Welcome to Year 4: Silver Birch

The teacher in Class 4 is Mr Edwards. Mrs Spence, Ms Thomas and Miss Moore also support and teach in our class to help with all areas of our learning.

Wow! What an incredible learning journey we have embarked on this year and we've still so much more to discover before the summer holidays! Please see the school Twitter feed @Firbeck Primary for snapshots of just some of the incredible learning happening this year both inside the classroom and out and about on exciting trips!

  • Our Enquiry topic before Christmas was based around the topic of the Circus. We had a visit from a real circus and even made a Big Top in our classroom thanks to the University of Nottingham Engineering Department!

  • Our History topic in the Spring term was the Aztecs and explores this fascinating civilisation of Mesoamerica. We will also be looking at the history of Chocolate and how it is made – from bean to bar. Our learning culminated in a trip to a real life chocolate factory - Cadbury World in Bourneville, Birmingham!

  • Our Geography topic this term is 'The Forces of Nature' and we have been linking all curriculum areas to natural disasters wherever possible. Please see our current Y4 Curriculum Map for Summer Term 2018-19 below:

All of our curriculum maps attached (in the sidebar) will provide you with an outline of some of the exciting subjects and topics we have covered in Class 4 throughout this year 2018-19.

Reminders

As a reminder, children must line up on the playground from 8.45 with the bell for the start of school ringing at 8.50. Morning break is at 10:15-10:30 so please can you either provide your child with a mid-morning snack or money for toast/drink.

PE

PE will take place every Monday PM and Tuesday AM. Please ensure that children have their PE kits in school on all days as PE sessions may take place during none scheduled days. PE kits consist of black shorts, a white top (no logo please), suitable trainers or pumps and all jewelry must be removed. Children should have a pair of plain black jogging bottoms or leggings and a fleece for our outdoor sessions.

Homework

Year 4 children will be given a piece of Maths and English homework every Friday. The expectation is these tasks will be completed over the weekend and returned to school on Monday morning. In addition, Year 4 Spellings will be sent home each Friday and a test will be carried out the following Friday. Please assist your child in learning these age-related spellings since spelling is a big priority in Primary assessments.

Maths homework will be directly linked to the work covered that week so the children should be familiar with the area of maths. A crucial part of our daily maths work will be learning all of the times tables up to 12x12.

Times Tables Rock Stars

Please encourage times table practice at home too! As a school, we have subscribed to the fantastic Times Table Rock Stars and your child has been issued with a website/app account and login. It is totally free and is an excellent resource to help your child learn and rapidly recall multiplication and corresponding division facts. Please click the link below to access the website, there is also a free app available to download.

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/22480

Reading

I would also like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of children reading for at least 20 minutes every day. Reading is vital for your child’s success and it helps enormously in their writing.

Planners

In order for us to monitor and inform you of reading, homework tasks and school events, each child has been issued with a personal planner. It is an easy and effective way for us to communicate. Please sign the Home/School agreement. Please check your child’s planner on a regular basis.

Children must look after their planners because if they lose/damage them, a new one will be issued at a cost of £3.

Any further questions?

If you have any further questions or worries, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can catch me at the end of the day, as I dismiss your child if you would like to have a word face to face.

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