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.
- 4CD- Mrs Claro (Mon-Wed) supported by Mr Lambert and Mrs Huskisson (Teaching Assistants) & Mrs Davies (Thurs-Fri)- supported by Mrs Hardwick ( Teaching Assistant)
- 4D- Mr Donovan – supported by Mrs White (Teaching Assistant)
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.
We are a Power of Reading school and base our learning around a key text. We base our other curriculum subjects from this key text so that there are purposeful links and meaningful activities between subjects which develop children’s learning.
Children will be encouraged to read a wide range of books and all children will have the chance to visit the library to select books to read and enjoy. The children will take a STAR reading test to establish their reading ability and then will be guided towards choosing books within their ZPD range.
We follow the Maths no Problem programme, which builds children’s skills in mathematics and extends their learning by providing challenging questions. It is vitally important that the children in year 4 know their tables and we will expect the children to practise their tables knowledge regularly.
Children will be expected to complete set homework every week. A times tables Schofield and Simms book will be given to every child and they will be expected to complete the three sections during the week. They will also learn 5 spellings each week and be expected to read for at least 15 minutes daily. In addition an enrichment letter will be sent home each term with a list of optional activities the children can do termly linked to their class learning.
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. Spellings will be given and children will use various strategies to learn these key spellings.
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
The school day starts at 8.50am. 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.
Children have two playtimes daily; one in the morning and another at lunchtime. Children may bring in a fruit snack for morning play.
Lunch time for Year Four is from 12.20pm-1.20pm. 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.
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.