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Year 4 Summer term letter

12 May 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

Essential Agreement

Writing our essential agreement back in September seems a long time ago now. It really is a credit to the class how they have developed in terms of behaviour and maturity over the year; both as individuals and as a group. We now achieve class teamwork points on a daily basis as well as individual awards such as house points and being placed on gold on our behaviour traffic light system. The class should be very proud of themselves and how they have honed a real motivation for learning and being successful over the course of year 4. 

Numeracy

We have now covered all areas of the year 4 curriculum and are revising our knowledge as well as deepening it in core areas. Over the past few weeks we have conducted a very successful topic based around fractions and decimals with the children showing a much increased assurance within an area that traditionally primary aged children find challenging. However, an area that is still a real focus for us is times tables; the end of year 4 expectation is that children can recite these up to12 x 12. I fully realise that this is a challenge but with help and practice at home I know that the children can get there!

Literacy

We have had some highly successful outcomes in literacy recently with the children beginning to show a real maturity in their writing, whilst also demonstrating an increased level of skill in going back and proof reading/editing their work – a vital part of creating great writing. Last half term we looked at Amazonian myths and wrote formal, persuasive letters petitioning for an end to the deforestation of the World’s rainforests.

This half term we have begun by looking at humorous narratives; a genre that the children seem to be very much enjoying. In relation to reading, we have recently switched to whole class guided reading sessions and the children are currently enjoying the book ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis. These are going very well and I am delighted to say that the class are making great progress in this area of the curriculum.

Unit of Inquiry

This half term our Unit of Inquiry is called:

Matter is everything and it comes in different forms.

Click here for the mind map.

We recently had a very informative and enjoyable trip to the science museum where we looked at materials and the children got to experience lots of different hands on science experiments. The Unit is going very well so far and the whole class are extremely engaged in finding out more about the different properties of matter. Thank you for the parental involvement that was evident in the quality of the children’s science homework that they created over half term.

PE

The class will be having PE lessons with different coaches on a Thursday afternoon.  Please make sure that the children have their P.E. kit with them on a Monday when coming to school so that they are fully prepared for their session on a Thursday. Swimming has now ended for year 4 but the children will still be doing one further term of swimming once they enter year 5.

Homework and Spellings

Homework will be set on Fridays and will alternate between a piece of Maths, usually directly related to the week’s work, or Literacy, usually relating to grammar and punctuation.  In addition, children will have their weekly spellings to practice. Please continue to ensure that children do complete their spelling homework as this directly links to the year 4 curriculum and the words that children are expected to be able to successfully spell at this age. We do learn spelling rules in class but there is no substitute for practice and with limited time in our school day this is one area within which we are reliant upon home support in order for all children to fulfil their potential.

Diary Dates

• Class assembly – Friday 26 May
• PTSA Summer Fair – Thursday 22 June
• Sports Day – Tuesday 04 July
• Whole school photo – Wednesday 5 July
• Language Celebration Week – Monday 10 July
• Display Evening – Thursday 13 July
• Last day of Summer Term – Friday 21 July

Thank you for all your support and interest in your child’s education.  Please feel free to contact me through the school office, schedule a meeting, or speak to me in the playground if there is anything with which I can help. The year with the class thus far has been an absolute pleasure and I am looking forward to our final term together in year 4.

Yours faithfully

Adam Berridge
Y4: Class teacher

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