Welcome to Year 4!
The Year 4 teachers this year are Miss Davis who teaches Swallow class and Miss Campbell who teaches Swift class. We are really looking forward to teaching the enthusiastic and hard-working children that make up the year group for Year 4 this year. Another adult who Year 4 would not be complete without is Stella, our fantastic LSA, who shares our excitement for the year ahead! Stella works across the year 4 classes in the morning supporting lots of groups of children in their learning and with smaller groups in the afternoons from across the year group.
We are joined by Miss Stevens (our P.E teacher), Victoria in the Hub, and Ms Sokoni who will be supporting us on a Thursday afternoon while we plan the exciting learning for the following week.
If you ever need to speak to us about anything, big or small, please come and find us on the playground or phone the office to make an appointment (better for the big things!).
The children will be mathematicians and writers every day for an hour per session. We will be developing our reading skills during two dedicated weekly sessions as well as regular free reading, handwriting, arithmetic and spelling practice. There will also be three weekly enquiry sessions.
This year we will be teaching writing around various texts which fit into our enquiries. We will be challenging the children to writing a large piece of writing of a different genre every week such as non-chronological reports, diaries, stories and poems. We have high expectations for the quality of writing produced in year 4 and we are looking forward to seeing the creative outcomes.
We will have dedicated reading lessons twice in which we will focus on inference, retrieval and response questions. We will be encouraging the children to become the best readers that they can be.
Children can change books on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The children can borrow 2 books; we would prefer that they took one banded and one free reading book. We have an electronic lending system which the children can operate themselves during free reading sessions. Miss Davis and Miss Campbell will prompt children to change their books in these sessions.
This year at Hannah More we have a brand new approach the wider curriculum. We will be Musicians, Artists, Philosophers, Geographers, Historians, Engineers, Athletes, and Scientists. Each unit will be based around an enquiry question which we will investigate over a number of weeks.
Our first Enquiry will be ‘What is the difference between noise and sound?’ We will be being Scientists, Engineers and Musicians- we will be having Ukulele lessons in terms 1 and 2!
Miss Stevens (our school's sport coach) will deliver PE every Thursday afternoon. We will also be swimming, but not until term 4 and 5. On Thursdays, it would be super helpful if children came to school wearing their school uniform with their PE kit in a bag. They will change into this in before lunch. Their PE kit needs to either be a house t-shirt in their relevant colour which can be purchased from the office, or any t-shirt in the colour of the house they are in.
School starts promptly at 8.45 when we start the register and children are dismissed at 3.15 on the playground.
Homework will be set every Thursday and should be handed back in every Monday. As the children are old enough to manage themselves now, we will expect all homework returned or children may have to find time during break or lunch to complete it.
They will be set arithmetic, spelling, handwriting and occasionally enquiry. The homework may, at times, appear challenging but we strongly encourage parents to support their child's learning at home and to talk through difficult homework with children. As the children are getting older and more independent, it is important that they become used to regularly completing challenging homework. If children need further help, then homework club runs after school every Thursday.