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 2018.
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 Kenya
- Science: Forces, changing materials, the Earth and beyond, mini-beasts
- Art: 3D modelling, silhouettes, Impressionism, observational drawing, clay masks.
- Design & Technology: Money containers, savoury 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 and Sikism
- 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 this term click here.
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 and should spend 45 minutes on each piece. One will be given on Wednesday, it will usually be Maths or English and returned on Friday. One given on Friday, it will usually topic or foundation based, which is to be delivered on the Wednesday. The children will also be given a spelling homework, which is to be completed over 10 days. If homework is not completed on time pupils will go to the Work Room for reading, but 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 their reading record and this must be handed in every Friday. They will be asked to go to the Work Room if this is not handed in our completed.
We ask you to avoid reading at home the books we study in class 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 our literacy policy go to the literacy link.
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.
- To help with their Kenyan topic for Geography, the children spend a whole day learning about Kenyan storytelling, talk about costume and music & dance as well as tie and dye techniques and mask making when Heritage Ceramics visit 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 Mrs Crabb at PCrabb@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.