Information for Year 4 Parents
Welcome to Year 4! The children are now maturing and will have a clear understanding of the behaviour and learning expectations at St Cross from Key Stage 1 and we will ensure that these are upheld throughout Year 4. We will be continuing our ‘cross-curricular’ approach to learning at St Cross and we have planned 5 very exciting topics that will engage them and allow them to apply newly learnt skills in different subjects.
Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times. They will not be able to share their kit with their siblings. If your child has a sports activity after school they must bring in an additional kit to wear for this. Indoor and outdoor PE kit: Navy shorts, blue T-Shirt and plimsolls, school tracksuit or navy tracksuit bottoms/school jumper and trainers – all labelled please! In Year 4, children will have PE on a Tuesday and Friday.
All homework is in line with our Whole School Homework Policy and is consistent throughout the school.
Children are free to choose any books from the book corner or library in Year 4 however we will monitor the books they choose. We would appreciate your support when guiding them towards appropriate texts for their interests and ability. They are also able to bring in a book from home if they choose. They will be expected to read for 10 - 20 minutes every night to an adult. Daily reading should be recorded in their Homework Diary and I will check these daily and give them a sticker towards their reading chart and then sign diaries once a week. As well as a daily reading book, they will also have the opportunity to choose a library book on a weekly basis. In order for your child to gain the most out of reading, ask them comprehension questions about the text they are reading, check their understanding and help them to foster a love of books.
The children will bring home 10 spellings every Monday which will be stuck in their homework books. These will sometimes follow a spelling pattern or will be taken from the required list from Year 4, sometimes topic words may also feature. They will be tested every Monday. Please ensure that the children practise their spellings throughout the week in preparation for their spelling test. We will monitor their spelling results throughout the year and re-test where necessary.
Please see the attached maths homework sheet: Bank of Home Learning Resources for Mathematics sheet.
Times Table Rockstars - 50 games a week
Your child will also be required to complete a homework project over each half term at home. They will be able to select from a number of different projects which will all relate to the topic being learnt about in school. The expectation is that they will complete at least two of the projects to a high standard of content and presentation, with some support from home. Depending on the project, it should encourage independent learning and application of lots of different skills. Please ensure the project is child led and developed over the half term. There will be a celebration of each child’s homework project at the end of each half term.
Your child will also receive RE homework twice each half term to coincide with their learning in class. Often this will involve participation of the whole family, offering their views and own experiences of religious life.