Year 4


Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new term! I hope you had a restful Easter holiday and enjoyed the time spent with friends and family. 

We at Trent recognise that your children’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team, so thank you in advance for your support.  This letter is for your information, outlining the learning taking place in Year 4 this term. This term we will be covering the following:

Subject / Area

Learning intentions

How you can help

Cross Curricular Topic

History, Geography, Art, ICT, Literacy, Science, D&T and PSHE. 

Our Creative Curriculum Topic for the first half of the Spring Term will be Playlist!

 It is a music based topic with links making instruments in D&T, music inspired art, making digital recordings in computing and the study of the music of the 20th Century.

 

Children should be able to carry out individual research and project work to develop understanding in areas of interest to them.

Use of reference books and appropriate internet sites are encouraged.

www.bbc.co.uk/education is a good starting point for topic learning.

 

Literacy

Throughout the term we will be using high quality texts, as recommended by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, to inspire the children in developing their writing skills. To link with our Spring Term topics we will explore poetry based on musical influences, creating silent movies and information leaflets..

We will continue to practise SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) skills in every English lesson. We will be focusing on prefixes, sentence construction and punctuation.

Please discuss the learning from the current topic with your child, ask them what their writing targets are. 

Encourage use of a dictionary during home learning.

Please support your child in completing their reading journals and by signing off their reading challenges for books read at home. Try to ensure that your child maintains their reading habit (at least 20 minutes every day is advisable for this age group).

Please support your child with any SPaG related home learning.

Maths

Maths will continue to follow the New National Curriculum objectives for Year 4, as well as working through investigations and mathematical puzzles, linked to our topics. There will be a strong focus on number, data handling and problem solving this term, with children receiving regular opportunities to practice and develop their understanding of place value, multiplication and division.

 

Please try to make sure your child knows their multiplication tables and support them with their home learning if needed.

Please make use of every opportunity to help your child tell the time, with a focus on using ‘past’ and ‘to’ the hour.

R.E.

We will be continuing to follow the scheme of work from the London Diocesan Board for Schools. The main concepts are around loneliness, hope, love and purpose, with an emphasis on learning from the Christian faith. We shall also be exploring the use of symbolism in Christian and other religions.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

P.E.

This term, Non Stop Action will be focusing on athletics to get the children prepared for Sports Day.  The children will be practicing their skills through a variety of events.  

Please support your child to become independent in remembering their P.E. kit. Gymnastics  is every Monday and outdoor PE sessions are every Tuesday.

Music

This term, we will be focusing on practicing for the upcoming singing festival.
You can support your child by encouraging them to practise. Further information will be sent home with your child to give more specific information about exactly what to practise.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

French

The children will receive a specialist French lesson each week. They will be revising and adding to their vocabulary including links to the Creative Curriculum topic.  This term the children will be learning about counting and time.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

P.E.

Year 4 will have outdoor P.E. on Tuesday  and gym on a Monday. Please ensure they have full P.E kit with them, including trainers, plimsolls and suitable outdoor attire.

Home Learning

Home learning will be set on a Friday and will alternate between a main focus of Maths or English. There will be a termly Topic project, as we did in the autumn terms, where we will suggest activities to complete (only one needs to be completed). Spelling activities may also be included. Home Learning is due in on a Wednesday.  Please encourage your child to get into the routine of returning home learning on time as this will help encourage positive work habits and independence. Could you ensure your child’s home learning is checked and signed before it is returned.

Reading

Your child will continue to benefit from group and guided reading at school. Please make sure your child reads every night. Currently your child has a reading journal which should be signed each day by an adult at home. Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish.

Equipment

Thank you to all who have organised the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need this term, each item within these need to be labeled with your child’s name. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your Year 4 child will need are: a clear pencil case, a pencil, a royal blue writing pen, (no biros please) a ruler, a sharpener, a rubber, a glue stick, and a whiteboard pen.  

Behaviour Policy

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 4 we will be encouraging and recognising positive behavior by rewarding children who do well in a variety of ways.

Important Dates for your Diary

 There will be a Cuffley Camp Information meeting this term, date to be confirmed.

We really look forward to working with you again this term.

With Best Wishes,

 Mr Mckillop and Mrs O’Boyle

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