Welcome to Year 4
The class teachers are:-
Welcome to Year 4
Please find attached the powerpoint presentation and other documents that were handed out at the Year 4 welcome meeting in September 2019.
Year 4 Welcome meeting
Topics and Curriculum
You will find the weekly timetable in your child’s diary. Year 4 covers some exciting topics such as:-
- History: Anglo Saxons and Vikings.
- Geography: Weather, mapping and developing world
- Science: Forces, changing materials, the Earth and beyond, mini-beasts
- Art: 3D modelling, silhouettes, Impressionism, observational drawing, clay masks.
- Design & Technology: Money containers, muffins, levers, linkages and pop-ups.
- Personal, Social & Health Education: the Media and bullying
- Sex & Relationship Education: changes to body and personal hygiene
- Religious Education: Christianity, Judaism and Sikhism
- Computing: Coding, research and word processing.
- PE & Games includes: football, netball, rugby, hockey, tennis, rounders, cricket, athletics, dance, gymnastics and fitness.
For more specific information on what the Year 4 pupils will be studying we produce curriculum maps. We will be uploading this terms map shortly but in the meantime click here to see last years.
Year 4 Curriculum maps
If you wish to find out more about the National Curriculum then you can click here.
Children will normally receive two pieces of homework per week. One will be given on Wednesday; it will be 30 minutes of Times Table Rockstars and 30 minutes of Spelling Shed. This is to be completed by Monday. One given on 2 Fridays. This will usually be topic or foundation based, which is to be handed in on a date later in the term. If homework is not completed on time, pupils will go to the Catch-up Zone for reading and will be asked to do the homework at home. Year 4 do not have a Homework Diary.
We ask children to read at least three times per week. Please spend some time listening to your child read aloud, as well as allowing them time to read alone. Please record in their reading record and this must be handed in every Monday. They will be asked to go to the Catch-up Zone if this is not handed in or completed.
We ask you to avoid reading the books we study in class at home which are:-
- “Gangsta Granny” by David Walliams
- “Leon and the Place Between” by Angela McAllister
- “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale” by John Steptoe .
For more information on our literacy policy, go to the literacy link on our website.
Please try to encourage your child to use Mathletics and times tables practice at home – there are lots of activities to complete on Mathletics to aid with Multiplication tables practice. For more information about how we teach maths go to the Maths link.
Visits and trips
To help broaden the children’s learning, enjoyment and understanding of their topics, we offer a range of visits and trips. In Year 4 we have the following exciting visits and trips:
- In Year 4 they take part in their first residential trip is to Hooke Court in Dorset for three days in March. Residential trips are a great way for your child to develop independence, build team skills and improve their organisational skills. We have highly experienced staff that have been running and attending the same residential trips over many years.
- Crew Theatre team of actors come in to hold an exciting workshop on Forces, which the children study in Science
- The children will be able to experience the wonder of the universe within an inflated dome in the school hall when the Learning Dome mobile planetarium visits Year 4.
- As part of our study of mini-beasts, Year 4 will be visiting Nower Wood or Bay Pond, local Education Nature Reserves.
More information about all these trips and visits and any costs will be sent out nearer the time.
In Year 4 we encourage the children to aim high and get involved! There is lots to do so the children are encouraged to get involved as well as developing their independence and resilience.
Any questions or concerns
If you need a quick couple of minutes to speak to your child’s teacher then please pop your head around the classroom door at pick up but if you need longer than that then please make an appointment through the office or by email. Your class teacher should be your first point of contact and can be contacted with their professional email Miss Day at CDay@wallacefields-jun.surrey.sch.uk and Ms Gough at Egough@wallacefields-jun.surrey.sch.uk If it is an urgent matter, please speak to someone in the office and they will be able to help you.
Please note: we will endeavour to respond to our personal emails within 48 hours of receipt, during the working week. These are for quick messages or information that cannot go through the office or positive feedback. This includes safeguarding concerns. Please note that we are unable to check emails sent over the weekend or school holidays, until returning to work. In addition, we are unable to check and respond to emails whilst we are teaching, which is between the hours of 08:45-15:45. Therefore, please email the office regarding pick-up changes.
If it is an urgent matter, please speak to someone in the office and they will be able to help you.