Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday filled with family, fun and festivities! Welcome back to the spring term which we are sure will be filled with lots of new and exciting learning in Year 4! Continuing to support myself in Year 4 this term will be Teaching Assistants Miss Thompson and Miss Bhella.
Phonics will continue as last term and will be ability set across Key Stage 2. This will continue to take place twice a week on Monday and Tuesday. Children will be told their new group for phonics this week. Children will receive 10 spellings on a Monday, to be tested on the following Monday. Additionally, children will also receive 10 age related spellings from myself, these will now be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
The spring term will be a busy time for learning in Year 4. In our Science work, we will be studying “States of matter”, in History we will continue to look at Anglo-Saxons then move onto Vikings. Our Geography learning will continue to concentrate on “Asia” with a focus on the physical aspects. In Art, we be looking at Clay modelling – creating a Viking bowls and DT will focus on creating a burglar alarm using our prior circuit knowledge. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations.
For more details about our learning this term, please click on the Spring Term Curriculum Overview.
During the second half of the spring term year 4 have the opportunity to take part in a Bike Ability level 1 course. Children we need their own roadworthy bikes and helmets. More details to come closer to the event.
Year 4 will now receive 2 PE sessions, one on a Monday morning with Soccer 2000 and the second will be on Wednesday with Miss Jones. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or navy) and black pumps. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was as ever a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the autumn term and we realise how expensive it is to replace when items are lost!
Purple creative homework books will continue in spring term and I am looking forward to seeing more of the children engaging with these. They allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on and it was fantastic to see this being completed so creatively. We thank you for your support regarding homework, we have received lots of positive comments.
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. 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 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. It is vital your child has their reading book in school every day!
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 a very enjoyable term full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the term, please do not hesitate to speak to me, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs L Harper
Year 4 Teacher
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.