Welcome to Bethany Class!
Class Teacher: Mrs McLoughlin
PE (PPA Cover): Mrs Burnell
Music (PPA Cover): Mrs O’Sullivan
TA: Mrs Daly, Mrs Darcy and Mrs Shamim
What will your child learn in Year 4?
The Ancient Maya
Number and Place Value
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Decimals and Money
Position and Direction
States of Matter
Animals including humans
Living things and their habitats
Giving and Receiving
What should your child bring to school each day?
- Labelled water bottle.
- Fruit snack and Packed Lunch.
- Pencils. Your may also bring in ruler, eraser, glue, highlighters and whiteboard pens in a small pencil case.
- Waterproof coat with a hood.
- Reading record (Friday)
- PE Days (Wednesday and Thursday): On these days your child should wear their PE kit and trainers. Earrings must be removed.
- All clothing should be clearly labelled.
- Long hair should be tied back every day.
Important Days to Remember:
- Wednesday: PE day.
- Thursday: PE day.
- Friday: Hand in reading records.
- Friday: Spelling Test
- Birthdays: On your child’s birthday, we ask that they do not bring sweets for their friends, but if they would like to donate a book to the class for the book corner instead, then it would be greatly appreciated. They can also come to school in their own clothes on their birthday, or on the nearest school day if their birthday falls at the weekend.
Children should be reading every day and recording in their diary at least 4 times a week. This comment might be a summary of the plot, information about one of the characters or a prediction about what they think might happen next. They will be given a weekly spelling list to learn and they will be expected to spend at least 10 minutes per week on Times Tables Rockstars.
I hope this has given you an insight into Year 4 but if you have any other questions or concerns please get in touch.
Thank you for your continued support,
Ways You Can Support Your Child’s Learning at Home
Continuous Cursive Handwriting
The children are taught to use the continuous cursive handwriting style. They will learn the correct formation of each letter in class. This link shows animations for each letter, as taught in class: https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/continuous-cursive-beginners-choice-3.html
English: Reading and Book Discussion
For English, the single most important thing that you can do is to hear your child read. Good readers make good writers because they are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and style.
When you listen to your child read, there are a number of things to remember:
- Make it fun! Use different voices and take it in turns read to each other. Children should try to read every day for 15 minutes and ideally 3 times a week with an adult.
- Ask questions about the text, the characters, the plot, the setting, the style of writing, and the words. Anything to get them to think about what they are reading and to consider the deeper messages hidden in the subtext – use the questions on their reading bookmark to help you. There are also some questions on the Bethany homework tab which may help.
- Read a wide range of writing – from comics to newspapers, poetry to plays, novels to Pokémon cards, and even just menus and signs when you are out and about!
- Look up individual words in a dictionary together to find out what they mean.
- Be a good role model for reading. This is the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa, forget the chores, and read a good book yourself!
Punctuation/ English Online Games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation
Recommended Reading List for Year 4:
By the end of Year 4 the expectation is that all children should know their times tables up to 12 x 12.
We focus on our times tables during our maths lessons but additional practice at home is essential. Times Tables Rock Stars is a fantastic website as it tests the children on their times tables ensuring the facts are secure and can be recalled quickly. I highly recommend daily practice on Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) as I have seen the progress children have made in both their knowledge of their times table facts and their recall speed by regularly playing on the site. The end of year goal is to be a Headliner on TTRS (6 seconds or less per question) or even better, a Rock Star (3 seconds or less per question).
Additional times table practice online games: