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Year 4 Page

Mrs J Lane
Mrs J Lane
Class Teacher
Miss Bennett
Miss Bennett
Class Teacher
Mrs Northfield
Mrs Northfield
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Filmer
Mrs Filmer
Teaching Assistant
School councillors

Welcome to our Year 4 page! If your child is in Year 4 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here: Newsletters.

During last term the class discussed the concept of growth mindset and how it can support them in life, to try challenges that may they have previously given up on. We hope to see evidence of this during this term and will be referring to good examples and using language to support this. Please ask your children about this at home.

Classroom code of conductChild hand up

This list was agreed by the pupils themselves during the first few weeks of term. The ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  • We will be kind and respect people around us
  • We will keep the classroom tidy
  • We will put up our hands if we want to share ideas
  • We will work our hardest and be proud of our work
  • We will walk carefully when we are moving around the classroom
  • We will keep tables and chairs straight and tidy
  • We will take our fleece or jumper off and have a drink if it is warm
Weekly Timetable

Children and parents please familiarise yourself with the outline weekly timetable for your class, available here or by clicking the link on the right. It will help you to remember for example which day you will your PE kit is in school, though you will of course need your indoor shoes every day and your book bag every day.

Please note that this is an outline timetable only as some scheduled activities may be changed due to other in school events happening that week.

CurriculumChild curriculum

For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please click here: Curriculum map.

Our main topic this term will be The Stuarts. We will look in particular at the Plague, the Great Fire of London and the English Civil War. The children will be encouraged to conduct their own research into the topic, and will represent this information in various ways, including ICT, writing and art.

The children will be encouraged to conduct their own research into the topic, and will represent this information in various ways, including ICT, writing and art. We will be visiting the 'Golden Hinde' in London later in the term.

HomeworkChild homework

Please try to hear your children read most days and record it in their red reading record book. For some more independent readers, this may be less. A sticker will be placed on their reading record with a suggestion for a minimum number of entries made by an adult. Please discuss the book with your child and ask some questions to check their comprehension and understanding of the plot.

Spelling lists will now be sent out every Friday for the children to practise ready for a spelling test the following Friday. We will also be testing children on the times table they are learning each Friday. Miss Bennett will also set project homework at the beginning of each half term to work on throughout the half term. The homework will be clearly detailed in an information sheet which will be sent home at the beginning of term.

Activities outside the classroomChild outside school

Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE will be on Thursday with Premier Sport and on Friday with Mrs Lane. The children need to bring their PE kit on a Monday and keep it in school for the duration of the week so it is always to hand.
  • We will be visiting the Wild Wood several times this half term in connection with our science topic on Habitats. The children will make habitat sculptures and leave them in the Wild Wood.

If your child develops an interest in any of our topics we would love to see the result of any independent or parent-led projects. The Cherry Hinton library and local museums are extremely helpful and have wonderful resources.

Classroom activitiesChild in class

The children will have one guided reading session per week, where we will be looking at settings, expressing views about the text with evidence and using punctuation to guide expression. During reading carousel, children will have the opportunity to practice their handwriting, read independently, in pairs, as well as developing their reading comprehension.