Welcome back! We hope that you have all had a very enjoyable summer break, and that you are excited to start a brand new year of learning.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 4 with lots of new learning taking place. We are continuing with our Thematic Topic lessons across the school, and our first Year 4 theme is “Fanta Sea World”. We look forward to exploring this using our history and geography skills as well as our computing and creative skills to solve challenges and explore this theme. In our Science work, we will be exploring States of Matter before moving on to learn about Animals including Humans. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations. Times tables are an area requiring continuing improvement, please encourage your child to learn and revisit times tables they are struggling with as this knowledge aids so much of their learning in maths. There will be a strong emphasis on learning and recalling times tables up to 12 x 12 as children in Year 4 will be taking take part in the National Multiplication Test later on in the year. More information will be provided nearer the time.
Phonics learning will take place within class bubbles, for the time being, and tailored to meet your child’s needs. Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school and in addition to this, children will be required to complete a new style reading journal activity. This term the focus will be inference. We will work on these for a couple of weeks in school before they come home, in order to increase confidence in completing these tasks. When the journals come home they will need completing weekly and handing to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, the children will then be able to change their book and begin the process again. On the completion of 5 effective journals a certificate will be awarded. Please return any school reading or library books as soon as possible that your child would have received prior to our school closure.
Children need to keep a P.E kit in school, but generally children in Year 4 will have P.E on a Wednesday and a Friday, can you please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. PE kit should consist of a plain white t-shirt, plain shorts and a pair of pumps. It would also be appreciated if all uniform, including PE kit and pumps, are labelled with your child’s full name and class.
Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
Children in Year 4 receive regular homework: purple creative homework books will be continued and age related spellings will be given out each Friday and tested on the following Friday, while phonics spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested on the following Monday.
A reminder that year 4’s start time remains 8.45am and children should enter via the main gate, with their collection time being 3.15pm from our classroom door.
A further reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.
We anticipate a busy and exciting term and we thank you for your continued support. We will, as always, keep you updated with any changes but if you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to me, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress.
Mrs B Turner
Year 4 enjoying sports day!
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Dudley Canal and Tunnel trust, we were able to experience the day in the life of a child during the industrial revolution. We learnt how terribly children were treated and how they had to go to work from the age of just 5 years old. Travelling through the dark caverns we could experience the cramped and dark conditions and realise how good children have things now. A small selection of children were given the responsibility of legging the boat this allowed us to make it back to dry land. After the activity on the canal we went into the classroom and enjoyed a map and coordinate activity where as a class we found some pirate treasure. Our penultimate activity was working as a team to create our own ship which we were able to race in the mini canal. Our day ended with the opportunity to look around the gift shop and then a quiz where we could show off all the new knowledge we learnt during the day. A fantastic day had by all and a massive thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.
Over the past two weeks Year 4 have been lucky enough to take part in Bikeability in order to achieve their level 1 certificate and badge.
19 children from the year group took part and truly enjoyed the experience. They have increased their knowledge of road and bike safety whilst impressing staff with the array of fantastic bikes and helmets. Well done Year 4.
During the Autumn term and the beginning of this half term, Year 4 have been learning a variety of songs and musical terminology as well as learning how to play the violin with Wolverhampton Music School. To celebrate the end of their music lessons, they performed a short music concert showing off all their new skills. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and really loved showing their families and other children in the school their new skills. We are now looking forward to our new instrument - The Fife.
West Midlands Fire Service visited year 4 on Wednesday 1st November. The firefighters talked to the children about various hazards, causes of fire and what they should do in case of a fire. The children were shown various ways to stay safe and rules they should follow, as well as where smoke alarms should be placed in the home. Year 4 children really enjoyed learning about this, particularly the chance to practice 'STOP, DROP and ROLL' to put out a fire.