Welcome to Mr Taylor's Year 4 Class Page
Welcome Back - It’s going to be a great year!
We have an exciting, new whole school reading incentive we would like to share with you. If your child reads four times a week at home, and this is recorded in their reading record with an adult's signature, then they will be in with a chance of winning a book by Tom Gates at the end of this half term. The books up for grabs are What Monster? and Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans.The monitoring of this will begin on Monday 5th November.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Our topic this term is Earthquakes and Volcanoes. We we be learning all about the structure of the Earth and how movement below our feet can create amazing changes above the ground. We will link this with our work in English and at the end of the term we will write about the amazing achievements of Sir Edmond Hillary.
This term we will be developing our writing skills, through historical story writing. We be using facts linked to the destruction of Pompeii to create our own historical stories. While we will be learning new grammar and writing techniques, it is vitally important that we focus on handwriting and presentation – I wonder who will be first to get their Pen Licence!
We will focus this term on identifying patterns in number and multiplication. We will count on and back in steps of 6, 7,8 and 9 as well as steps of 1000 and 25. As all pupils are required to know their multiplication facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4, this will be a key focus for this term. As a school we use TTRS and we will be celebrating the children’s success in class – please practise at home – as this is the key to knowing these facts inside and out. It is truly amazing how much easier the children find maths when these key facts are learnt.
PS – Parents – Don’t be afraid – you too can learn these facts with your children!
Homework will be set each week on a Tuesday ( to be handed in on the following Monday) and will mostly consist of an English or Maths activity lasting no longer than about 20 minutes, in addition to reading, spelling practice and numberwork on most days. Once or twice a term, we will also embrace opportunities to set more creative homework tasks – so get your glue and paint at the ready!
Please read – Every day!
While I would love all children to read daily - what is most important is that children develop a love of reading and choose to read for pleasure, as a school we encourage children to read for 10-20 minutes on most days. We continue to use AR and I would like pupils to aim to take at least one book quiz per week. Please come and have a chat if you have any questions linked to the AR scheme or would like to know ways to engage your child with reading at home.
We will be learning spellings daily in school with a test once a week on a Friday. These words will be linked to the year 4 spelling patterns as well as the year 3/4 NC required word lists. See links below.
We will have PE twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that PE kit is in school at the start of each term.