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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4. I hope you’re all looking forward to it as much as I am.

Place value dominates Maths for the first half of the term when we will be using numbers in the thousands.  Following that we will then use our knowledge of these larger numbers in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is particularly important that the children are fluent with their times tables by the end of Year 4 and we will be spending a lot of time on these. Just 5 minutes a day practicing these with your child will make an incredible amount of difference to their proficiency – and that will have a huge knock-on effect on their enjoyment of maths.

In English we’ll start with a short blast of nonsense poetry before investigating instruction writing followed by some story writing.  If we’re lucky, we may even get to write a letter to Santa in December !  Make sure you’re not on the naughty list.

PE this term will focus on hockey and gymnastics.  Please remember that your child requires both plimsolls and trainers in school for PE.  It is a requirement that earrings are removed (it would be helpful if you could do this prior to sending your child to school) and that long hair is be tied up.  Year 4 PE will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

We have a class reading book this term which is Philip Pullman’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter.  Every child will have their own copy of this novel which we shall be reading together in class and using as the foundation for our reading comprehension work.

The themes for our religious study will be Creation and Incarnation.

We will be studying Sound in Science during the first half term and Electricity in the second.

In ICT we will be learning how to stay safe online and will be using the Word and Publisher programmes.

We will be learning some basic French grammar and vocabulary. Don’t be alarmed if your children ask for un veste du pommes de terre avec fromage for dinner.

Spelling and times table test will continue to be held on Fridays.  If you can help your child with these I – and they - would appreciate that, as you will be making a significant contribution to their progress.  Regularly listening to your child read a variety of books, magazines and online articles is also vital to their continued development. Remember the All Saints Reading Challenge continues and all of the reading they do at home can be logged in their reading journals and counts towards the gaining of certificates.

Thank you,

Mr Hawthorne.