Welcome back to after the Christmas break at Edward the Elder. We look forward to hearing the exciting adventures you’ve all been on, whether at home or away.
Supporting myself in Year 4 this term will be Teaching Assistants Miss Thompson, Mrs Reed and Mrs Houlston who the children all know very well.
The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 4 with lots of new learning taking place. In our Science work we will be studying ‘Sound and Electricity’. Our thematic approach to teaching through cross curricular learning, has proved to be a great success. This allows children to make connections between areas of learning, and consolidate skills. All the themes chosen deliver the programmes of study for the National Curriculum. MFL, R.E and science will be taught discreetly. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations.
Purple homework books will continue this term in order for our children to consolidate their learning. This homework book will be coming home with your child today – please look out for this! The insert to the book will provide further information and support with this.
Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. Expectations of completing a reading journal on a weekly basis will continue – please check out the new layout of these as we have amended them slightly this term, with a focus on vocabulary. Like previously, they must be handed to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, books will then be able to be changed and the process can begin again. Written responses will become ever more important this year with our minds on the reading SATs paper
Phonics continue to be ability set across KS2 and will take place twice per week. Your child may be with a different teacher for this. Children will be told their group for phonics at the beginning of next week, once settled in. Children will receive 10 spellings on a Monday, to be tested on the following Monday. Additionally, children will also receive 10 spellings from their class teacher which are related to their age, these will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
PE will take place on a Monday and a Friday, please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or navy) and black pumps. In Spring,Year 4 will receive one lesson from Soccer 2000 and one session will be dance. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) are labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of last term and we realise how expensive it is to replace when items are lost! Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days.Children may be asked to remove their earrings before a PE session.
The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office.
We look forward to working with you over the next term to ensure your children have a valuable and enjoyable term full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs K Chahal
Year 4 Teacher
Year 4 enjoying sports day!
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Dudley Canal and Tunnel trust, we were able to experience the day in the life of a child during the industrial revolution. We learnt how terribly children were treated and how they had to go to work from the age of just 5 years old. Travelling through the dark caverns we could experience the cramped and dark conditions and realise how good children have things now. A small selection of children were given the responsibility of legging the boat this allowed us to make it back to dry land. After the activity on the canal we went into the classroom and enjoyed a map and coordinate activity where as a class we found some pirate treasure. Our penultimate activity was working as a team to create our own ship which we were able to race in the mini canal. Our day ended with the opportunity to look around the gift shop and then a quiz where we could show off all the new knowledge we learnt during the day. A fantastic day had by all and a massive thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.
Over the past two weeks Year 4 have been lucky enough to take part in Bikeability in order to achieve their level 1 certificate and badge.
19 children from the year group took part and truly enjoyed the experience. They have increased their knowledge of road and bike safety whilst impressing staff with the array of fantastic bikes and helmets. Well done Year 4.
During the Autumn term and the beginning of this half term, Year 4 have been learning a variety of songs and musical terminology as well as learning how to play the violin with Wolverhampton Music School. To celebrate the end of their music lessons, they performed a short music concert showing off all their new skills. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and really loved showing their families and other children in the school their new skills. We are now looking forward to our new instrument - The Fife.
West Midlands Fire Service visited year 4 on Wednesday 1st November. The firefighters talked to the children about various hazards, causes of fire and what they should do in case of a fire. The children were shown various ways to stay safe and rules they should follow, as well as where smoke alarms should be placed in the home. Year 4 children really enjoyed learning about this, particularly the chance to practice 'STOP, DROP and ROLL' to put out a fire.