Year 4

Welcome to Holy Trinity - Spring Term 2022

Welcome back Year 4 to a fabulous Spring Term! We hope you have had a wonderful summer.  Here is the spring term newsletter.

If at any time you have any questions or you are unsure of anything please ask. We are always happy to speak to you if you have any questions or concerns. Please contact the office and an appointment can be made for a convenient time.

What does learning look like in Year 4?

Year 4 are currently teaching in accordance with the National Curriculum. Maths and English are taught daily, as is guided reading and handwriting.

Maths

Maths is taught daily, it varies between the morning before break or before lunch. For the first two lessons, we will be focusing on recapping the Math skills that were taught in year 3 and autumn term year 4. After this recap we will be focusing on mental subtraction and addition using grouping and written addition and subtraction using the column method. In addition to our Maths lessons, the children will be learning their times tables facts throughout the year and will be tested weekly on their progress.

English

In English, the children will be looking at non-fiction text. This will be based on a play script on, ‘The Plague at Eyam’. Pupils will look at the varied features of a playscript and will write about events and effects of the plague. This will be from the viewpoints of themselves and other characters in the play.

Discrete grammar lessons will be taught in accordance with the text we will be studying. Guided Reading is taught daily, where the children read a book with Mrs Lynch, whilst also completing independent comprehension activities based on the focused text. As a class, we will be reading,’ Running on the Roof of the World’ by Jess Butterworth as a focus book.

Important Reminders

  • Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named.
  • Any money sent into school must be in a labeled envelope.
  • Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every day.
  • Homework will be topic based and set half termly.
  • Spellings will be sent home on Fridays to be tested the following Friday
  • Please listen to your child read every day.
Holy Trinity School

Our motto is:

Alta Pete – Aim High

“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”

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Science

In Science, the pupils will identify how sounds are made and recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear. They will investigate patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it. They will carry out sound test on what happens from the distance if the sound source increases or not.

Foundation Subjects

Our topic for this half term will be the Anglo-Saxons for History. They will identify the similarities and differences between the ways of life of people in the later part of Stone Age (Neolithic) to Iron Age. Also looking at the introduction and growth in settlement size and that of Roman Britain. Questions arising will be; how did Saxon England begin? How did they get food to eat? What were their homes like? How are they similar and different? (R.E)Religious Education will be on, ‘What Christians have learnt from the creation story’?

Physical Development

PE will take place every Monday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit for the lesson. Children are required to remove or cover earrings for all PE lessons. It is preferred that children have a black pair of trainers and navy blue/black jogging bottoms included in their PE kit as some PE lessons will take place outside.

Homework

Homework is given to develop an effective partnership between home and school. Homework set will be in the style of a topic based project (Anglo-Saxons) according to our new homework policy.  The project will be set at the start of each half term, with a handing in date set for the end of the half term. There will be a ‘check date’ in the middle of the term so that the children’s progress can be checked. Apart from this, the children will have ownership of when they complete the tasks and be able to submit their learning before the due date should they wish.

Homework is the responsibility of the child with the support of parents. Homework encourages independence and responsibility in the children.

 

The Reading Records are also important, so please sign them when you listen to your child read. Reading has a big focus in year 4; ideally each child should read at home each evening. This term, in addition to reading books/assessment, Accelerated Reader scheme has been put into place in years 4 and 5. The children will take an initial test to determine which range of books they are able to read. They will then take a computer based comprehension test when they finish each book. I’m sure the children will tell you all about this!

 

Children will learn spellings and times tables weekly, in class. The words to learn will be integrated into lessons and our daily handwriting. Each week there will be a focused times table for the children to learn. This will tie in with their learning in school and they will be tested on these times tables at the end of the week. We will sing songs and play games in school for the children to be able to know all of their times tables up to 12x by the end of the year – a requirement of the year 4 curriculum and an impending addition to the Y6 SATs.

We hope this year will be an exciting and progressive year for your children, and I hope this information has been helpful.

Any queries that may arise can be discussed after school, or at the upcoming parents meeting. Anything urgent please, contact me via the school office.

 

Mrs Boyo, Mrs Lynch, Mrs Davey, Miss Loftus & Mr Bailey  

(Year 4 team)