Welcome to Padley!
The site where the Padley Martyrs were discovered.
Our class teacher is Miss Hickling and our wonderful teaching assistant is Mrs Gregory.
If you are a parent of a child in Year 4, you can follow us on Twitter (@PadleyY4) to see what we are getting up to in class each week!
St. Elizabeth’s has a Franciscan heritage, so our school values are based on Franciscan values. In Year 4, our class value is service. We understand service to be the action of show God's love to others with a willing heart. This means helping others, without the anticipation of reward. As written in Matthew's gospel 20:20, Jesus did not "come to be served, but to serve". Prayer and worship are an integral part of our day. Our R.E. topics last for around 4 weeks and our learning is summarised in the R.E. knowledge organisers, which will be added to this webpage when we start each new topic.
In English, we practise our decoding, fluency and comprehension reading skills through daily whole class Talk for Reading sessions, small group reading sessions and by reading 1:1 with an adult.
We use MyBookBlog for our home reading scheme. For this, the children have a dedicated home reading book which they have chosen from our collection in school. Once they have read the correlating chapters, they are to complete their 'blog' online on MyBookBlog, which involves taking a short comprehension and vocabulary quiz based on the events they have read and polling and blogging a relevant statement. The children are free to change their books as soon as they have read and blogged their book. Please ensure that your child continues to bring in their home reading book on their allocated day so that we can assess their progress regularly. Please also ensure that the children take care of these books at home; we politely ask for a like for like replacement to be purchased for any lost or damaged books.
Children are expected to read at home for at least 10 minutes every day and the more often they read the better! This includes reading to an adult. We no longer use home-school reading diaries, and instead the children each have a vocabulary bookmark, upon which they are to write any unfamiliar words upon. We then look up the meaning of these words during our guided reading sessions in class. Please encourage your child to use these as a learning tool!
Our writing lessons follow the Pie Corbett ‘Talk 4 Writing’ style of ‘Imitate – Innovate – Invent’; put simply ‘I do – We do – You do’. More information about this method of teaching can be found in the ‘Curriculum’ section of the website, under ‘English’. Our class will practise two genres each half term. English knowledge organisers will be posted onto this webpage when we start each new topic so that you can see a summary of our learning.
Spellings will be sent home to learn as homework each Wednesday, and will be tested the following Wednesday. Spellings and grammar will be taught/revised during the first 10 minutes of each English lesson.
We use the Power Maths scheme of work, and each term has an associated textbook: Power Maths Year 4 – Textbook 4A (for autumn term), Textbook 4B (for spring term), Textbook 4C (for summer term). If you are keen to follow our learning, these books are be purchased on Amazon and are £6.99 each.
MyMaths is a free website for you to use and we will set work on it each term. If you feel your child needs to revisit a topic, please revisit the Y3 units of work.
Please encourage your child to practice their times tables where-ever possible, even if it is simply running through them in the car ride home! In Year 4, we will work on our 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables. The children all have a login for Times Table Rock Stars and we encourage them to spend time on this, both at home and in school, in order to improve their recall skills.
We encourage the children to wear an analogue watch to school to help them to tell the time. If you have an analogue clock at home, encourage your child to look at it during the day and work out the time together (starting with o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to, then intervals of 5 minutes past the hour).
Year 4 have P.E. on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings, taught by a coach. Children should come to school on Mondays and Tuesdays in their P.E kit: a yellow polo, a yellow jumper (with or without the school logo on), plain, dark jogging bottoms and outdoor trainers. Please ensure all items are labelled. We will begin swimming, on a Tuesday morning, towards the end of September.
You can follow what your child is learning each half term by reading the half-termly newsletter and checking this web page for different subject knowledge organisers. The Year 4 Curriculum Overview is also available, further down the page.
Please read with your child every night for 10 minutes. Practise spellings for 5 minutes in the evening. Chant or sing times tables on the way to school and have a go at the corresponding division facts (in Year 4 we will revise and learn x4, x6, x7, x8, x9 & x12). Practise telling the time at home.
If you would like to do extra, there is the MyMaths website to visit and the Spelling Frame app is very good. Drawing and writing in a notebook is a valuable exercise too. Please visit the new Belper library when you can!
We set homework every Friday, due in for the following Friday. The children will be rewarded for returning it on time. Please ensure that homework is returned to school, and taken home, in our homework journals. This ensures that our work is kept neat and tidy. We should take as much care with our homework as we would with our classwork!
Children are asked to bring a water bottle to school each day. They are encouraged to drink water throughout the day to aid concentration. Water bottles should be taken home each night for washing, this is especially important in the current COVID climate. Healthy snacks are needed for break times to keep the children going until lunchtime. Please note that we are also a nut-free school due to allergies, so please do not send your child to school with any nut-based products for their snacks and lunches.
If you have any queries, or anything you would like to discuss, you can contact me (Miss Hickling) via our class email: email@example.com.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Old Year 4 Home Learning Data
Work for isolating children (w/c 12th July 2021)