Year 4

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Welcome to the Year 4 page.  This page provides you with everything you will need to know about life in Year 4. We hope you will find it useful, if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 4 team.

Year 4 is an exciting time for your children. They are now firmly embedded in the juniors!

They will all be going swimming and more will be expected from them in their homework tasks. It is vital that they know their times tables by the end of this year- so it will be a major focus. If you have any questions or concerns we are available at the end of each school day:

Classes

  • 4S  Mrs Sowerby -supported by Mrs Latter   (Teaching Assistant)
  • 4W- Miss Walters- supported by Mrs Cawfield ( Teaching Assistant)
  • 4TW- Mr Donovan, Mrs Crabb – supported by Mrs Hardwick ( Teaching Assistant)

Curriculum

At St Matthew’s School we follow the National Curriculum, which set out the standards and objectives for all subjects taught. The key areas of the curriculum are: English, Maths, Science, PE, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art and Design, Music, and PSHCE. Please refer to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study to see what your child will be learning in Year 4 and also our Curriculum area.

Our learning journey

This year, we will be exploring key texts in our learning journeys. Our learning journeys are planned and delivered to provide purposeful links and meaningful activities between subjects which develop children’s learning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading (minimum 20 mins) Reading (minimum 20 mins) Reading (minimum 20 mins) Reading (minimum 20 mins) Reading (minimum 20 mins)
Schofield and Sims A Spellings and spelling strategies Schofield and Sims B Spellings and spelling strategies Schofield and Sims C
Mathletics set for the week (Mathlete of the week chosen the following Thursday)

Home learning

Children will be expected to complete set home learning every week. Home learning will be related to teaching and learning in Maths and Literacy that is taking place in the classroom. Please support your child with the set tasks.

Mathletics homework will be set by the class teacher on Fridays and returned by children the following Thursday. If children do not complete their work on time they will have to do their homework at lunchtime.

Each week one page from their maths book – Schofield and Simms will be set. Section A to be done on Monday night, B on Tuesday and C on Friday night. These are marked in small groups with the teacher the next day.

Reading is an essential part of home learning and children are expected to read regularly with an adult. This reading needs to be noted in their reading record and if this is done 4 times or more a week then children in Year 4 will receive a Green Card. Spellings are practised on Tuesday and Thursday.

If your child does not have regular access to the internet (at home or the library) then they will need to attend Homework Club. More information can be obtained at the School Office.

PE and Swimming

Children have outdoor or indoor PE sessions every week therefore it is important that the correct PE kit is in school. PE kit should remain in school during the school week. If children do not have their PE kit they will not achieve a ‘Good Day’ reward which helps them work towards a Green Card. Swimming takes place on a Monday and all children in year 4 will have the opportunity to go swimming this year.

PE Kit: T-shirt in house colour, jogging bottoms/ or shorts, socks and plimsolls/ or trainers.

PE Kit and school uniform should all be labelled clearly.

What should your child bring with them to school every day?

Every child should have the following labelled equipment at school:

  • Water bottle
  • Fruit snack
  • Reading diary and book

School day

The school day starts at 8.55am. Children need to be dropped off in the playground by this time. Year 4 teachers are available on the playground before the start of School on Wednesday mornings and will supervise collection at the end of the School day. If you need to speak to a class teacher then please arrange a meeting with them after school. Teachers can also be contacted via the School Office. School finishes at 3.15pm.

Playtimes

Children have two playtimes daily; one in the morning and another at lunchtime. Children need to bring in a fruit snack for morning play.

Lunch

Lunch time for Year Four is from 12.20pm-1.25pm. Children can choose to have a school dinner or to bring in a packed lunch. The lunch register is taken every morning and children are asked to state their preference. If your child is bringing in a packed lunch then their box needs to be clearly labelled with name and class.

Rewards

Every week the Year 4 class teachers will pick a star of the week that will be presented with a certificate in Celebration Assembly on Friday morning. This reward could be earned as a result of children having worked hard throughout the week in terms of their learning and behaviour.

Another reward system that will be being used is the Green Card system. Green Cards can be earned for an outstanding piece of work, helping around the school, consistent good behaviour and caring for others.

Dojo points are also awarded to children throughout the day when they have displayed a good work ethic and demonstrated one or more of the school’s values of honesty, respect, kindness and responsibility.

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