Welcome to Year 4
Welcome back! We hope you and your children have had a safe and refreshing holiday and are looking forward to a successful and busy year ahead in Year 4. In addition to the information in this letter, there will be an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and learn further details about what to expect for the year ahead. The meetings will take place next week at 4pm on Thursday the 12th of September in 4K (Webbs) and 4CH (Meteor). If you cannot attend, all information will be put on the school website under year groups, Year 4.
Start and end of day:
The school day begins at 9:05am. It is important that all children are on time so that they do not miss the beginning of the first lesson. Your child needs to line up with their class teacher at the beginning of the day and ensure that they always say goodbye to the teacher at the end of the day before leaving the school premises.
In order to keep your child safe, teachers will only allow your child to go home with someone else provided permission has clearly been given by you, the child’s parent/carer, to your child’s teacher or the school office.
All teachers are in the playground before and after school on a daily basis. If there are any queries or problems, please do not hesitate to speak to us in good time before the bell rings. Should you be unable to come into school, please leave a message with the office and we will get back to you.
All children in KS2 can bring in a healthy snack for break time. This should consist of fruit (fresh or dried), vegetables or a small savoury sandwich. It is also advisable that the children bring in a bottle of water daily, labelled with their name.
This half term we will start our writing by studying a narrative text called Leon and the Place Between. A focus of this unit will be expanded noun phrases and adverbials to provide more detail. The children will develop their research and information text writing skills by writing about the reign of Henry VIII. In grammar we will continue sentence level work with a focus on recognising word classes.
Children will be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class. Please note that this will replace the spelling journals which have been sent home in previous years.
The children receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher. Please ensure that your child’s guided reading book is in their book bag every day, as their reading day may occasionally change. Reading homework will be set on your child’s assigned reading day and will be due before the following session. This will consist of pages/chapters to read from a book/extract and several questions to answer in their reading records.
It is important that children read aloud as regularly as possible at home – this can be to you, a sibling or other family members. We also encourage children to borrow a book from our class libraries. Please sign the reading record each week to acknowledge that your child has completed their homework and that they have practised their spellings.
This half term we will be focusing on: developing a secure understanding of number sense and numbers up to 10,000; comparing and ordering numbers; rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and mastering the formal methods for addition and subtraction. We will continue to focus on problem solving regularly in lessons and further embed the times tables they have learnt in years 2 and 3.
From this academic year onwards, all state-funded maintained schools and academies in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils. The national curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4. The children will start learning their 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables after half term.
Our topic during the first half term is Moving, Growing and Digestion where children learn all about the human digestive system. They also learn about the teeth of humans and other animals and begin to understand how diet and teeth are related.
In history, we will be learning about the Tudors. The children will learn all about Henry VIII and his daughter, Elizabeth I. The children will have the opportunity to visit Hampton Court Palace after half term.
In ICT children will be focusing on coding and using a BBC micro bit and they will also use morphobooth to create moving portraits about Henry VIII’s wives.
All children require a complete change of clothes for PE including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers and jumpers when the weather gets colder. If PE is before morning break, children may arrive at school dressed in their PE kit bringing their school uniform in a bag to change into. If PE is at the end of the day, your child should come to school in their uniform and will come home in their PE kit. We would also ask that all school uniform and belongings are clearly labelled with name and class to ensure safe return.
In Year 4, your child will have swimming lessons for a block of 10 weeks. During their allotted swimming times, all children require swimming caps to participate. Goggles may be worn if you wish. More details about swimming will follow closer to the time that your child’s class commences their 10 week block.
Your child will have their PE lessons on the following days:
|Outdoor PE||Indoor PE|
|4K||Monday –P1||Wednesday (Swimming) - P3|
Tuesday (Gymnastics) - P4
|4H||Wednesday – P4||
Monday (Gymnastics) – P4
|4CH||Tuesday – P3||
Friday (Dance) – P1
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
The theme this term is: ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, roleplay and discussion activities. We will be developing children’s language to describe different feelings, how an emotion may feel in our bodies and how our feelings can link to our actions
This year we are once again investing significantly in our music provision. This is being extremely well supported by governors and also through additional PTA funding. We are delighted to inform you that Year 4 are going to be experiencing a programme for instrumental tuition.
We have worked closely with the Wandsworth Music Service to develop a provision unique to Belleville where in each class the children, in groups of 10, will be taught either a brass, string or woodwind instrument by a specialist instrumental tutor. This will give children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument during curriculum-time for a full academic year.
Your child will be bringing home their instrument for which you will need to sign a loan form. The tutors will ensure the children know how to take care of the instrument and set it up correctly before they are sent home. This may take a couple of weeks. Of course, once the children do have their instrument, the more they practise the more they will gain from these sessions and the quicker they will progress so your encouragement at home will be invaluable. Their instruments will need to be in school every Thursday. We are looking forward to inviting you to some ensemble performances to display the hard work and new skills your child has acquired! This programme will commence in Week 4 of this half term.
Year 4 will be practising their observational drawing skills making a series of studies of insects using different drawing materials. They will then monoprint their drawings and use what they have learnt to make 3D sculptures inspired by the artist Damien Hirst’s Entomology Work .
Pupils will learn all of the vocabulary they need to give details about a variety of rooms and furniture in the home. They will also consolidate their learning of colour and numbers by describing rooms.
In addition to their reading homework, children will be set online maths and English homework every Wednesday and it should be completed by the following Monday. There will be a letter next week with your child’s log in details and the first online homework will be set on Wednesday 11th September.
Year group meeting: Thursday 12th September 2019 – Year group meeting
Hampton Court Palace Trips
Wednesday November 20th – 4G and 4CH
Friday November 22nd – 4H and 4K
Many thanks for your continued support,
The Year 4 Team
Ailee Kemeny (Year leader - 4K) Stephanie Grosvenor (4G) Imogen Hocking (4H) Catriona Hill (4CH)