Welcome to Year 4

The Year 4 teacher is Miss Nolan and is supported by Miss Pople

There is a creative and investigative approach to learning and a focus on maths and literacy used in cross-curricular activities.

Our topic for Autumn 1 is The Mayans

Class DoJo

This term we will be trialing Class DoJo in Year 4. We will be using it to communicate with you: we can share pictures and messages and updates from the class. This will be secure and only invited people can access and see what is being communicated. I hope that you enjoy using it and seeing what we are getting up to. An invite letter will be sent home with a unique access code for you to use. If you need a replacement please let me know!

PE

Year 4 will be having PE on Thursday afternoon – We will be doing Netball up until half term.

Competitive sports will take place every 3rd Friday afternoon.

Children are encouraged to have their PE kit at school everyday should the opportunity arise.

Reading

In Year 4 reading regularly at home is actively encouraged and there will be a new Year 4 book challenge starting after half term so keep your eyes peeled!

Spellings

In Year 4 children are assessed against the Year 3/4 Statutory spelling list at the beginning of the term. This is done so that spellings can be tailored to the individual child. In class we cover a different spelling rule every week with focused teaching in school and lots of games & investigations. In addition to this the children will pick 2 or 3 spellings from their individual list to work on in conjunction with the spellings in class. Children will copy these down into their blue spelling books along with a set or words based on the current week’s spelling rule. These need to be practiced at home as well as in school. They will be assessed by dictating out sentences to the children for them to copy down. This allows us not only to focus on spellings but on punctuation and grammar as well.  This then allows the children to see the spellings in context rather than just learning them in isolation.

Useful links

I have attached the whole year Curriculum Plan & topic web for our first topic this Half term – The Mayans

Year 4 Curriculum Map 2018/19

Autumn 1 Topic Web – Ancient Civilizations 

Mathletics: I am encouraging the use of Mathletics this year to help develop the children’s confidence in Maths. The log ins have remained the same. If you need a reminder just let us know and we will remind you.

Bits & Bobs

Homework:

Set: Friday  Due: Wednesday

The children will have a grid in their homework log and should complete one activity per week and bring it back into school for checking. If the children would like to do anything extra then Mathletics is a great resource to use.

Autumn 1 Homework Grid – The Mayans

In Year 4 children learn a set spellings each week based on their individual needs based from the Year 3/4 National Curriculum Statutory Word List. There will be x3 weekly focused spelling sessions in school where there will be a focus on dictation and practical application of the spellings.