Year 4 2021 - 2022

Mrs Baker

Mrs Keating

Welcome to Year 4

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a wonderful Summer and have been able to spend some quality time with family and friends. I am so excited to welcome you to a new school year and cannot wait to begin working with your lovely children and helping them to grow and flourish during the school year.

Our Curriculum

This term, our history focus will be the Romans. This is always hugely popular with the children (and staff!) We will be learning about the spread of the Roman Empire, the Roman invasion and its impact on Britain and the defeat against the Celts. We will learn about what life was like as a Roman soldier on Hadrian’s wall and I hope to plan a visit to Chester in the coming weeks to further deepen your child’s knowledge.

Our geography topic for the second part of the autumn term is ‘Volcanoes and Earthquakes.’ In this unit children will explore the dynamism of the earth, learning about its structure, looking particularly at the causes and distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes and their effects on landscape and people. They will be introduced to the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, the most active region on earth, and consider why people choose to live on the flanks of volcanoes and in earthquake zones when both can be life-threatening. They will learn that volcanoes have existed throughout geological time, and that there are several different types. For our ‘Big Finish’, the children will make their own erupting volcano!

We will also be continuing our spiritual journey through a focus on bible scripture and an exploration of our trust in God. This is always a wonderful unit with which to start off the year.

In science, we will be learning about states of matter, followed by sound after half-term. We will, of course, be conducting lots of fun investigations and learning about the practical, real-world applications of the theories that we study.

Our English work will be inspired by the stories of Romulus and Remus, Escape from Pompeii and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar where will be writing within a range of genres including poetry, narrative, recounts, speeches, setting descriptions and non-chronological reports. In maths, we will be improving our knowledge and skills across a range of areas within the Power Maths scheme, including: the four operations, place value and perimeter. Problem solving and reasoning skills will form an important part of each unit.

In computing, we will begin with online safety. We have a ‘worry box’ in class regarding online safety, where children can jot down thoughts, worries and questions which can then be addressed in a sensitive manner during computing lessons. Following online safety, we will move onto coding and spreadsheets.

In the first part of the Autumn term, we will be improving our art and design skills across a range of areas. In the second half of this term, we will look at structures within D&T.

In Music, we will be listening and responding to a range of Folk Music and having a go at composing some of our own too. Children will also have German lessons once a week on a Friday conducted by a specialist teacher.

Reading

The greatest way to support your child with their learning at home, is to read with them as often as possible – we recommend daily. Please can this be recorded in your child’s reading diary which we would like to be brought into school each day. Once your child has read their books, they may change them themselves in school.

Homework

Spellings: Spellings will be set on a Tuesday of each week and will be added to the Year 4 homework page on the St Gabriel’s school website. Most children will be expected to learn and practise 15 spellings each week; 10 of these will follow a particular spelling rule, 5 will be useful words from other areas of the curriculum. Some children will be learning less spellings-I will let you know if your child will need to do this.

Purple Mash: Homework tasks will be set on purple mash each week for your child to complete. These tasks will also be set on a Tuesday and will need to be completed by the following Tuesday. The tasks will be listed on the Year 4 homework page.

Times Tables

In the summer term, Year 4 children are required by the government to complete a Times Tables Check. This is an online program where children answer 25 multiplication only times-tables questions inputting their answers using an onscreen keyboard. Each question has an answer time of 6 seconds. There are numerous ways to help your child become more confident and fluent in their time-tables. Regular practise on TTRockstars will help to build confidence in a fun and engaging way. The ‘Soundcheck’ area was designed to emulate the conditions of the formal test and will familiarise your child with the format. The following website is also fantastic and replicates the actual test. We will use this in school, but you can also access it from home:

https://talkingtimestables.uk/y4_ks2_mtc_practice_tests_multiplication_tables_check.php

Other ways to practise include chants and songs (we will be learning lots in class!), the website ‘Hit the Button’ and additional books and activities which can be found online such as dot to dots or colour by numbers. Any questions or concerns regarding your child and this test, please do get in touch.

Photos

Thank you so much to the parents who have sent photos across which reflect your child’s personality and say a bit about them. Please could I encourage those parents who have not yet done this to do so, so that we can print the photos and stick them on the door to our classroom.

Please send photos to : skeating@stgabriels.cheshire.sch.uk

PE

During the Autumn term, PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon. Please note that as the weather gets colder they will need to wear a navy or black jumper and navy or black joggers (or leggings). While the weather is as warm as it is currently, a hat and a good application of sun cream is also recommended.

Belongings

Each day, your child will need to bring their water bottle into school – this will be sent home each day to be cleaned and refilled. The school canteen will be providing snacks at playtimes.

Please also ensure that your child brings their coat into school with them. I am hoping that the weather will provide ample opportunities for fine weather outdoor learning, however, we wish to be prepared to venture outside as much as possible regardless!

As always, if all belongings are clearly named it would greatly assist us in school.

Behaviour

We will be continuing to use our 'Good to be Green' behaviour system throughout Year 4. In Year 4, we do have very high expectations of behaviour and I do believe in a fair, firm and consistent approach. What matters to me most is that your children reach their full potential and try their absolute best in all they do. A really positive and happy atmosphere will be created, where children follow our school/class rules. Great behaviour is always celebrated on a Friday when children receive 'Golden Play'. Any questions about our Behaviour system, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Finally…

Class Dojo

Class Dojo will be used regularly to aid communication between home and school. Using this website, we are able to share photos and information about your child’s learning and experiences in school, share relevant information about day-to-day school activities, send and receive messages, and also award points for exceptional behaviour. I really hope that you continue to find this a useful tool in feeling continually engaged in the school community and also part of your child’s learning journey.

If you are having difficulties accessing Dojo, please get in touch and I will do my best to help!

I would like to again welcome you and your child to Year 4!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many thanks,

Mrs Keating

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St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Well Lane, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 2PG