Year 4 Term 3 newsletter
Welcome to Term 3! It was lovely to see you at the end of our Roman day for the museum exhibit and hope that you had a relaxing Christmas break.
For the first few weeks we are exploring our Human body topic, including the skeleton, muscles, the digestive system, teeth and more; lots of hands on experiments and investigations.
Following that, we will begin our Chocolate topic, with the aim to produce some yummy chocolate products just in time for Easter! We will be investigating what people like about chocolate as well as researching packaging, advertising, recipes and more. We will create prototypes and eventually create a unique recipe for chocolate, yum! If you have any expertise in this area, we would love to have you in to do a talk with the children!
Spanish cultural day
We will be having our annual Spanish cultural day again soon, where the Year 4's focus will be exploring the country Cuba. If you have any knowledge/experience of any Spanish speaking country, we would love to hear from you.
This term both Cypress and Acacia will have PE on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons with Mr O, our Sports Coach. Please can you ensure your child brings in an outdoor PE kit for these sessions, including sensible footwear and that these items are clearly named.
How you can help at home: Reading, Spellings and Times tables are a priority
There continues to be an expectation that your child is reading daily, both independently and reading out loud. Comprehension style questions for you to ask alongside their reading are available on the school website. As well as their level books, children are able to access the school library where they have a selection of chapter books to choose from. Reading journals are still ongoing, with an aim to encourage reading and reading of a range of different genres. We would love to have parent volunteers in order to hear children read! If you have availability, we would really appreciate it.
Home learning is given out on a Thursday, expected back on the following Tuesday. Spelling challenges will be given weekly, and these spellings will be sent home so your child can practise.
Weekly times tables challenges will be given a priority over the next few months and we would be grateful if you could continue to test your child on them regularly. Their personal times tables target will be sent home weekly or fortnightly. By the end of year 4, children are expected to have learnt all of their tables (10x, 2x, 5x, 3x, 4x, 8x, 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x and 12x).
If you would like to meet with us for an informal chat, we are available most days after school. Please leave a message at the school office so we can arrange a good time to meet. Please feel free to leave any morning messages with a member of staff who is out in the playground, who will be happy to pass them on to the relevant teachers. Alternatively, you can leave a message in the school office. If there are any changes to home time arrangements, then please let us know earlier in the day. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Year 4 team
For further details of our current curriculum focus, visit the Curriculum section of our website
Take a look at the pictures below to see what we've been doing in class recently.