Welcome to Year 4!
September is here already and Year 4 has started! I hope you all had a super holiday and are ready for an exciting year ahead.
As this new year begins, there will be many changes: the first, being a change of building. We are now in the Cedar House and are situated on the top floor. (4H are about Busy Bees and 4JB are above Fantastic Frogs' classroom). Children are expected to enter via the staircase near the year 2 classrooms and exit via the staircase near Busy Bees. Hopefully, this will avoid any congestion! There will always be a teaching assistant at the bottom of the stairs to pass on any messages to the teachers in year 4. If you would like to arrange a meeting with your class teacher specifically, then please speak to the office to arrange a meeting.
This year, we will be trialing an exciting new way of delivering the PE curriculum. Year 3 and 4 will be joining forces to enable children to have a choice of activities. Children will hopefully be able to participate in a wider variety of sports. This term, our PE slot is on a Monday afternoon.
It is important that your children have a PE kit in school at all times- this MUST be named (including trainers!) and in a named bag. Don't forget a tracksuit for those chilly winter months.
To be excused from any PE session, children must have a signed note from a parent/guardian.
This year we will be taking the children for swimming lessons. This is a statutory requirement and all children must attend. Letters will be sent out with further details in due course.
To enrich our curriculum, we are in the process of updating and improving our termly topics. As soon as we have more information on this, we will let you know.
We will not be having an offsite trip, as swimming lessons will require payment. However, we intend to have outside visitors- these days usually require costumes, again this will be made clear in a letter prior to the event.
Reading plays a large part of our home-school agreement and therefore, we believe that it is important that every child read, at least, four times a week. Please keep a record of ANY home reading in your child's reading record as this will be our evidence that reading is happening at home (this must be signed by a parent/guardian). There will be class rewards for those children that read four or more times a week.
The following home learning will be set weekly. We expect these to be completed on the following days:
Monday- Spellings given (need to be returned the following Monday- please ensure these are learnt before returning).
Friday- Maths sheet given (needs to be returned by the following Friday).
Each term we will be giving children an open-ended question which they will need to think about and create a project in order to answer. This could be anything from a photo collage, poster, 3D model etc...
This term, our question will be: What is my gift?
Water and Fruit
Just a reminder... a water bottle for drinks throughout the day will keep your children hydrated and a piece of fruit will keep them doing until lunch. Please ensure water bottles are named as this will help distribution at the end of the day.