Welcome back to Year 4! Just to avoid any confusion, although your child has changed year, our class will still be referred to as Ash class and we will remain in the same classroom for our lessons. Despite a disrupted year, before the pandemic and during lockdown, the Year 3 children in Ash class were extremely busy with their learning and enjoying new opportunities. We must work together to sustain this level of commitment, resilience, creativity and perseverance next year!
Although things will be different when your child returns in September, we have lots of exciting new topics and activities planned to continue the momentum of their education for the 2020/2021 academic year. This letter is to let you know the general routine in Ash and introduce my colleagues who will be working in the class. Mr Towe will be notifying you of any arrangements regarding “Class Bubbles” for the start of the year via the school app.
Every morning, both English and Maths will be taught. The foundation subjects and Science will be taught through topic work in the afternoons. My colleagues, Mrs Hall and Miss France will join the Ash team and assist in various lessons during the week, working with small groups of children and providing intervention when required. On Monday afternoons, Calvin Moorhead will teach a session of P.E. and Mrs Kenyon will teach Music and Computing. In Year 4, children start swimming lessons at Sedbergh School’s swimming pool. However, this all depends on the current situation and we will notify you of the arrangements once they have been confirmed.
Following guidelines, we would like your child to come to school in their school uniform except on P.E. days, when we would like your child to come in their P.E. kit. P.E. kit includes blue shorts, white T-shirt, trainers, spare socks and when the weather gets colder and wetter, tracksuit bottoms, fleece and coat. Please could you ensure all items of clothing are clearly named. Long hair must be tied back and all jewellery removed. If earrings cannot be removed, they must be covered with tape, which needs to be provided please.
Hopefully, despite lockdown, your child has continued to read regularly at home. This year your child will continue to bring home a reading book. It would be greatly appreciated if they could read out loud to an adult on a regular basis, with you asking questions about what they have read to check comprehension. In Ash, we continue to write comments in the reading diary when we listen to children read banded reading books as we find it is a useful link between home and school. In addition, when group Guided Reading sessions commence, teachers have an opportunity to listen to individuals read, but comments are not noted in their reading diary. Reading is the most important skill in life and once it is mastered the world opens up, so it is our aim, with your support, to encourage the love of getting totally immersed in a book! Also, one of our aims this year is to work on writing composition and using more ambitious vocabulary; reading a range of texts helps with composing more interesting writing – “good readers make good writers”.
This term our main topic is all about the Ancient Greek civilisation and we end the term with a topic called Celebrating Christmas in different European countries. In English, our Power of Reading text is “The Iron Man”, a modern classic for children, plus studying some fascinating Greek myths and fables. For Science, our two topics will be States of Matter and Sound. Very exciting and I can’t wait to get started with all this new learning!
Over the Summer holidays your child took home their Home Learning Log book to cover and find an Ancient Greek fact. When term starts, a list of activities connected with our work will be given to your child to choose at least 4 activities to complete over the whole term (2 per half-term). Also, half –term spellings and times tables will be given to your child. We would like you to take time to help your child learn these in preparation for the spelling and maths challenges each Friday. In addition, Year 4 children are now required to complete a national Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) in the summer term to determine whether they can recall their times tables fluently, so it is important that we work together to help your child to learn their times tables up to 12 x 12. Maths homework that concentrates on a range of concepts will also be set throughout the year via worksheets and Mathletics to help consolidate their learning.
To avoid sharing everyday equipment, your son/daughter may bring their own “fit-in-tray” pencil case with sharp HB pencil/s, pencil sharpener, rubber, ruler and black ink pen (not a biro please).
I am very much looking forward to working with your child again this year and continue with their learning. We need to hit the ground running when we return in September and work together to ensure their education and wellbeing progresses in a positive way.
If there are any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office or email me using the class email address email@example.com. Other whole school events and arrangements will be communicated to you via the school website or app.
On behalf of myself and the Ash team, thank you for your support.
Here is a link to our Year 4 Curriculum Map that outlines our topics and learning for the academic year.