I am Mrs Westlake, the class teacher. Our lovely teaching assistant, Miss Thompson, and I are enjoying getting to know the children and families that we will be working with this year.
This page is designed to provide an overview of life in year four. Here will be information about our curriculum, how you can support the children at home, photographs of our recent activities and any other class notices.
Throughout this academic year, please feel welcome to call in after school with any queries or concerns. I look forward to meeting you individually at Parent's Evening.
Our usual day includes:
Brass lessons take place on a Wednesday with Mr Crook. Please ensure that instruments are brought to school every week.
P.E. lessons take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure that the appropriate kit (purple T shirt, black shorts, pumps and trainers) are in school. Please note - an optional P.E. hoody has been introduced this year.
Big Maths sessions will take place on Tuesdays and the children will bring home their marked quiz each week so that you can see how they are progressing.
Spelling and mental maths tests will take place on Fridays. Following this, the children will bring home their new spellings and maths facts to practise for the following week.
The children all have a designated day to swap their home reading book and library book. If you would like to check when this is, please pop in and see me after school.
As you know, the most valuable way that you can support your child at home is by spending time each day reading together. This will not only help them become fluent decoders, but more importantly, it will help them to develop a love of reading which will benefit them across the curriculum and in later life. Please do try to sign your child's reading diary following your reading time, telling us about their school book, library book or anything else you are enjoying together. This really does help us build a picture of what they enjoy so that we can suggest new books and authors.
Supporting children with their mental maths is also highly valuable. Each week, the children will bring home some facts to learn. Whilst sometimes seeming very simple, these are an essential foundation for more complex calculations. Timestable facts are of particular importance. At the 'Meet the Teacher' evening early in the term, I explained that Year 4 children will, from this year, complete a statutory Multiplication Tables Check. As soon as we receive more information about this ourselves, we will share this with parents. In the meantime, we will be working hard to learn all multiplication facts up to 12x12, including the related division facts. The grid below may be useful if you have misplaced the one sent home.
Also, please encourage your child to practise spelling the words on their weekly lists. These usually fit around a particular pattern or rule. This rule is the focus of our spelling sessions in class, so that the children can then apply this in other words when writing independently. Each half term I will send home a note indicating whether your child is scoring generally red, amber or green scores. I will also feedback about this at Parent's Evening.
Spare copies of spellings can be collected from the classroom. This week's spellings can also be found below: