Welcome to Year 4

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you’ve had chance to enjoy the sunshine and lighter evenings.

English - I have spent some of my time looking at books that will really hook Year 4 in over the next half term, and I’m very excited to introduce them to the class.

We will be focusing on 2 books: The Dot and The Legend of Podkin One-Ear – and I fully expect each of them to have a long-lasting effect on your young readers.

Reading – In school, will be linked to the books already mentioned. At home, children are expected to read at least 4 times per week and bring their diaries each week on Fridays. Early reading and regular reading has been linked to future success - so it quite literally pays to be a frequent and able reader.

Maths – this half term we are going to revisit some core elements of maths – focusing on the four operations and supporting that learning with bar models. If you’d like to find out more you can view a a great explanation of what they are, here.

Furthermore, we’ll also be reviewing fractions including 10ths, 100ths and their equivalent decimals.

Pre-Covid, your child should have been sitting a national times table test with the expectation that they know their times tables up to 12x12 and can answer any multiplication question within 6 seconds. TT Rockstars is still available to use at home, and is a more interesting way to practice times tables knowledge than just reciting them. https://play.ttrockstars.com/

Topic - We began looking at World War One near the end of last half term and will continue to do look more into this topic this half term.

Science – We will be investigating sound. How it is made, how it's affected and also how to make things soundproof.

I very much look forward to working more closely with you to support your child achieve their potential. If you have any concerns or questions – please get in touch.

Best Wishes and Stay Safe

Carl Bown

Year 4 Teacher

August 2021

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