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Year 4 - Beech & Maple Classes

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 - Beech & Maple Classes

The teacher for Beech Class this academic year is Mr Domonic Cooper.

The teacher for Maple Class this academic year is Miss Amelia Gough

Together, we will teach your children throughout this year, with the assistance of Mrs Sarah Coldwell

Our PPA cover teachers are Mrs Andrea Van de Velde (Maple) and Mrs Lou Pritchard (Beech). 

The School Day

Our School day looks a little different during Covid restrictions.

Please use the turning circle to line up in your allocated line and wait for your teacher to arrive.  Please use the hand sanitizer provided before entering the building.

We have a one way system in place and our school days varies from other classes.

8:40 start and pick up is 3pm unless your Year 4 child has siblings in FS, Year 1, 2, 5 and 6 and then collection is made when these children leave school

Reading

 

In Year 4 we want your children to enjoy the freedom of reading.  Therefore, we encourage your children to read as often as possible and vary their reading material.  There are plenty of amazing books in our school library and in our classrooms.

Although we do not formally check your child's reading book, we do discuss with the children what they are reading to monitor understanding and would be grateful if you would do the same.

Some children will continue to read banded books.

PE

Each class has an outdoor PE lesson and an indoor PE session.

 

Year 4 have outdoor games on a Monday afternoon and therefore should come to school wearing their PE kit.  Please make sure that it is appropriate for outdoor use and suitable for the time of year.  We strongly encourage they have a drinks bottle with them for this session

Water bottles and Snack

We are proud to have achieved a healthy school award and as part of this we encourage all children in Key Stage 2 to bring a healthy snack of either fruit or vegetables to eat at break time.

Children are also encouraged to bring in their own, labelled, water bottle which they have access to throughout the day. 

Home Learning

All home learning can be accessed via Teams

Spellings Homework

Spellings homework is issued on a termly basis.  Each week spellings follow a common spelling pattern focus as well as also including words from the statutory Y4 spelling list. Spelling is tested on a Wednesday morning.

 

 

Maths Homework

Maths homework is issued on a weekly basis.  It is handed out on a Friday and checked in class the following Friday. 

 

We like to give the children additional topic learning to be done at home. A quick reminder to read your Year 3 and 4 newsletter about the homework project for this term.

Communication

Both Mr Cooper and Miss Gough are always available to talk to about any issues or concerns that you may have throughout the year. You are always welcome to come and speak to us at the end of the school day (please try and avoid Wednesday's though as this is our teacher meeting time) or alternatively we can be contacted via our school e-mails on:

DCooper@stnicholaschantryschool.org.uk

AGough@stnicholaschantryschool.org.uk

 

Parent Helpers

We are always grateful for parent helpers within our class. If you can spare an afternoon to hear some children read or help with some class cooking, when needed, please don’t hesitate to let me know. All classroom helpers will need to have a DBS check which can be carried out via the office.  

Due to restrictions at the moment we are unable to have any parent helpers at the moment

Inset Days

This year’s planned inset days are as follows:

  • September 1 2020
  • September 2 2020
  • October 23 2020
  • February 12 2021

Trips

We thoroughly enjoy taking the children off site to enhance their learning. Dates and further information to follow!

What will we be learning this term?

 This term, we are learning all about Europe.

Term 3 will focus on Countries, cities, monuments and places of interest throughout Europe.  Also keep an eye out for our Eurovision competition

Term 4 will focus on Geography: looking at compass work, volcanoes, rivers and mountains

Teams

Please visit this regularly for home learning and general information. 

 Newsletters

Newsletters will be sent via Teams

Curriculum Information

Maths:

English:

Book Blog

Welcome to our Year 4  Book Blog. This is where we will share some of the great books that we have been reading.

Lots of us have enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books. Here are some other recommendations for children who like adventure stories:

"Ingo by Helen Dunmore - when I read this book I loved it! I love the Sea and the Mer but the only problem with it is that you can't put it down. I recommend it to 8-11 year olds who like mystery and adventures. I haven't read the next book but I can't wait to read it." 

"Legend of Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood - I would like to recommend this book for people who like a bit of adventure and fighting. It is a land of rabbits but they are not little cute bunnies, they are fierce. There are two books, the first is Legend of Podkin One Ear and the second is The Secret of Dark Hollow."

"The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis - I recommend this for children who are 10 years or over. It's very adventurous."

"ITCH by Simon Mayo - I recommend this book for Year 4 children and upwards who are science fans. There are 3 books in the series. The first is called ITCH, the second is Itch Rocks and the third is Itch Craft. It is about a person called Itch who finds a 126th radioactive element. Itch makes it safe but then people have to concrete up the building. Warning: not for the squeamish!

A lot of children in our class enjoy funny books such as the books by David Walliams and the Wimpy Kid series. Here are some other recommendations for funny books:

"Radio Boy by Christian O'Connell - I would recommend Radio Boy because it's full of adventure and is very descriptive. I would consider this for children from 8 - 12. Spike, who is the main character, gets fired from his hospital radio show and tries to make a secret show in his shed but he gets carried away. Also, it is quite funny."

 "Tom Gates by Liz Pichon - I recommend Tom Gates to people who like fun, silly diaries of people. It is about Tom and the rest of his family. Also it is about Tom's band with his best friends, Derek, Finley and Norman. Norman goes crazy whenever he eats sweets or sugar. In their band, Derek is on the keyboard, Norman plays the drums and Tom plays the guitar. Tom is really good at drawing and he has an older sister, Delia. Delia is really grumpy. Derek has no brothers or sisters but he has a dog, Rooster, who is tiny. Norman has a brother. In Tom's class at school, his teacher Mr Fullerman has really big eyes. Tom sits next to the most annoying kid in his school. Marcus Meldrew! Marcus is really nosy and cheats at tests. Tom is in class 5F at Oakfield School."

"Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis -this is a series of books which is good for fans of The Wimpy Kid and if you find reading hard. It is a about a kid who has a spy agency and he also has a polar bear.