Year 4 Mrs Doolan
Welcome to Year 4
Mrs D Doolan - Teacher
Mrs L Stuart - HLTA
Mrs J Mears - Learning Support Assistant
New Teacher Letter for September
Message from Mrs Doolan
Welcome back to Term 5.
The school day starts at 8.45am. A member of staff will open the main gate on Hill Road for your child to come into the playground.
Please do NOT send your child to school if they are unwell or have any Coronavirus symptoms. Let the school office know if your child is not attending and the reason for absence.
The school day ends at 15.15. Again a member of staff will open the main gate, on Hill road. Please wait by the gate to the churchyard and your child will be called to you.
School Dinners are available. The menu can be found on the website under parent and lunch menus.
Please ensure your child is wearing warm clothes and sensible footwear. It is colder in the classrooms than usual due to windows and doors being kept open for ventilation.
Term 4 and 5 Topic Stone Age to Iron Age
Period Overview: The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age covers 98% of human history in Britain. Some of the major advances in technology were achieved during this period, including the control of fire, agriculture, metalworking and the wheel without which modern life would not be possible. None of this history is written down but discovered through theories and ideas gauged from artefacts and ancient remains. To find out about this period, we have had to ‘dig up the past’.
Be aware that Prehistoric Britain’s time frame is different to other places in the world.
Knowledge Organiser Term 4 & 5
The Big Dig
TIME TRAVEL - May 2021
A fantastic Stone Age day had by Year 4. Very impressed by their knowledge so far. Enjoyed a visit from the museum. So excited to have a visitor!
In Key Stage 2 we intend to have lots of fun-filled topic days where parents will be invited to discover what we have learnt, dates will be confirmed nearer the time. This is an opportunity for children to share what they do at school and a great way to show an interest in your child's learning.
We ensure our topics are based around the children's interests and are linked to the whole community where possible.
For instance children may visit Worlebury Hillfort where they will learn about their local prehistory.
During our WW2 topic, we have visits from local people to share their war memories, and a school from Bristol are evacuated to our school and we even had a visit from carrier pigeons.
Reading is so important!
Reading is a key skill as it affects all areas of day to day life. As a school we promote a love of reading and encourage children to read a wide range of different genres.
OUR CURRENT READ... TERM 3/4 READ TERM 2 READ TERM 1 READ
Perilous Journey by D.Doolan
When children can read fluently with good understanding they self-select books from our well stocked library.
Parents/Carers can help at home by listening to your child read or sharing their book.
The expectation is that your child reads at home a minimum of five times per week in KS2 (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6). This should be recorded in their reading record.
Other texts we recommend reading with your Year 4 child are...
We have at least two PE lessons per week - these are currently Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child's kit is in school at all times to enable us to be flexible.
We do PE in all types of weather so please ensure your child has suitable PE kit. In the Summer months we recommend shorts and t-shirt and in the winter long trousers with t-shirt and hoodie. Trainers or daps should be worn.
All kit should be clearly labelled with your child's name.
We are also skipping for two minutes per day, as part of Skip to be Fit and running a mile around the playground to travel the world.
Year 4 Physical activity
The children have been having lots of fun learning all about fractions.
Being able to recall the times tables is a HUGE skill and will have benefits across all areas of the maths curriculum. In Year 4 the expectation is that children can recall their times tables up to 12x. Maths fluency is one of our schools focus areas. Make sure your child completes their times table sheets each evening and bring them back to school the next day. This is really good practice for them. If you need any help supporting them with strategies to learn their times tables, please ask. Thank you for your support.
In Science, we learn about the following topics: digestion and teeth, electricity, animals and their habitats, states of matter and sound. In the past, we have had a visit from the Explorer Dome and annually we hold a pet show where we have had the company of a sheep, pig, dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards, snails and more.
Snacks & Drinks
As a healthy eating school, we encourage children to drink throughout the day. Water is the best drink for children to have as it is the healthiest and if spilt does not attract ants or wasps! They can also bring in a piece of fruit to eat at break time. (No Sweets, fruit rolls etc).
Year 4 Camp
The long-awaited camp occurs in June and it is talked about for years to come. We are based on the Mendips and enjoy outdoor living for 3 days and 2 nights. With night-time bonfires, assault courses and sleeping under canvas it is a highlight of year 4.
This year the Year 4's get to share the camp with Year 5, who were unable to go due to Lockdown.