I am Mrs Westlake, the class teacher. Also working with the class are Miss Thompson (teaching assistant), Mrs Naveed (special support assistant) and Mr Evans (teacher covering Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons).
This page is designed to provide an overview of life in year four. Here will be information about our curriculum, how you can support your 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.
Our usual day includes:
Brass lessons take place on a Wednesday with Ms Martin. 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.
Our school curriculum is currently under review as we consider how its intent meets the needs of our children. This is our curriculum map for this academic year. Slight ammendments - particularly concerning PSHE - will be made in the coming weeks.
As a class, we are currently reading:
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. Throughout the year, we will be working hard to learn all multiplication facts up to 12x12, including the related division facts. At the 'Meet the Teacher' evening early in the term, I will explain more about the new statutory Multiplication Tables Check. 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. Spare copies of spellings can be collected from the classroom. 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.
This half term, our topic is called 'Awesome Arctic'. We will begin by learning about the geography of North America. In Literacy we will be reading a beautiful story called 'Ice Bear' and our Science learning will also be a little icy in the first few weeks - watch this space to find out what we've been up to!