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 continuing swimming lessons on Friday 10th January in the morning. All pupils have received their groupings for the 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 Geography unit, the Lake District. We will be researching features of a national park and looking at effects of climate change and tourism.
In Maths, we will be looking at place value and negative numbers, fractions and decimals. Please practice addition and subtraction methods. 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 Christianity and learning what makes a good leader and why some occasions are sacred to believers. Science is based around moving and growing. 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 as the weather is still cold, 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.
Thank you for all your support over the year and your hard work with your child at home. It really makes a difference.