WELCOME TO YEAR 4
Miss Buchan and Mr O'Gorman would like to welcome you all to Year 4 at Christ Church Junior School.
I would like to explain how Year 4 is organised and also highlight important aspects of our year group.
Mr O'Gorman - Mondrian Class Teacher
Mrs Stannard, Mrs Twidell - Teaching Assistant's Mondrian Class
Miss Buchan - Picasso Class Teacher
Mrs Allen - Teaching Assistant Picasso Class
English will incorporate Creative Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Reading and Comprehension, Speaking-Listening, Drama, Handwriting, Non fiction work and Research Skills. We expect the children to read for a minimum of 10 minutes every evening. Please ensure your child records this in their reading diary and that you sign it accordingly.
Maths will include Mental Arithmetic, Using and Applying Maths, Number Facts, Calculations, Understanding Number, Shape, Measures and Data Handling. We expect children to know all times-tables up to 12 x 12. Please work with your child to learn these vital number facts.
Year 4 topics this year will include: Ancient Egyptians, Rivers, The Roman Empire, Our Planet, Europe & a study of our local area.
We also teach ICT, French, PE, Games, Art, Design and Technology, PHSE, Dance and Music. This year there will be a strong emphasis on Writing
Your child will bring home English and Maths homework books (details in homework section) and a reading diary which will need to come home daily.
PE kits should be left in school as PE takes place regularly during the week. T-shirt, shorts and plimsols for inside PE and tracksuit, t-shirt and trainers for outside PE. No jewellery should be worn, so if your child wears earrings please show them how to remove them. It is also asked that long hair is tied back for PE. Dark track suit bottoms and socks are generally worn for games lessons during the winter months.
We would like your child to bring in the following equipment: pencil, rubber, sharpener, colouring pencils and a handwriting pen (not a biro). It is also important that water bottles are brought in daily.
PLEASE LABEL ALL EQUIPMENT CLEARLY
Homework for Year 4 is crucial. It will be an extension of work done in the classroom and there will be an emphasis on spelling, reading, writing and the reinforcement of mathematical skills. Maths homework will be set every Monday, to be brought back on Wednesday. Similarly, English will be set on a Thursday and returned on a Monday. There may be other Maths homework set online. All year 4 pupils have a login and if they need reminding then they should ask a teacher.
During the year we will plan a number of trips both locally and further afield, such as visiting Canterbury museums and a trip to London, details of which will be available nearer the time. We also take the children swimming at the Ramsgate swimming pool. You will receive a separate letter confirming details of when this will start. These trips can be extremely rewarding and stimulating for your child and any parental help on these trips is always appreciated. A consent form is signed at the beginning of the year, which covers all local trips by foot.
We hope that all children in Year 4 will have the opportunity to develop a responsible and mature attitude towards each other and in their approach to their work. There will be a strong emphasis on each child ‘doing his/her best’ in order to achieve their potential. Our aim is to encourage independence in working yet also promote co-operation in group situations. Good effort and behaviour will be positively reinforced.
In Year 4 we aim to both manage any unacceptable behaviour as well as praising and rewarding excellent work and attitude from pupils.
For children whose actions adversely affect others we have implemented a three stage discipline procedure. The first incident will result in a warning from the child’s class teacher. Should there be a further occurrence during the day, the child will be moved within the class for 5 minutes. The final stage would mean the child sent to a Middle Manager for 30 minutes to think about their behaviour. They will then have to attend a ‘time out’ session during lunchtime play, supervised by the Assistant Head to complete their work, and the Class Teacher will contact home that evening to discuss.
We look forward to being able to reward children for hard work, effort and behaviour at school. Each week class teachers will choose a ‘star of the week’ from their class who will be congratulated during Celebration Assembly. In class a ‘Wise Owl’ is also chosen. This pupil will have made the ‘right’ choices that week and shown an exceptional level of maturity. The school also awards children with a ‘Care, Courtesy and Consideration’ trip three times a year. We will be looking for Year 4 children who demonstrate these qualities to be put forward for these days out. On a daily basis, children will be working towards ‘house points’ as recognition for an excellent piece of work or superb attitude in school.
We are very much looking forward to working with you and your children in the coming year. If, at anytime, you have a query or concern, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.
Thank you for your support.
Miss Buchan and Mr O'Gorman
Year 4 Teachers