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 I will ensure that these are upheld throughout Year 4. We will be continuing our ‘cross-curricular’ approach to learning at St Cross and I have planned 5 very exciting topics that will engage them and allow them to apply newly learnt skills in different subjects. Please make sure ALL of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled.
Please make sure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit on their PE day. 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/trainers, school tracksuit or navy tracksuit bottoms/school jumper and trainers – all labelled please! In Year 4, children will have PE on a Wednesday and on the other days of the week we will do the daily mile in place of our second PE lesson. This will be reviewed at the start of the spring term. Please also ensure your child has an additional pair of trainers/plimsolls at school every day to allow them onto the meadow.
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. In addition to their home reading, the children will have an adult listen to them read on a regular basis during the school day. 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. We have completed the Year 3 spelling scheme and have progressed onto the Year 4 scheme however, there will be occasions where Year 3 spellings form part of the scheme to ensure these rules are not forgotten. 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. In addition to this, the children are expected to play Times Table Rock Stars (50 games per week) on a regular basis to ensure they are becoming fluent in their ability to recall the facts with ease and speed. They will also be given a specific times table to learn which will be tested each week (on a Monday and Friday) for 3 consecutive tests. Only once they are able to successfully answer the questions accurately and within the given times frame (6 seconds per question) they will then move onto another times table. Please support your child by practising their given times table with them each night.
Your child will also be required to complete a homework task due in on set dates. They will be able to choose one of two options to complete. The expectation is that this homework is due in on set dates and should be completed to a high standard. To help your child succeed, please assist them where necessary and encourage them to complete the task on time. The homework tasks all relate to the topic being learnt about in school. 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 time given. RE homework will often require the involvement of the whole family, offering their views and own experiences of religious life. There will be a celebration of each child’s homework project at the end of each half term.
I hope you find the information in this document useful to help you support your child at home this coming year. Miss Wilson, Year 4 Teacher. Mrs McIntyre, Teaching Assistant.