Year 4 team
Class teachers - Miss Claire Cookson in Dhaka class and Miss Claire Stanley in New Delhi class
LSAs /1:1 - Mrs Bianca Young, Mrs Lindsey Graves, Mrs Val Wright and Mrs Julie Lee
September 2019 Welcome letter
Welcome back. We hope that you have had a lovely summer break and are ready for the year ahead. We have lots of new topics, exciting trips and activities to look forward to. This is an important year in terms of developing independence in learning in preparation for Year 5 and 6. We would very much hope that you support your child on this important part of their learning journey.
Our first topic, ‘Saving the World’, focuses on rainforests and their importance. We will finding out about where in the world rainforests are located, how plants and animals are adapted to live there and some of the challenges that the rainforest are facing such as deforestation, climate etc.
Please remember to check these daily for communications and sign weekly ready for the following Monday. We strongly recommend that you continue to read with your child daily and encourage the child to record this in the home section as we are now focusing on independence in learning in preparation for Year 5 and 6.
This will be sent home with your child on Fridays and will be due in the following Wednesday. It is expected that all children will complete and hand in their homework on time.
Spellings and Times-tables
Your child will begin to bring home weekly spellings. They need to practise these daily in preparation for a test on Friday which will be marked in class with results going into Home/School diaries.
A national Year 4 times-table test has been introduced for summer 2020. It is expected that Year 4 children will know up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. We will be doing lots of work on these in class and ask that you practice regularly at home to support your child with their learning. There will be a meeting nearer the time to go through the finer details of this test with you.
Following on from Year 3 children will be continuing with Accelerated Reader. They will initially sit a Star Reader test in the first couple of weeks of term to provide an up-to-date reading age and level. These will be shared in the Home/School diaries. It is expected that your child will read and take the Accelerated Reading quizzes regularly. Scores will be recorded in Home/School diaries.
Parents are welcome to come in to class with their child to enjoy time reading together. This will begin on Tuesday 10th September 08:40-09:00.
Outdoor Games: This will be on Thursdays – please ensure your child has outdoor kit including trainers.
Indoor PE: This will be on Mondays for Miss Stanley’s class and Wednesdays for Miss Cookson’s class – your child will need black shorts, a white T-shirt (plain or with school emblem) and plimsolls or lightweight trainers. It would be appreciated if the PE kits could be washed regularly.
Forest School: This will be on Wednesdays – your child will need a raincoat, waterproof trousers and wellington boots as we will be out regardless of the weather. It is strongly recommended that your child’s kit remains in school.
Please ensure all clothing and footwear for PE and Forest School is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
If you have any concerns please contact us sooner rather than later. All email addresses are in the Home/School diary. We are available most days after school, please email for a mutually convenient time if you’d like to meet in person.
The Year 4 Team