Welcome from Miss Appleyard.
We have had a really good start back getting to know each other. I have been really impressed with the maturity and willingness to learn that the children have been demonstrating as they start this new school year. All children look very smart following the new uniform policy! I also really enjoyed hearing all of the amazing memories the children had to share after their summer holiday and look forward to hearing more in the future.
Year four is a brilliant year and the topics are ones which should really inspire and excite the children. Our first topic this year is Burps, Bottoms & Bile. This topic has lots of hands-on, practical elements to it which the children will love. We will be looking at things such as: how we brush our teeth, re-creating the digestive system in our own way, designing and making digestive system t-shirts, making smoothies and even creating a digestive system dance! I taught this topic to the previous Year 4’s and it was definitely a favourite, as I’m sure it will be again this year!
Throughout the year we will be focusing on building on different skills across the curriculum. We will be encouraging the children to continue developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term the children will be writing a biography about David Walliams, as his book ‘Demon Dentist’ is our class novel for this half term. They will also design a persuasive leaflet encouraging people to brush their teeth correctly. In maths the focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction. Reading will see children build on their current skills, as well as developing the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in guided reading.
In order to allow the children to develop their skills in art this year and produce really amazing pieces, Miss Yates will be working with the children each week. This will see the children learning, refining and showcasing new and existing skills. To really allow the children to get stuck in we have decided to spend a full afternoon every two weeks on this area of their learning. This will mean that the children will also have a double PE session with our sports specialist Mr Goddard every other week, instead of the current one hour a week. Next Thursday (w/c 11.9.17), year 4 will start with PE on a Thursday and will have art the following Thursday afternoon. The children will also have a weekly PE session with Miss Yates and complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits should be sent into school on a Monday for the week.
Maths, English and Reading home learning will go home every Friday (starting next week) and is to be returned by the following Thursday. This home learning will now be sent home in a new individual bag which is to be used only for homework. The children will have a week to learn their spellings and a spelling test will take place every Thursday.
We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading the children can once again choose their own main reading book. Reading, just 10 minutes a day, has a real impact on children’s learning. As previously mentioned, our class novel for this half term will be Demon Dentist to link in with our Burps, Bottoms and Bile topic. Children should aim to read at home at least 3 times a week. This should be recorded on their reading home learning sheet. The children will also complete ‘Right to Read’ time every morning in class,
We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Thank you for your support.
Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.