Year Four Curriculum Newsletter
Autumn 2016 - 2017
Welcome to Year 4!
This newsletter summarises the main curriculum and class information for your child, for the autumn term, and other points to note. If any concerns arise please feel free to speak to me after school or via a note.
There is a more detailed plan of the Year 4 curriculum on the school website, which I will update and amend as the year unfolds depending on the children’s needs and progress.
Our overall topic for the autumn term is The Roman Empire.
English – ‘Varjak Paw’ as class text. Narrative writing, newspaper reports, poetry, recounts (diary entries), information texts and explanation texts.
Maths – number, place value, addition and subtraction, measures, money, fractions, decimals, multiplication, division, shape, position and direction.
Art- Print making and drawing skills
French – animals and months of the year
ICT- ‘We are software developers’ and ‘We are toy designers’
Music – exploring descriptive sounds and exploring arrangements
PE- Games, Dance and Gymnastics
PSHE- ‘New beginnings’ and ‘Getting on and falling out’
RE – ‘Identity and Belonging’
Science- Animals including humans and states of matter
For the majority of time during English, Maths and Guided Reading, children will be grouped according to ability. However, there will also be times when they work in mixed ability groups. These are flexible groupings which can and will change according to the topic area being covered, progress made and group dynamics. For all other subjects, the children will predominantly work in mixed ability groups and seating. Mrs Flint, Mrs Norman and I will work with different groups of pupils during lessons throughout the week (Monday and Tuesday – Mrs Flint; Thursday – Mrs Norman).
Homework will be set and given out on a Tuesday and should be returned the following Monday. Spelling homework and lists are given out on Monday in preparation for a test on Friday. Homework will largely consist of Maths tasks including times tables, along with topic work projects and research linked to our current topics in class. Team points will be awarded. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time and if you help him or her, indicate this on their work. Homework instructions will be sent home in a folder and children will be expected to complete their homework, on paper or the sheets/templates provided, and return this to school ready to be used either in their books or for display. The same presentational and layout expectations apply for homework as in class. The total amount of time to be spent on all homework, across the week is 1 hour and 30 minutes (this does not include reading).
Please read with your child on a regular basis. Your child should take responsibility for his or her own reading record (which should go to and from school each day); filling in their own comments (at least 2 comments a week) and it is to be handed in with their homework.
I completely understand that there may be times when the children are unable to complete some or all of their homework. On these occasions, please write a short note to explain.
Rewards and sanctions
Good work and behaviour will result in team points, class treats and weekly certificates in celebration assembly. I believe in having a positive approach with the children and will praise them regularly and wherever I can.
Warnings will be given to the children before a sanction follows. This may take the form of missing a playtime or using their time to complete unfinished work. All of the class have contributed to a set of classroom rules and expectations and are aware of the sanctions procedure in the case of unacceptable behaviour.
Time to discuss any issues
Please see me if you have any queries regarding your child. Due to staff meetings and clubs, I will be available after school Monday, Wednesday and Thursday although making an appointment will ensure I can allocate quality discussion time with you.
Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. If your child is unable to do PE, please supply a written note as to the reason why. Please note that as we approach the colder months the children should bring in tracksuit bottoms and a warm top to wear as PE will continue in all weathers! Earrings are to be removed for PE or not worn on PE days if easier.
Even though you will have reported your child’s absence on the telephone to the office staff, please also supply a written note on the day your child returns to school. Any children arriving after 8.50am need to go via the office to sign in and will be registered as late.
If your child needs to take medication during the school day, please come to the school office to fill in a form. A normal letter is not enough as the information needs to be recorded in a certain way.
Dates and events
Proposed trips and visitors in school this term include;
- Rotten Roman day at Kent Life – Thursday 29th
- A roaming roman in school.
Thank you for coming to your child’s information evening and I look forward to working with you this year! J