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School Name

Whitecote Primary School

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Year 4

Hello and welcome to the Year 4 webpage!

Staff

4 Beech

Class teacher - Mrs Stableford 

Teaching assistants - Miss Poole and Mrs Hesson

 

4 Ash

Class teacher is Miss Routledge 

Teaching assistants - Mrs Allpress, Miss Scadden and Mrs Hesson

 

Mrs Allpress is a new member of staff and we would like to welcome her to our team.

 

P.E. 

As we go swimming in year 4, we have one other PE session in school which will either be indoor or outdoor for a half term so that by the end of the year the children will have spent equal amounts of indoor and outdoor PE.

 

Indoor PE - Tuesday – black shorts, white t’shirt and trainers

Swimming – Friday – swimming costume (no bikinis) and swimming shorts (above the knee), towel, bag to carry things in

 

We are currently working alongside Bramley Baths to plan how lessons will be delivered safely following the guidelines, so at this time we are unable to give you a start date for when our lessons will start. We will send out the start date for our swimming lessons as soon as we are able to.

 

Children need to come to school in their PE kit on Tuesday and will stay in it for the whole day.  They will not get changed at school at the moment. As the weather is starting to get colder, it would not be appropriate to be wearing shorts all day, so we recommend that children come to school with their outdoor jogging pants over the top of their shorts and that they wear their school cardigan or jumper to keep them warm.

 

Children may bring googles for swimming if they prefer to wear them, unfortunately Bramley Baths are unable to lend any googles at this time. Children are also allowed to bring a brush or comb for their hair however deodorant is not allowed. Long hair must be tied up for swimming lessons.

 

As we walk to and from Bramley Baths, it is essential that the children bring a waterproof coat and sensible footwear in case of bad weather.

 

For all PE sessions earrings must be removed, so if your child cannot take them out themselves then it is best not to wear them on PE days, this includes Forest School sessions.

 

Forest Schools

Year 4 will be participating in Forest Schools this half term and developing learning in the outdoor environment. As the sessions are run at the start of the school day it is essential that children are in school on time to be able to participate.

 

On Mondays year 4 children will need to come to school in old jogging bottoms and jumpers, as they may get dirty in our ‘forest’ in the wildlife area. The children also need to wear suitable footwear for the environment, preferably wellington boots so that they can access all of the activities. We would like the children to bring a second pair of footwear to change into after the session.

 

Homework

Reading

Please make sure you read your child's school reading book with them for at least 10 minutes per day. Reading is a 'building block' on which much of their other learning rests, and regular reading at home makes a huge difference in the classroom. If you sign their diary when they have read with you, they can earn a sticker on the class Reading Leaderboard and earn prizes.

 

Spelling

Each week, spellings will be given out for the children to learn. This will be a combination of words containing specific letter patterns that we are working on and some of the year 3 and 4 common exception words that they should be able to spell by the end of this year. They will be tested on these words the following week and be given new words to learn.

 

Maths - Times Tables

Each child has an account on ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ (login details can be found in the front of your child’s reading diary) that they can access at home - there is also a 'Times tables Rockstars' app that you can download to your phone or tablet https://www.ttrockstars.com. Homework is set weekly on ‘Times Table Rockstars’ at an appropriate level.

 

Teachers will also set homework on My Maths and Class Dojo and other tasks as they arise.

 

It is a school expectation that this homework is completed on time each week. 

 

Curriculum

An important aspect of the work that we will be doing this first half term will focus on making sure your child feels safe and secure at school through PSHE and Nurture lessons. The main topic this half term will be the investigating how life changed in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age and aspects related to what life was like in those times including cave art. Science lessons will develop the children's understanding of materials by focusing on solids, liquids and gases.  The children will listen to and appraise music by Abba in Music lessons.

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