Dear Parents, Carers and Families,
We would like to first say a big ‘welcome back’ after what has been a very unusual and different end to the last school year. We do hope that you managed to get a rest and relax a little over the Summer holiday and are ready and raring to go for the next school year. Firstly, we would like to introduce ourselves. I am the Year 4 class teacher Miss McGrath and Miss Shields is the class-teaching assistant. We are very excited to be teaching your child over the next academic year and hope to make learning engaging and interesting for all.
This Autumn term we’re starting our topic on The Ancient Romans. This is such an exciting and interesting topic that we’re sure the children will love learning about and will hopefully, if social distancing rules change, will involve a trip to the ancient Roman site of DEWA in Chester. We will update you on the status of trips as the Autumn term progresses! We’ll learn all about the Roman Empire, how the Romans lived, what they ate and what life was like as a Roman soldier. We might even try our hand at some Roman pottery.
We’ll do lots of reading and writing about texts set in ancient Rome, in Literacy e.g. Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit, The Story of Romulus and Remus and other Roman myths and legends.
In our reading lessons, we will be reading a variety of text types and books by a variety of authors. Fluency and comprehension is very important and this is something which can be helped by 10 minutes reading at home every day. Your child will have their reading books changed once a week. However, the class teacher will do this. Please encourage your children to place their books in the green book box in the classroom, on a Monday morning so that a staff member can change it.
This is to give the opportunity to read to Miss Shields during the week. Books can then me collected from the box at the end of the day to read at home.
We’ll be learning about Electricity and circuits and conductors, in Science including how to keep safe around electricity and how to build a circuit to make a bulb light up! After half term we’ll be moving onto looking at States of Matter and which materials are liquids, solids and gasses and how materials can change between these different states.
In Maths we’ll recap place value from Year 3 and then move onto larger numbers up to 10,000. We will also continue to practise our multiplication tables, understand and measure perimeter, and then move onto addition and subtraction and multiplication and division of 3 and even 4 digit numbers. As from September 2020, it will be compulsory for your child, in year 4 to take a multiplication assessment. Therefore helping your child to learn their multiplication tables will really help them with this. There is a useful website that can be accessed at home called ttrockstars.com. Your children should know their password but I will provide each child with their login again, in case it has been forgotten.
We’ll continue with our weekly PE sessions, this will be with the Basketball coach, Dean on a Thursday afternoon as well as our weekly swimming lessons at Broughton Swimming Baths. Swimming will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and will start on the 16th of September 2020.
Our school PE kit is:
A white t-shirt and dark coloured shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers or pumps. Can we ask for no cropped T-shirts or bright coloured PE kits and no jewellery, please.
Year 4 swimming kit is:
Girls: a swimming costume, a swimming cap (which can be purchased from the swimming baths for £1) and a towel.
Boys: tight-fitting swim trunks (not shorts), a swimming cap and a towel.
If you would prefer to buy your swimming cap before swimming, this can bought from Sports Direct at Manchester Fort or ordered online here: https://www.sportsdirect.com/SearchResults?DescriptionFilter=Swimming%20cap
In Year 4 we will send your child home with a list of spellings each Friday, for them to learn for a small test the following Friday. We will also send home a ‘Homework Menu’ each half term, which is a list of activities related to our learning in class. Your child may choose some or all of these activities to complete at home then bring into class. They will also get a piece of homework each week which will have a maths or literacy focus. This will need to be completed and returned the following Friday to be checked.
If you’d like to talk to any of the Year 4 team, please look out for us in the playground before and after school. We are always happy to speak to you about any concerns you may have.
We’re looking forward to a fantastic year with your children.
Thank you all for your support.
Miss McGrath and Miss Shields – Year 4 team