Spring 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to Year 4
Teacher – Mrs Lambert
Teaching Assistant – Mrs Burt
Please take the time to read this booklet and find out all the important information you will need to know about your child’s time in Year 4.
Your child should bring home their planner and reading book every day. You must try to listen to your child read at least twice a week and record it in their planner. If your child reads at home twice a week and it is recorded in their planner they can earn points for their homework grid.
Your child needs to bring their planner and reading book to school every day.
Your child will read with an adult each week and we will check your child’s planner regularly to see if they have been reading at home. If your child does not bring their planner at all through the week they will lose 5 minutes of their Golden Time on Fridays.
Your child will receive their new Homework Grid this week. Each week your child will have a set of spellings to learn and a times table grid. These will be given out on a Monday and need to be returned on a Friday.
If your child brings all their homework in on Fridays they will earn an Effort Star.
If your child brings no homework then they will lose 5 minutes of their Golden Time on Fridays.
The spellings and times tables will be tested on FRIDAY.
Your child will need their PE kit on Thursday and Friday. Please leave your child’s PE kit in school. Your child will need:
Named White T shirt
Named Black Shorts
Named Grey Jogging/tracksuit pants
Named Trainers/Pumps (not school shoes)
Your child will wear their school jumper/fleece for outdoor PE sessions.
It is important that your child has a complete change of clothes for PE.
Jewellery must be removed for PE. Plasters are needed for newly pierced ears.
If your child does not have their PE kit for a lesson they will have to borrow from our spare kit and will lose 5 minutes of their Golden Time on Fridays.
We will be swimming this term starting on January 9th. Swimming will be every TUESDAY and children MUST bring their kit on this day.
Each child will need a towel, a swimming costume and a bag to put them in. Boys need to have trunks, not shorts, and girls need to wear a swimming costume. Girls (and any boys with hair long enough to go in their eyes) need to wear a swimming hat as well. All jewellery must be removed – if your child cannot do this themselves then please remove at home before coming into school.
Goggles are not allowed – to ensure that children can swim without them if they should ever need to. All children must have the correct kit if they are to be allowed into the pool. Please ensure that your child brings their kit home on Tuesdays for washing as we have had a few instances of wet kit being left in lockers which gets very smelly!
What we are learning this half term
Our theme for this half term is Resourcefulness and Upcycling, Inspiration and Invention, Growth Mind set and Perseverance, we will be learning this through our text ‘Rosie Revere: Engineer.’ The children will be learning lots of interesting things about inventors from the past and present, electrical circuits, life before electricity, designing and making their own inventions. We hope to have a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry at some point in the half term. The children will be writing from different character’s perspectives, non-chronological reports and advertising posters.
In Maths, we will be following the Y4 curriculum whilst also bringing in challenges for the children to complete to show their reasoning skills.
We strongly encourage children in Year 4 to be independent. We ask that parents do not come into the corridor before school starts. The staff are very busy welcoming the children and setting them off on their learning for the day. We would rather you approached us at home time when we have more time to dedicate to your queries. If you have an urgent message, this can be taken to Mrs Holt on the Reception desk who will then pass it on to the staff.
We have 30 minutes of Golden Tine every Friday afternoon from 1.45 – 2.15pm. This is a time to reward the children who have worked hard through the week. We provide fun activities for the children to do during this time. Activities can include: Lego, board games, drawing and colouring, creative tasks, reading, toys such as cars and animals to name a few! These can change throughout the term and children are welcome to suggest activities they would like to do!
Golden Time is a privilege that is earned by working hard and being ready to learn. If a child does not have the things they need to be ready for learning, then they can lose Golden Time in blocks of 5 minutes.
No child loses all their Golden Time each week. They can lose up to 25 minutes if they do not have their reading book, PE kit or homework. This is to encourage children to be organised and have the things they need to learn.
Our regular library day will be Wednesday. Please make sure your child has their library book in school that day, or they won’t be able to change their book until the following week.
We encourage the children to choose their own books, regardless of reading ability. This may mean your child brings home a book that is too easy or too hard for them. We encourage you to share harder books with your child, and maybe they could share their easier book with a younger sibling or friend!
Every child in Year 4 has their own locker. This is the perfect place to keep school bags, coats and PE kits. Please encourage your child to look after their belongings.
Dinner Money – handed in on Mondays
PE Kit – Thursday and Friday
Swimming Kit – Tuesday
Homework given out – Monday
Homework handed in – Friday
Library book change day – Wednesday
Parent Assembly – Friday at 2.30pm
If you have any questions please feel free to ask Mrs Lambert at any home time.
Please have a look at the Parent Overview below to find what your child will be learning about this term.