Year 4 – ‘Washington’ and ‘Los Angeles’

Spring Term in Washington and LA

Happy New Year to everyone in Year 4!

We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break and are ready to hit the ground running in 2019! We have already had a fantastic start to the year with hard work and a super learning attitude.

Our Topics

This term our theme is Australasia. We have already had a fantastic visit from Mr Pasco who came to talk to us about New Zealand and show us objects and artifacts. We had an ‘Australasia afternoon’ where the children learned about the continent through map work, made New Zealand flags and even tasted Hokey Pokey ice cream! We are going to be continuing the study of New Zealand in particular through geography, the wildlife and creating Maori artwork.

Mathematics sessions will continue to develop the children’s number sense; applying methods independently and then focusing on measures and fractions for the first half term. We will also be focusing on deepening the understandings of mathematics through problem solving and reasoning activities. In English, we will be starting the year by writing our own leaflets about New Zealand, sharing information and using a range of non-fiction features. After this unit we will be focusing on nonsense poetry and then looking at narrative writing.

Homework

Children will continue to receive weekly homework in Year 4. This will be set on a Friday in both classes and will consist of a piece of a GPS (grammar, punctuation & spelling) dictation and a maths activity. All children will be expected to use TT Rock Stars frequently to improve recall of times tables facts and the log on information for these will be glued into homework diaries. The GPS test will occur on a Thursday and any paper maths homework will be due in on Thursdays also. Please help your child to be prepared and give them a prompt to ensure they have their Homework Diary every Thursday so we can give diaries back on a Friday with new homework.

Where possible encourage your child to read daily at home, even if it is just 5 minutes squeezed in. It doesn’t have to be their book from school, it could be a magazine, comic, annual or anything else they enjoy.  We are continuing to use Times Tables Rock Stars to support children at home with learning their tables. By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know their tables up to 12 x 12. This website is both fun and educational for the children and many have found success using it in previous years. Codes for both Mathletics and Times Tables Rock Stars will be provided if required.

Swimming & PE

This year, Year 4 have P.E on two different days and class specific days are found on dojo. Children will need to bring (or keep in school), both their indoor AND outdoor kits with them each week unless told otherwise. As a school, we are aiming to ensure that all children are dressed consistently in line with school policy and are prepared for all conditions.  Therefore, we ask that you make sure that your child has a white t-shirt, blue shorts and pumps/outdoor trainers. As specified in our transition letter, old round neck school jumpers can be used during colder conditions in addition to blue jogging bottoms. Long hair also needs to be tied back for both girls and boys.

Swimming for both classes will also be once a week and each class will let you know which day via dojo. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for ensuring they have the required kit in school. Boys should be in fitted shorts or trunks and girls a one-piece swimming costume. It is suggested that children with earrings leave them out for that day or cover with tape if they have just been pierced. Children with long hair will also require a swimming cap.

Water bottles

Children are allowed to have water bottles in class as it is good for them to keep hydrated throughout the day. However, they should only contain water: no juice please!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate in coming in to speak to us.

Many thanks,

Miss Wilcox, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Foster