Welcome to Year 4

Our Gospel Value

Our class Gospel value is Faith. We believe that if we put our faith in God and each other, great things can be achieved. During the school year, we think about the times in our lives when our faith may be tested including having faith in our own ability. We recognise that it can be difficult to keep faith and acknowledge that sometimes Jesus found this challenging during his time on Earth.   “Anything is possible for anyone who has faith.”

Our Class Charity

Throughout the year we think about, fundraise and promote our class charity Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity. This charity was started in 2015 to provide aid and support the ever-increasing number of refugees fleeing their home countries through either war, persecution, or other reasons. The charity works alongside other agencies and makes regular trips to Calais and Greece to distribute sorted, donated items of clothing, essential supplies and other necessary items to those in need. Donated items that they cannot send are sold and the money raised is used to further support the charity. This relates directly to our Gospel value of Faith. These people who are supported and helped by the generosity of the charity, have not only lost all their physical belongings, but also their homes and possibly their faith for the future.

Being prepared for school each day

Children will need their waterproof coat, a bottle filled with water, a bag for reading books and homework and a packed lunch (if required). Pencil cases and other school equipment will be provided for children by school. It is important that we limit what is being brought into school, so pencil cases and other accessories from home won’t be needed.

Break and lunch times

Children have one breaktime in the morning. For this time, they are welcome to bring a healthy snack with them to eat during break.

Miss Firth – Class Teacher

Mrs Thompson, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Kent  – Teaching Assistants

Where did the Romans roam?

In Year 4, children are learning all about the history of the Romans, hoping to answer the question: ‘Where did the Roman’s roam?’ They will be delving into the Roman history, developing their knowledge on the successful invasions by Claudius, learning about British resistance to Roman occupation and extending their understanding of the Romanisation of Britain.

We’ve got some exciting days and weeks ahead, including World Book Day and British Science Week.

On top of all their learning, children will be performing their very own Easter production. We know the children have already been working extremely hard to learn their lines and are very excited to share the Easter story with you at the end of the term.

We can’t wait to see how much they’ve learnt and remembered by the end of the term!

Reading

Please try to hear your children read and make a note in their reading diary. We have introduced a book point system to encourage reading at home, this will continue this half term. Every time you listen to your child read and evidence it in their diary they will receive a book point to add to their tally. We will endeavour to listen to your child read at least once per week but the more practice they get reading aloud the better as reading is vital in all subjects across the curriculum. We are encouraging the children to use the reading journal space to record their thoughts and feelings about their books using either words or pictures.

Homework

Your child’s homework for this half term has been stuck in their reading diaries. We are continuing to set weekly homework which includes spellings, handwriting and times tables. The children will be expected to upload their handwriting to Seesaw using the student code. We will also have weekly spelling and times tables tests where we will be rewarding children that have shown improvement over the half term.

Y4 Times Tables Practise

Times tables knowledge is an important part of the children’s maths understanding and at the end of year 4 the children will be completing a times table test. We will therefore be beginning to prepare the children for this by giving them time to practise in school using TT Rockstars. Year 4 children will no longer have a times table test at the end of each week as they will be working on their times table fluency using the laptops but we would like them to practise for at least 15 minutes every week at home in the garage section of TT Rockstars.

PE

Please ensure children have their PE kit in school every day and that all items are clearly labelled. Children will now get changed at school on a Friday morning. Y3/4 will have PE on and Friday and children will now get changed at school in the morning. May we remind you that this consists of a plain white t-shirt, blue shorts/skirt, plimsolls or trainers. A plain dark tracksuit may be worn for outdoor lessons. Also, a gentle reminder that earrings need to be removed for PE lessons, therefore ensure children come to school without their earrings or ensure your child can take out and put them back in after the PE lesson.

Meet the Staff for this Class

Miss Firth

Mrs Thompson

Mrs Shaw

Mrs Kent

Useful Links