Welcome to Miss Westcott's Year 4 Class Page :-)
Spring Term 2019
Welcome back to term 3, it promises to be a fun packed and busy time.
We are all looking forward to continuing with our learning and working on this terms theme of aspirations. Class Assemblies also start this term where we will be inviting parents in to share our learning. In the final three weeks, we have our swimming sessions. Please ensure that your child brings their kit and a towel to school everyday.
This term, we will be continuing to encourage the children to read with the whole school reading incentive. 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. This term our focus author is Enid Blyton and the books up for grabs are from The Magic Faraway Tree Collection.
Many thanks for your continued support.
This term we will be developing our writing skills through fantasy story writing. We will be using a range of popular fantasy stories, including Harry Potter and The Lego Movie, to explore fantasy settings and to write our own stories. While we will be learning new grammar and writing techniques, it is vitally important that we continue to focus on handwriting and presentation – A massive well done to those children who have already got their Pen Licence!
We will focus this term on equivalent fractions and decimals. The children will learn to recognise and represent families of common equivalent fractions, then move into tenths and hundredths, to be able to order, compare and round decimals. As all pupils are required to know their multiplication facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4, this will also 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!
There is a link to the TTRS website at the bottom of the page.
This term we are going to be developing our skills as artists through the work of Vincent Van Gogh. We will be using pencils and charcoal to learn about shading techniques and how to create tone and texture in our work. In computing, we will be building on our coding skills, programming responses to create AI bots.
Homework will be set each week on a Tuesday and will be due in the following Monday, it will mostly consist of an English or Maths activity lasting no longer than about 20 minutes. This will be in addition to reading, spelling practice and numberwork which children should partake in at home 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 try to 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 quiz per week. Please come and have a chat if you have any questions linked to the AR scheme or of ways to engage your child with reading at home.
We will be learning spelling 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. Please help your children to practise their spellings at home everyday, it really does help! See link below for the year 3/4 spelling list.
We will have PE twice a week on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that PE kit is in school every day!
We are all looking forward to the term ahead and know that we will have a fantastic time. Please be assured that if you have any questions or concerns we will always be willing to listen and will do our best to ensure that your child is happy in school.