Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder. We’d like to wish you all a very warm welcome to Year 4 and hope you’ve had a great summer break. We look forward to hearing the exciting adventures you’ve all been on, whether at home or away.

Supporting myself in Year 4 this year will be Teaching Assistants Miss Thompson and Miss Bhella, who the children all know very well.  

The autumn 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 Geography learning will concentrate on “Asia” and our DT planning will focus on “Healthy Eating”. History is taught chronologically so we will be learning about Anglo Saxons which will link nicely to Anglo Saxon painting in Art. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations.

For more details of our learning this term, click on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.

Purple homework books will continue this year in order for our children to consolidate their learning. This homework book will be coming home with your child next week – 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. Like last year, 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 then be repeated. Written responses will become ever more important this year as they continue to make progress. To raise the profile of reading, on the completion of effective journals, children will fill a tally chart in class. Certificates will be awarded: BRONZE: 5; SILVER: 10; GOLD: 15; COMMENDED: 20; SUPER: 25; AMAZING: 30; OUTSTANDING: 35.

Phonics will 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 Wednesday, 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 Autumn 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 the summer 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 earrings before PE sessions.

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 year to ensure your children have a valuable and enjoyable year 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 L Harper  


January 2018

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.

November 2017

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.