Welcome to Year 4
Hello from Mrs Wassell and Mrs Ilyas
Firstly, we want to start by saying we hope you are all safe and well in what are definitely strange times for us all. As you will already know, we are the Year 4 teachers and Mr Kay and Mrs Tildesley will be our teaching assistants. I’m sure most of you know us already and we hope like us you are looking forward to returning to school in September and getting back to some kind of normality. We have been busy preparing our classroom and planning all of the interesting and exciting things we will be learning.
As our normal transition afternoons have been unable to happen this year, we wanted to share some things with you so that you feel prepared for when we meet. Most of our routines are very similar to those you would have had in Year 3 so don’t worry.
We will be based in the Year 4 mobile classroom and we will meet you on your first day outside this area. In the mornings, Year 4 children usually wait on the side playground in front of the mobile until the bell sounds and then walk sensibly in through the main mobile entrance ready to hang up your coat and bag.
As we are limited with space in the mobiles, we ask that you support us with ensuring we maximise the space as much as possible. Therefore, we are asking that you only bring a coat and that anything else is brought in a drawstring bag (lunch box and reading book and record). We will supply you with a plain drawstring bag free of charge on the first day back (we have an assortment of colours) but you can buy a sportier one if you want. Unfortunately, rucksacks are too big and bulky for this area so we will not be allowing these to come to school with you in Year 4. We will be having PE on a Wednesday and you will need to come into school in your full school PE kit on this day each week.
In the autumn term we have lots of interesting topics to study. In history you will be learning all about the Romans and you even make your own mosaic tile. Another great DT topic is where you create your own Christmas stocking using a variety of stitches. For any budding scientists amongst you, we will start with biology topics where you will learn about teeth and the digestive system and State of Matter through practical activities. In music we will be studying rhythm and Christmas music and notation and in French you will learn about pets, days of the week, numbers to 39, months of the year and celebrations and festivals. In PE it will be Tag Rugby, Circuit training and Hockey! A new RE syllabus has just come out so watch this space! In English we start with Voices in the Park exploring character’s feelings and in maths we start with place value.
There will be a couple of things you will need to bring to school with you: your packed lunch and your reading journal.
We expect you to read three times a week and ask that an adult signs to record that this has been completed. Year 4 homework is set every Thursday and is returned to school by the following Wednesday.
Most of the daily routines are the same as you will have had in Year Three so we hope you find this reassuring.
Lastly, we expect you to always try your very best and make good behavioural choices. We always try to plan interesting lessons and opportunities for you so you need to attend well, be an enthusiastic learner and always be respectful to others.
We're really looking forward to ‘getting back to normal’ in the autumn and can’t wait to hear about everything you’ve been up to whilst you’ve been away. Please don’t worry about anything: we are aware you have been away from school for a long time and it is our job to help you settle back in and get back on track with school work.
We think that covers it all, but if you have any questions for us you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try our best to answer them.
Have a great summer and see you in September in our newly decorated mobile.
Mrs Wassell and Mrs Ilyas
Extra work at home
If you would like to complete some extra activities when you;re not at school, visit Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer where you can enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to get free access.
The DfE has also created a list of useful websites which can be found at:
Also, please continue to make use of websites which your child has a personalised login for, such as Numbots, TT Rockstars, Activelearn and Education City.