she has her NQT time.
If you ever need to speak to us about anything, big or small, please come and find us on the playground or phone the office to make an appointment (better for the big things!).
In year 4 we do maths, English and guided reading every morning. We also do mental maths, spelling and grammar lessons through the week too.
In the afternoons we do handwriting, circle time, coding, french, PSHE, our Hub slot for enjoying reading, PE and of course our all-exciting topic lessons (these include a mix of history, geography, history and art).
Check out our class blog for the latest exciting news!!
At the end of every big term (December, March and July), Year 4 children will take some practise tests in maths and reading. They will also be taking a writing assessment task. The weekly homework tasks support the children to practise these skills at home with their families. We will hold meetings in October to let you know what you can do at home to help your child.
In every lesson we conduct a thorough assessment of the children's learning and ensure that work and targets are set according to each child's individual need. Through the year the school will arrange a series of parent's evenings (also known as Learning Review Meetings) where we will discuss your child's progress to date, what they need to do next and how you can help. If you're ever curious about how your child is getting on in the meantime, please feel free to get in touch and let me know. You can also have a look at what goes on in the classroom during one of our open mornings when you can come and sit in one of our lessons!
Homework will be set every Thursday and should be handed back in every Monday. As the children are old enough to manage themselves now, we will expect all homework returned or children may have to find time during break or lunch to complete it. You will receive a text message on Monday afternoon if your child has not returned their homework.
They will be set maths, literacy, topic and either spelling or grammar homework each week. The homework may, at times, appear challenging but we strongly encourage parents to support their child's learning at home and to talk through difficult homework with children. As the children are getting older and more independent, it is important that they become used to regularly completing challenging homework. If children need further help, then homework club runs after school every Thursday.
Across the year, we cover a range of geography, history and science topics.
Year 4 have some fabulous topics:
Term 1 – Romans Rule!
Term 2 – Amazing Africa!
Term 3 – Brilliant Bodies!
Term 4 – Are you switched on?
Term 5 – Raging Rivers!
Term 6 – Groovy Greeks!
Miss Stevens (our school's sport coach) will deliver PE every Wedneday afternoon. We will also be swimming, but not until later in the year. On Wednesdays, it would be super helpful if children came to school wearing their school uniform with their PE kit in a bag. They will change into this in before lunch. Their PE kit needs to either be a house t-shirt in their relevant colour which can be purchased from the office, or any t-shirt in the colour of the house they are in.
It is vitally important that your child reads every day. They should read for at least 15 minutes in the evening and it will really help push on children's learning if they were asked questions about what they have just read. As the children are reading more independently in Year 4, children can read quietly to themselves which will help them to become more fluent over the year.
Children can change books every day during our guided reading sessions. We have a new electronic lending system which should make lending easier and enable us to monitor who is and isn't regularly taking books. To support your child even further, the school has a subscription to BugClub; a fantastic reading, spelling and grammar resource that your child can access at home. All children will know their log in details and need the school code: gxg3
If your child does not have a book bag, one can be purchased cheaply from the school office.