Welcome to Year 4
Welcome to Year 4 and welcome back to school! I am very excited to be teaching you all and helping you learn this year. I am sure there will be a great buzz in the classroom. I will explain everything that you need to know to help you settle in to Year 4 as easily as possible.
Things you need to know:
The adults in Year 4 are Mr Booth, Mrs Webb and Mrs Divine. Year 4 are in a bubble with Year 3 so you will still see Mr Sharp too.
PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week. You will need to wear your PE kit all day on these days. Don’t forget to tie any long hair up and leave any earrings or watches at home on these days.
Homework will be set weekly and will consist of TT Rockstars, Spelling Shed and Mymaths. A little and often approach is usually the best way for children to learn so go on each homework website every day for 5 minutes. I will be checking homework completion every week with the class. I will send a list home with all the usernames and passwords just in case anyone may have forgotten theirs.
Year 4 is an important year for times tables as we need to learn them all up to 12 x 12. In June 2020, there was supposed to be a government check on times tables. This clearly did not go ahead. The government check will be a bit like the “soundcheck” on TT Rockstars. The government have not announced any information if this will be happening for this year group in 2021.
In class, we will be practising times table Olympics at least once a week. We will also practise paper versions of TT Rockstars three times a week. 20 minutes worth of TT Rockstars will be set as homework every week.
You also need to be reading every day! Don’t forget reading does not have to just be your library book. As well as fiction stories, I like to read newspapers and I read online through the BBC Sport and BBC News apps too. https://toppsta.com/ is a great website for books. Toppsta is a children’s book review website where children can write reviews and win books. The more reviews posted, the greater chance of winning a free book. A parent will need to sign the child up to the website first.
For the first week or so at school, we will be focussing on transition and learning/ remembering what it is to be a citizen of East Bierley Primary School. As the term continues, our main topic will be science based where we will learn about living things, classification, teeth, digestion and food chains. If you want to do any home learning on this click here to access BBC Bitesize.