Year 4 2018 to 2019
Welcome to Year 4! Teacher: Miss Appleyard TA: Mrs Wilkinson
Autumn 1 Newsletter:
Welcome back to Barnburgh and welcome to Year 4. I hope you have all had a lovely summer! Year 4 is a fantastic year with some great topics that the children will really become engaged in. Our first topic for the whole of the autumn term will be ‘Burps, Bottoms & Bile’; looking at teeth and the digestive system. There are some fantastic lessons within this topic, jam packed with great science aspects! Our class novel, which links brilliantly with this topic, will be Demon Dentist by David Walliams.
Within year 4, we will be continuing to encourage the children to develop on their skills from year 3, such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term, the children will be writing their own biography about David Walliams, to link with our class text and a persuasive leaflet on how best to look after your teeth and the reasons why this important. In maths, the focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction. Reading will see children continue to build on their current skills, as well as developing their understanding by working on the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in guided reading. I’m sure this will only help to build the children’s love of reading! .
Friday afternoons will be the children’s weekly double PE session, so please ensure PE kits are in school each week for this. They will also continue to complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits could be sent into school on a Monday for the full week where possible, just in case.
Homework will go home every Friday and should be returned on the following Wednesday. The children will have a spelling test every Thursday, after they have had the time to practise them as homework.
Please can I ask for your continued support with ensuring that homework and reading is
completed as asked each week, as this is compulsory. The reading record sheet will go home each week for you to note down when your child is reading to an adult at home.
We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading, the children can still 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 text for this half term is Demon Dentist. Children should aim to read at home at least 3 times a week and we will be introducing new rewards for those who achieve this each week. Please try to do this as a minimum where possible. This should be recorded on their reading home learning sheet and returned to school by the Wednesday homework deadline.
The children will also still complete ‘Right to Read’ time every morning in class.
I look forward to working with you and your child this year and thank you in advance for your support.
Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.
We are super proud that we have won the attendance award for the first week and a half back at school. Not only did we win, but we got 100%!