Welcome to Year 4!

                                                                                                                                                                                          September 2019

Dear Year 4 Parents/Carers, 

I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you and your child/children to Year 4!  I hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.  I am looking forward to working with your children over the coming weeks and throughout the year.  This letter will hopefully clarify some of your questions about curriculum coverage and class routines.

In English, we will begin with a narrative unit on Traditional Tales, with a focus on Myths. This will be followed by a non-fiction unit on Report writing. Throughout the term, there will be an emphasis on building imagery through poetry, using this to build vocabulary which children can use to enhance story settings and narratives.  The children will enjoy Guided Reading sessions each week, with reading for pleasure at the heart.

Each Monday, we will continue with the Spell to Excel scheme that the children are already familiar with; spellings will be written in the home – school diary and tested on the Friday.  Please do help your children check the words and work with them to practise their spellings. Learning Logs will be set each Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday unless otherwise stated.

During Maths, we will continue to build on prior learning from Year 3, developing skills in understanding number, calculating, shape, measuring and handling data.  Some of this learning will centre around investigation and problem solving, making links with all areas of the Maths curriculum. This year sees the introduction of the new Year 4 statutory times tables tests which will take place in the Summer Term. With that in mind, there will be an emphasis on the children learning their times tables up to 12 x 12. We will be continuing with the maths cards which children are already familiar with and they will also engage in a specific times tables lesson every week.

Our first topic for Science is ‘States of Matter’ in which we will be examining the properties of solids, liquids and gases.  Through a range of  investigations, children will compare and group materials, observe how materials change state when they are heated or cooled and identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.

This term, we will be learning about Europe in our Geography Topic. We will be finding out where Europe is on the map and the countries found within the continent, before exploring the physical and human geography. We will carry out a case study of a particular country and I am sure some food tasting may also be involved!

We will be swimming on Wednesdays, starting on 11th September. Sandringham have a strict policy on the wearing of swimming hats in the swimming pool. If children fail to bring one then they will not be allowed to swim. In school, Year 4 are timetabled for PE on Tuesdays. It would be helpful if they have their PE kits in school all week in case an extra PE lesson is arranged. Whilst the weather is still pleasant, we will be outside as much as possible so children will need trainers in school. Please can you ensure all kit is clearly named before it is brought into school to minimise lost property and that they have appropriate footwear and clothing for colder weather.  

Music lessons will be taught by Mrs Salway and French will be with Mrs Cheshire, both on Wednesday mornings. We are very excited about linking both of these subjects with our topic on Europe!

During the year, we will be taking Year 4 on class trips to support their learning and we will keep you informed of any costs when the details of each trip have been finalised.  At present, we are planning to visit a Hindu Temple at the end of this half term and the approximate cost will be £20.30. In the spring term will be the Viking Day at a cost of approximately £14.00.

Support from parent helpers is always greatly appreciated, especially with times tables, hearing the children read and for checking library books in and out. In addition to this, if any parents can assist on a Wednesday afternoon to walk to and from the swimming pool with us, that would be most helpful. We will leave school promptly at 1:10pm and return by 2:30pm. Please let me know as soon as possible if you can help!

We  hope that your child will be very happy in Year 4 and we would like to thank you for your help and support in advance.  There is a Parents’ Evening later in the term but if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact me.

Kind regards,

Miss Kate McAlister and Mrs Henna Ahmed