Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to Year 4! The children have had a marvellous year in Year 3 and we hope they will continue to work hard and exceed their targets this year. We are really looking forward to working with the children and they have already started to settle into the Year 4 routine.
As the children have moved into a new year group, there are new staff also. In class 4C there is Ms Cobb and in class 4T there is Miss Ticehurst. There are also the shared teaching assistants linked to the team who will be taking interventions and working with both classes during the week: Mr Foster, Mrs Lewis Lord and Mrs Buckley.
As we are in new classes, please could we politely ask that all uniform, PE kit and lunch boxes are labelled clearly with children’s names and class numbers.
As the children are older, we want to encourage them to be independent, so ask that the children are left at the classroom door and carry their own belongings into class. As part of our Safeguarding and Health & Safety policy, we politely ask that parents and carers wait outside the classroom when the doors are open. If you wish to speak to the class teacher, we ask that you speak to us after school, or if it is urgent/important, wait at the door to speak to the Y4 team member. We thank you for this in advance.
Children are now able to go to the school kitchen to purchase snack each day. They are able to buy a slice of toast (25p), fruit juice (25p) or milk (25p). We recommend 50p per day. The children are responsible for looking after their own money and change.
If you wish your child to have a hot dinner for lunch, they need £2.20 for each day they have a school dinner or £11.00 per week. This can now be paid on-line using our new payment system or be sent into school daily/weekly in a named envelop. Please see the school office if your child qualifies for free school meals or for information about the on-line payment system, where the staff will be happy to help you.
Can we remind parents and carers that Year 4 starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.15pm. Classroom doors open at 8.50 am for children to start Early Doors activities and will close at 9.05am. If your child arrives after this time they will need to sign in at the main entrance of the school.
During the Autumn Term, Year 3 will be reading the book ‘Coming to England’ by Floella Benjamin. We will provide regular updates about all the exciting learning happening each week in the year group and you can visit the school website for more details on areas of the curriculum that will be taught.
PE will take place on a Monday afternoon. Children will need to bring full PE kit to change into for the lesson (coloured top, black shorts and appropriate footwear). The colour of the tops should be the colour of the house team your child is in: red for Alexander, yellow for Reade, purple for Royce and green for Gresty. PE tops can be purchased form the main office.
Each week on a Tuesday, the children will have computing taught by Mrs Goodwin and they will take part in a lesson of RE, taught by Mrs Chadwick. These lessons will focus on aspects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Please see the school office or your child’s class teacher if you have any queries.
Homework is a very important aspect as it allows children to use skills that they have learnt at school at home. It also shows the children how important you, the parents and carers, see their education by continuing their learning at home. We thank you in advance for taking the time to to do the homework with your child. Please remember we expect the children to do the homework for themselves and use the methods as shown in school.
There will be a weekly homework sheet sent home on Fridays and asked to be returned by Tuesday. In additional to this, please visit the school website and the Year 4 page for links to suitable activities to further support your child’s learning.
Reading at home
The children will be expected to read their home reading books to an adult at least 3 times a week and a note of this should be written in their reading record book. There will be special rewards for children who bring their reading record in every day and shown evidence of reading every night. During Early Doors, children will be given the opportunity to change their home reading book independently while reading records are checked.
Reading at home makes a huge difference to the progress the children make. Please feel free to read a variety of books, magazines, recipes, newspapers or comics with your children. They do not just need to read their home reading book.
In Year 3 and 4, the children are required to learn the National Curriculum word list, so please practice these as often as you can at home. They can be found in the middle of the reading log booklet
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns throughout the year. If you have any questions at all, please catch us at the end of the school day or by telephoning the school office.
We look forward to working with you this year.
Ms Cobb and Miss Ticehurst