Welcome to Year Four!

Our Class Teachers are Mrs Butler and Miss Casimo and our Assistant Teacher is Mr Myers. We are also lucky to have lots of extra support from Mrs Willis.

Our Patron Saint in Year Four is Saint Andrew. We celebrate his Feast day on November 30th. On this day the Year Four children are allowed to wear their own clothes.

Y4 Home learning for school closure (March 2020)

Dear Parents,

In your child’s work pack, there is enough work currently set for the next 2 school weeks (10 school working days). We will replenish the pack with further work if needed after this time and we will update you in the future as to how this can be done.
Some of the tasks set are paper based and some are online and may differ according to your child’s needs. Your child has all the log in details they need to access the suggested websites, these should be found in their Home Contact Book.
In addition, a ruler, a pencil and a rubber are provided.
The guidance we give is that they complete tasks for a specific amount of time per day/week. Most of these tasks can be self-marked and where possible answers are provided. Specific details of the tasks set for the 2 weeks are found on the reverse of this sheet. In general, the following is a guide
Suggested daily Timetable
9 – 9.30 PE with Joe Wicks (The body coach TV You tube)
9.30 – 10.30 1 Maths session starting with arithmetic questions
10.30 – 10.45 BREAK and SNACK
10.45 – 11.45 1 English session (60 mins to include at least 15 minutes of reading per day)
11.45 – 13 LUNCH TIME BREAK
Afternoon One 40 minute session of your choice using online resources (See list below)

Maths
• One Arithmetic task per day (complete at least up to question 10)
• Problem solving activities (at least one sheet per day)
• Maths minutes times tables sheet- At least one column per day (choose the appropriate level)

English
• Read for 15 minutes every day
• Complete one spelling/handwriting sheet per week
• Complete a reading comprehension activity per week (Here be Dragons/The Herald
• Grammar – Complete 2 pages per week
• Complete a writing activity per week – Choose from : Amazing Animals, The Dragon’s Feathers, How to look after a Dragon and Dragon News.

Fun Activities
• Wake up! School Assembly Song and Dance (YOUTUBE)
• Il coccodrillo come fa – Lo Zecchino d’Oro (You Tube)
• Easter mindfulness colouring pictures

Additional Optional Online Resources
Times Tables Rock Stars – Pupils can practice in ‘Garage Mode’ to ensure they are progressing at the right level.
Purple Mash- There are ‘2do’ tasks which cover topics in Maths, English, Science, History and Computing.
Epic Reading– Amazing website accessible for free during school hours ONLY with a wide range of books and video of different levels. The children’s password is: rwl4789
The British Council Website– aimed for our English as a foreign language children (EAL).
https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/

Please look at the Junior Chaplaincy section of our website for ideas for Lent, Holy Week and Easter (here) and at the Pupils’ Learning section “Learning at Home” for some spiritual resources for families during school closure time. (here

Best wishes,

Mrs Butler and Miss Casimo

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R.E.

R.E. is our most important subject and is at the core of our curriculum. We do 2 hours of RE every week, a child led liturgy every week and four other sessions of collective worship including Mass or celebration every Thursday. Please look at the R.E. dates to see the dates of Mass and celebration for the term.

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P.E.

This year Year 4 will be doing P.E on a Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure the correct kit is provided. Full P.E. kit includes: a white T-shirt, blue/black shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers for outdoor use.  The children that are going swimming this term will be going every Friday morning. The  children that are going swimming this term will need their swimming kit and a towel.

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Maths

In Maths we will continue to develop our understanding of numbers and our skills for calculating. This year we will have particular focus on problem solving and times tables! We need to know all of our tables up to 12×12

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Each term we prepare at least 4 pieces of assessed writing. These are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction such as stories, letters, leaflets and many more. The children have regular grammar lessons, handwriting sessions and and a weekly spelling test which takes place every Friday morning.

The children have a reading record and we ask them and parents to sign it so that we can monitor their reading. In addition we have Guided Reading in smaller groups every week and those children who require extra support have extra sessions.

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Homework

Each half term your child will receive a Homework letter with details of extra activities to further their learning. We also expect the children to read to an adult every night and practise their times tables.

Cool Time & Rotation

On Friday  afternoons we have Cool Time (Continuing Our Own Learning) and on Monday afternoons we have Rotation activities which are great fun.

Cool Time activities include Maths games and investigations, word games, extending our comprehension skills through reading and drama, learning new craft skills and developing those we already know, science investigations and extending our learning about our class topic. We are able to choose which activities we do and we really enjoy setting ourselves new challenges.

Our Rotation Topics this year are:

  • Autumn: Mapwork
  • Spring:   Ancient Rome
  • Summer: Volcanoes

In these sessions we take part in many practical activities including Arts and Crafts, Music, ICT, DT and gardening. There are often opportunities to go on a trip too.