Year 4 Mrs Doolan
Welcome to Year 4
Mrs D Doolan - Teacher
Mrs L Stuart - HLTA
Mrs J Mears - Learning Support Assistant
Parent Pack and letters from September 2020
Year 4 is the second year in Key Stage 2. We use cross-curricular projects in which subjects overlap to reinforce and meet the needs and capabilities of the child. We aim to develop the knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes necessary for your child's development. We embrace Learning without Limits where children are not put into boxes but are given the space to grow and surprise themselves (and us) about what they can achieve.
Homework is given out on a Friday to return the following Wednesday. During the year there will be bigger projects to complete and timescales will reflect this.
Term 1 and 2 Knowledge Organiser
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.
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.
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 three times per week in KS1 (Reception, Year 1 and 2) and five times per week in KS2 (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6). This should be recorded in their reading record, which will be checked weekly.
In addition, children can access Reading Eggs, an online reading program, at home or in school. Please see your class teacher for login details.
We always encourage children to learn to spell correctly. They will be taught the spelling 'rules' and how to apply this knowledge in their work.
To support them and let them have some fun while learning we use an online program called Spelling Shed. This can be accessed at home, by following the link below. Please see your class teacher for login details. Also below is a printable sheet showing the year groups target words.
We have at least two PE lessons per week - these are currently Monday and Weds. 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.
An example of our kit, which can be purchased from NK Sports, is below or your child needs a plain white t-shirt and black shorts.
Year 4 Physical activity
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.
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.
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.