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!
Please take the time to watch our Meet the Teacher video for the 2020/21 school year below.
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 weekly whole class guided reading sessions, small group reading sessions and by reading 1:1 with an adult. The children have their own school reading book, which is changed on a set day each week by Miss Booth. The children's Collins Big Cat reading books will only be changed on their set book changeover day, however we have lots of extra books in our classroom for the children to sign out and read, if they finish their school reading books before the end of their week.
Children are expected to read at home for 10 minutes every day and the more often they read the better! This includes reading to an adult. Please use the home-school reading diary to record 5 words your child struggled to read fluently and practise these daily. It is essential that reading books and diaries come into school each day and are taken home every evening and at the weekend.
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. A great, fun ‘sing-along’ app to help children learn their times tables is called Maths Rockx, which matches their times tables to recognisable child-friendly pop songs. However, this is £10 to buy.
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 a Tuesday afternoon, taught by a coach. Please make sure that your child
has their full P.E. kit in school at all times. Indoor kit should include: black shorts, yellow polo shirt and black plimsolls. Outdoor kit should include: plain dark tracksuit bottoms and top, yellow polo shirt and outdoor trainers. Please ensure P.E. kits (and P.E. kit bags!) are labelled.
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.
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 too. Ensure your child has a notebook to write and draw in. Visit the new Belper library when you can!
We will send other homework home now and then. The children will be rewarded with house points for returning it on time. 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.
If you have any queries, or anything you would like to discuss, you can contact me (Miss Holmes) via our class email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your ongoing support!