Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 4! We hope that you had a good summer and are well rested for the busy year ahead.
English and Maths
In English we will be exploring different types of writing and using examples of text to inspire us. In Reading we will be thinking about new words and different types of questions to answer about books. To further support their learning, please ensure that your child reads at home for 15-20 minutes every day. You can also support them by asking them when/why/what and how questions about what they have read.
In Maths we will continue to focus on key maths skills especially learning times tables and related division facts. To further support their learning, please practise these regularly at home with your child, using Mathletics and other resources.
Our topic this half term is Ancient Egypt which is a history based topic. We will investigate how we know about Ancient Egypt, how Ancient Egyptians lived, Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses and listen to some Egyptian stories. At the end of this half term, the children will attend an Ancient Egyptian experience to celebrate all we have learnt.
To further support their learning, you may wish to visit the library, or The British Museum, which is free and has amazing Egyptian artefacts to see. We will also suggest some websites to visit on the VLE.
PE/Swimming this term will be on Monday afternoons. Children will be split into two classes of 30. Dornfell will go swimming for the first half of the year and Ravenshaw will do PE. The children will then swap over in February. There will be a letter with further details. Please ensure that your child has the right kit for these lessons.
This year the children will be learning to play the recorder with the support of specialist music teachers from Camden music. They will each be given their own instrument to practise with and will perform a special concert to share their learning with you. They will also be working with a specialist vocal coach to develop their singing skills.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that school starts at 9 o’clock and children should be coming into school before this time, (doors open at 8.50am) and be ready to start the day at 9 o’clock. Make-up and jewellery, apart from stud earrings and a watch are not allowed. We also expect children to be in the correct school uniform every day. If you have any questions about uniforms, please ask.
Homework will be Mathletics, weekly spellings to learn and daily reading. Please work with your child to make sure they are completing these tasks. To access Mathletics and other home learning information, your child should have a VLE log in and password. There is a parent guide to the VLE on the school website.
It is vital that children are reading at home. Please set aside at least 15-20 minutes for reading every day and ensure they bring their reading book and reading record to school every day. We will check these to see what the children are reading and reward children with stickers, certificates and book tokens. We will give you tips and advice on how to make this meaningful and fun at the Parent Event later this half term.
Please come and meet the year group team and find out more about Year Four learning and homework at the Parent Event. This is on Wednesday 19th September at either 3.40pm or 4.20pm, whichever suits you best.
Beckford is a healthy school and we try hard to teach children about healthy foods. Please help us by providing a healthy packed lunch. You may also send in a fruit portion to eat during the day. Your child could also bring in a labelled water bottle. We will celebrate birthdays with a class birthday song and ‘Happy Birthday’ stickers. Please do not send in sweets or cake.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to getting to know you and your child this term. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Lysander Code, Frank Seago, Debbie O’Brien and the Year 4 team.