English & Maths homework will be sent home with your child every Monday and expected in the following Monday. English and Maths homework tasks will compliment key skills to enhance our learning throughout the week at school, and make direct links to the schemes of work being taught.
Spellings will also be sent out on a Monday, and children will be tested on these spellings the following Monday. Each week we will follow a spelling ruler/pattern, therefore some weeks some spelling may be easy or hard. Securing the spelling rules will strengthen you children when writing and will allow them to progress onto more complex words as the year progresses. They will be tested on a SAT’s style test each week, where each word which they have learnt, will fit into a sentences. E.g. Television – I watch Television when I get in from school.
Reading folders and reading diaries are expected to be brought to school every morning and reading diaries will be signed every Monday morning to ensure your children are reading at home 3 times a week. It’s crucial children read at home at least 3 times a week and children are encouraged to have their diaries signed 3 times a week. 5 raffle tickets which be awarded for every 3 signatures and clear comments in a child’s diary.
Water bottles should also be brought into school every day along with reading folders. Flavoured water will be acceptable and children are given plenty of opportunities throughout the day to have a water break. Bags are now kept in safe lockers within the cloakrooms.
What we will be looking at this year!
Year 4 will begin the year by looking at ‘The Powerful Tutankhamun’ and what we can learn from The Ancient Egyptians. We will be making historical and geographical links to the Egyptians covering cross curricular areas where appropriate. Children will develop their historical enquiry skills through Art, Design, research and ICT.
In the Spring term, Year 4 will look at the destruction of the Rainforest and how the environment affects this amazing part of the world. Again, children will develop their skills through geographical enquiry, looking at human and physical features of the rainforest and research ways society can contribute to saving the rainforest. Alongside our Rainforest topic, we will also be looking at The Mayans. Year 4 will move on to look at the Mayan Empire. Children will be learn about the rise and fall of the Mayan Empire and the gruesome spiritual sacrifices they took part in thousands of years ago!
In the Summer term, Year 4 will focus on their British topic: The Vile Victorians! Children will be learning about our Great British Monarch as well as the Industrial Revolution! Children will also be learning about how times in education have changed after being given a 1st hand taster day of a Vile Victorian school day! Oliver Twist is most certain to be making an appearance in our learning throughout the summer term!
This year we will again be using Accelerated reader. This is a new, yet embedded, system for reading and will ensure your children are reading books suitable for their age and ability. We begin with a short test which gives a reading age for your children and a special ZPD code which corresponds to a section of our school Library. You children will then be given the opportunity to visit the library and select a book from their given section. Your children will then read their new book and once finished they can login to Accelerated reader (in school only) and complete a short comprehension about the book they have read.
They will then be given a percentage score out of 100% and will earn points which eventually allow them to move on to a new ZPD code, thus making progress. As you can see we will be celebrating 100% success in our online test and therefore highly promote in depth reading at home!
Dates for your Diary!
17th November: Trip to the Cinema with Y3/4
22nd November: Egyptian Project show case afternoon
5th December: Y3/4 Christmas Play Dress Rehearsal (Grandparents invited)
6th December: Y3/4 Christmas Play 1:30pm & 6:00pm
13th December: Y4 Christmas Party
16th December: School closes for Christmas