Year 4 Autumn Newsletter

Dear Year 4 Parents,


I hope that you have all had a very good summer break and welcome back to a new term at Skyswood.  I have really enjoyed meeting your children and I have been pleased to see how quickly they have settled into life in Year 4.


The Autumn Term for Year 4 is an exciting time as we begin a variety of topics I am sure the children will enjoy.  In Science we will begin with ‘Moving and Growing’, looking at the skeleton and how our body moves.   Mr Bolton will also be teaching the class Science this term, studying the topic of ‘Habitats’.  Our History topic is ‘The Romans’ which will include a visit to Verulamium Museum on Thursday 11th October.  You will receive more details on this trip in due course.  Linked to their work in History, the children will be studying ‘Roman Mosaics’ in their Art lessons.


In ICT we begin with the topic ‘Accuracy Counts’, which involves learning how to use the internet efficiently for research and also understanding how to use spreadsheets.  The children will be taught Music each Monday by Mr Bolton and they will also have a weekly French lesson with Mrs Cohen.


During Wednesday afternoons, Year 4 will be swimming as part of the P.E.  curriculum for 10 weeks this term.  They will also be learning in PE about Invasion Games and taking part in a ‘Ghostbusters’ dance unit of work. The children will require their P.E. kits in school on a Tuesday and Thursday for their PE lessons, but it would be helpful if they have their PE kits in school all week in case an extra PE lesson is arranged.


The children will be expected to complete their Learning Logs each week as they did in Year 3, normally choosing one task to complete from a choice of three tasks set.  These will be given out on a Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.  Every Tuesday they will be given a set of spelling words linked to word work covered in the Literacy lessons that week, to be tested on the following Tuesday.  It would be beneficial to the children if they could also read each evening, either independently or with an adult whenever possible.


If there are any parents who have the time and are willing to come to help in class, we
would be very happy to see you. The children love working with adults so even the odd half hour would be great.  I may also require help on our visits so please let me know if you are able to spare us some time.


Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that your child has a very happy time in Year 4.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come in and see me – I am normally available in the classroom every day, before and after school.  I look forward to a fun and productive Autumn Term!


Yours sincerely,


Caroline Stevens