Welcome to Year 4 (St. Paul)
We are looking forward to working with your children and enabling them to succeed to the best of their abilities (with your help also!) Please read the following carefully as it will give you all the information you need.
Our topics and areas of learning for this term are:
- R.E. - Homes, Promises, Judaism and Visitors
- Literacy -
- Firework Maker’s Daughter – Instructions, Diary entry, Description, Play script
- Ruckus – Persuasive writing, Recount, Newspaper report
- Home Sweet Home – Chronological report, Play script, Narrative
- How to Train Your Dragon – Instructions, Non chronological Report, poetry
- Numeracy -
- Problems involving money
- Reading and understand word problems
- Fluency in methods
- Fractions & Decimals
- Properties of shape
- Solving time problems
- Topic – Roman Britain, Water Cycle
- Science – States, Teeth and Eating
- Computing – Spreadsheets and Writing for Different Audiences
Homework will be set every Friday and completed homework is due back the following Wednesday. Children will be given a piece of Literacy and a piece of Numeracy to complete. Please encourage your child to work independently. If they need a significant amount of help, please let us know so we can provide further support for your child. They will only receive work they have covered in class. If your child also has a homework pack, this must be completed every day.
Please encourage your child to use Times Tables Rockstars and Abacus internet sites. Links for these are under the Children & Nursery section of the school website: www.stmarymagdalenemk.co.uk
Learning logs will be sent home every half term. This is done in place of the normal, weekly homework and should be 2 pages long.
Children will work on their spellings in school. Words will be taken from the ‘Get Spelling’ scheme and from their work books. Word lists for Year 3 and 4 can be found in the spelling log book. Please ask your child about their spellings and encourage them to practise at home.
Please practise your child’s times tables with them every day. By the end of year 4, children should be able to speed recall all the times tables to 12. Children should know how to use times tables facts to find corresponding division facts. Children also need to feel confident in their number bonds to 10,20 and then to 100.
Home Reading Books
Your child should be reading every day. This will develop both their reading and writing skills. Each child is expected to take reading books home and they must be kept in good condition. Pupils have a Reading Record. Parents and carers are expected to sign this and make a comment.
Please ensure that you support your child with their homework by:
- Hearing them read daily and signing their record
- Testing them on their spelling words before Friday's test
- Testing them on their times tables
- Using the local library or the internet to support your child with their learning
Every Monday your child will have an opportunity to choose a book from the school library. Please ensure this book is looked after and returned to the school library when finished. Lost books will be charged for at £5 per book.
P.E. takes place once a week, run by our sports coach. This will be on a Wednesday afternoon. Children need to come to school in their full school P.E. kit, which includes navy blue shorts, white t-shirt and plimsolls/trainers. A sweatshirt and jogging bottoms are also needed in cold weather however school jumpers should be worn through the day. All kits need to be fully labelled with your child's name and year group.
Hopefully, there will be an opportunity for swimming. All children will attend the first session and then those not able to swim 25 meters will be selected for lessons. Details of this will be sent out at a later date.
Please make sure your child attends school regularly and on time every day. Year 4 pupils are to come straight to class when they arrive to complete their morning work. Any child not collected by 3:10 pm will be taken to the after school club and you will be charged.
After school curriculum clubs end each day at 4.00 pm, children must be collected promptly from the front of the school. Any child not collected by 4.10 pm will be put in our after school club at a cost.
If you have any concerns about your child, that you would like to discuss, please feel free to set a date and time to discuss this with me.
With kind regards