Dear Parents, Carers and Families,

We would like to first say a big ‘welcome back’ after what we hope has been an enjoyable, but relaxing summer holiday. Firstly, we would like to introduce ourselves. I am the Year 4 class teacher Miss McGrath and Mrs Akhtar 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 which we’re sure the children will love learning about and will hopefully involve a trip to the ancient Roman site of DEWA in Chester. More details coming soon! 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 has the opportunity to change their reading books several times across the week. Please encourage them to place their books in the green book box in the classroom, every morning. This is to give the opportunity to read to Mrs Akhtar during the day. Books can then me collected from the box at the end of the day to read at home. The children are independently changing their own reading and library book and are encouraged to read a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction.

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 2019 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 timestables.co.uk. I will provide each child with a login to monitor their progress.

We’ll continue with our weekly PE sessions with Ronaldo, from MCFC, on Wednesdays as well as our weekly swimming lessons at Broughton Swimming Baths.

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, hat (which can be purchased from the swimming baths for £1) and a towel.

Boys: tight-fitting swim trunks (not shorts) and a towel.

Homework:

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 Mrs Akhtar – Year 4 team