Sycamore Class - Year 4
Welcome to the Sycamore webpage!
Welcome to Year 4. Your class teacher is Mrs Dykes.On Wednesdays, Mrs Woodward and Mr Huxley will teach Maths, PE and PSHE.Year 4 pupils will also have Spanish on a Wednesday morning, building on the skills already learnt in Year 3. Mrs Ryder will teach Sycamore class on Thursdays. Mrs Carlton, our TA will be working with us for most of the week and supporting pupils during our Music lessons on Wednesday afternoons.
Year 4 is a very busy year with lots of exciting things happening. We will be starting swimming lessons on Friday 13th September in the morning with everyone attending for an assessment week. All pupils will then receive their groupings for either the Autumn or Spring term. Swimming is part of the National Curriculum and children are expected to be able to swim 25 metres by the end of Year 6 to achieve the standard. Please ensure that your child always has the appropriate kit - swimming costume / trunks, swimming hat, goggles ( if required) and towel. Children will not have time for showers so no deodorant / shower gel is required. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Dykes or Mrs Ryder.
On Wednesdays, we have instrumental lessons with Mr Cull and we are learning how to play the cornet or baritone horn. I am sure that you will be amazed how quickly the children pick it up! We are hoping at the end of term, that we will be able to present a short concert to all Year 4 parents to show the skills they have learnt this year. Please help them by practising any pieces which are sent home.
As you know, your child will be taking part in the Multiplication Check In June 2020. It is very important that they practice their times tables nightly. We will be completing weekly times tables tests as well as working on TT Rockstars. There will be prizes and rewards at the end of the year for the most improved, highest scores etc. and we know that everyone can do it! Please support your child in practising!
Our topics this term:
This term our focus is our History unit, the Ancient Greeks. We will be studying Greece as a place, as well as the language, history and culture of Ancient Greek times.
In Maths, we will be looking at place value, number, including addition and subtraction and using more formal methods. Please practice rounding to 10,100 and 100 ad then we are moving on to rounding to 0.1! Across all of our maths work, we will be problem solving and reasoning. Mrs Woodward will spend Wednesday morning building our reasoning skills, which will help us solve day to day problems.
In Religious Education, we will be studying Islam and learning more about different cultures and religions . Science is based around our teeth, with a particular focus on ourselves. We will be completing different investigations to find out more about our teeth.
So what else do you need to know?
Homework will be given out on a Friday, to be returned on Wednesdays.
Spellings will be handed out on Friday, with the test on the following Friday. Pupils are grouped for spellings so these will vary throughout the year but the tests will always be on a Thursday.
Cornets / Baritone horns must be brought into school on Wednesdays, in preparation for the lesson and returned home at night.
Please remember that when the weather cools down, children will need a coat. It is also really important that they have a full PE kit, ( including school tracksuit and trainers) as they will be outdoors in every weather. This really helps us as we want to make the most of our fantatsic outdoor environment.
If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact myself ( Mrs Dykes) or any of the Year 4 team any night after school or please make an appointment for Wednesdays or Thursdays with the school office. It was lovely to meet so many of you at the Meet the Teacher evening as we get to know our families.
Thank you for all your support over the year and your hard work with your child at home. It really makes a difference.