Welcome to Year 4!

It’s so lovely to welcome the Year 3 children up to Year 4 this September, looking so much bigger and more grown up over the Summer! We’re also welcoming some new children to our class. How exciting!

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 eg.The Journal of Iliona, by Richard Platt, The Story of Romulus and Remus and other Roman myths and legends.

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 continue to practise our multiplication tables, understand and measure perimeter, looking at place value of numbers up to 10,000 and then moving onto addition and subtraction and multiplication and division of 3 and even 4 digit numbers. Helping your child learn their multiplication tables will really help them with maths in Year 4.

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

Year 4 love Circle Times where we learn to listen respectfully to one another, take turns and get to know and understand each other better. This creates a happier class who learn more and enjoy their learning too! We do a circle time at least once a week.

Please can you send your child in this week with a PE kit to stay in school until October half term, when we’ll send it home with your child to be washed.

Our school PE kit is:

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.

Reading books:

A teacher or teaching assistant will listen to your child’s reading at least 3 times a week. Please can you listen to your child read to you at home as often as possible (ideally for 5 minutes every day) and then write a comment in their reading record books. Please can reading books come into school every day so children can regularly read and change their books. this really helps their reading progress quickly!

Jewellery:

Please note, only stud earrings and a watch are allowed in school. No rings, dangly earrings, necklaces or bracelets. We appreciate your child may want to wear them, but it is for health and safety reasons. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.

The Year 4 team,

Ms Ogunyemi, Mrs Ahmed, Mrs Yang and Ms Jolleys