Hello from Class 7!
Year 4 is a crucial year and one where we see children really begin to mature and become much more confident in their learning. We endeavour to make learning as engaging and interesting as possible. Taking part in experiments, setting challenges and working in a very cross curricular way gives each child a chance to show their own talents and abilities. It is important for us to see the children smiling and enjoying their learning in school.
It is vital that your child tries their best and has a positive attitude towards school if they are to achieve their potential. It is also important that you encourage and support your child with homework and by keeping in contact with me regularly to ensure we are doing everything possible to help them make the maximum progress. If you are ever unsure of anything, please don’t hesitate to call into school to discuss your concerns and queries. My door is always open.
Keep an eye on our class page for the latest news, information and photos! In class we use the Class Dojo system for rewarding children. They may receive Dojo Points for their work, manners, being a good friend and a host of other great things. Make sure you sign up for the Class Dojo App so you can see how your child is doing!
In Year 4, we know that reading impacts hugely on children’s writing ability and general learning. We read a wide range of genres including fiction and non-fiction books and aim to nurture a love of literature. We encourage children to read as much as possible, both at home and in school.
Children are expected to read at home at least three times per week so that they can be entered into the weekly ‘Reading Star’ draw. When you listen to your child read, give them encouraging comments and ask lots of questions, for example: “How do you know he is sad?” “What has happened so far?” “Can you predict what will happen next?.”
At the end of each day, I take great pleasure in reading to the children, be it our class novel, a short silly story or a range of poetry.
Writing in Year 4 covers a wide range of text types, from fantasy stories to non-chronological reports and from playscripts to modern poetry. Throughout these genres of writing, children will learn the key features of those text types and how to make effective use of a range of skills they learn within their writing.
In Year 4, children are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess each other’s work using marking ladders and the success criteria they have identified as a class.
Every morning after registration, we have a short grammar and punctuation session. During this time we play games and take part in short, practical activities which help to develop the children’s knowledge of grammar and how it can be used effectively within a piece of writing.
Every 2 weeks, children complete a big write, giving them an opportunity to show off what they can do in a range of genres. Some of these big writes are then displayed on our ‘Exciting Writing’ board to allow us to celebrate their amazing work.
Spelling is an incredibly important part or writing and requires lots of practice. We have recently started using the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ scheme to help us practice spelling patterns. These spelling groups are then sent home as part of homework and are tested every Friday morning. Please encourage and support your child to learn and practise these spellings at home.
By the end of Year 4, the government expects that children are able to spell all the words from the following lists:
The curriculum for maths in Year 4 is interactive and engaging; encouraging the use of ICT and a variety of maths resources. The onus is on understanding how we work different calculations using base 10 equipment, place value counters, number lines, etc. before moving onto formal written methods.
During this process, children will be challenged with Chill Challenges to get them exploring the huge array of different problems that can be solved using mathematics. Whilst sometimes they might get these wrong, we have a culture within the classroom where this ok and the important thing is we learn from it in order to improve our mathematical thinking.
In Year 4 children will complete calculations with numbers up to 10,000, negative numbers and numbers with up to 2 decimal places. By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know all the times tables p to 12 x 12 so they may need to some extra practice on them in order to meet this target. Therefore, any help or practice you help you can give your children will be of great benefit. Mr Filder recommends even singing your times tables with Percy Parker!
At West Street we run a very creative and topic based curriculum. Each half term children are introduced to a new theme, through which all curriculum subjects will be taught. This enables them to make links within their learning to make it more relevant and real.
These begin with an exciting launch where the children find out what they will be learning about that half term. At the end of each half term children usually present their learning during an assembly – parents are very welcome to come and watch!
Already this year we have had teachers interrupting assemblies to share their favourite books and Mrs Burtoft treating us all differently to introduce our Human rights topic. But what will be next?
Our children love our topics and the launches, and we are very proud of the excitement and enthusiasm that they generate throughout school.
At West Street we love to enhance children’s learning by going on lots of trips and visits where possible to link with our topic – a team building day in the woods, a Viking museum, or walks in the local area are some of the recent days out.
One of the things which I believe is a crucial part of learning is having new experiences. These opportunities are a important part of learning and provide them with a great base of knowledge and experience to draw from and memories to cherish for ever. For all trips we try to fund raise throughout the year to bring down the cost as much as possible and your support is much appreciated.
If you would like to sign up to Class Dojo, please see your child’s teacher who will give you a unique reference number to access your child’s Dojo Points through this link…
A homework club will be run in class on Wednesday lunchtime for anyone who needs it.
Spellings are also given out every Friday. These should be practised regularly at home and it would help greatly for you to help your child with this. These spellings will be tested every Friday morning.
Reading is a very important part of homework and children are expected to read at least three times per week at home. Children should read as much as possible, both their school reading book, but also newspapers, magazines, recipes, websites and much more.
All of these elements will be assessed and recorded weekly and they form a very important part of your child reaching all green in their ‘Reach for the Stars’ file.
G. Milner - Class 7 Teacher
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Miss T. Atkinson-James – Teaching Assistant
“Hi, I’m Tess and I’ve been at West Street for several years now. I started as a governor and volunteer and ran dance classes for parents and after school clubs. I have worked with children for 19 years and am a professional performer and singer and I also love dancing. My 4 daughters all attended West Street and I love working here very much. My interests are performing, music, fitness and working within a nurturing role with children.“
Mrs K. Graham – Teaching Assistant
“I have worked at West Street for almost a year and I’m currently based in Year 4. I volunteered across Key Stage 2 for a year previous to my employment. I am also a governor at West Street. Outside school I am married with 3 three children and like to read in my spare time as well as spending days out with my family.”