Welcome to Year 4

Click here to view the Year 4 Welcome booklet

Staffing

In Year 4 there are two classes.

In 4J the teacher is Mrs Jones and she is supported by Miss Read.

In 4B the teachers are Mrs Braiden-Smith on Monday to Thursday and Mrs O’Brien on Friday. They are supported by Mrs Lawrence.

If you have any questions or queries, please come and speak to us. We are more than happy to help.


Reading

  • Reading books and diaries should be in school every day and children should be heard read at least three times a week. In Year 4, children can read independently at home. Please initial or sign the record when they have read.
  • Regular reading will be rewarded with stickers and epraise points.

    P.E. Kits and Days

    • P.E. is on a Tuesday and Thursday for both classes.
    • All children need to have their P.E. kit in school which consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and suitable footwear such as trainers. As we will have as many P.E. lessons outside as possible, on colder days they will need to have jogging bottoms or dark coloured leggings as part of their kit.

    Supporting your child at home…

    Home Learning Opportunities

    Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected back in school the following Wednesday. Children who do not complete their homework will be expected to during school hours. 

    This half term’s topics is called Crime and Punishment, a History topic all about how crime and the consequences for it has changed over time, from 1810, to the present day.  

    We also look forward to seeing your child’s Home Learning projects. We will celebrate these in class and we will also share some of the pictures in a school assembly, typically the Monday before the end of the half-term. 

    E-mail: homelearning@catshillfirst.worcs.sch.uk

      Victorian Schooling
      Research what school was like for children of your age in Victorian times. What did their classroom look like? What did they learn and how did they learn things such as number facts? 
      People who make the world better 
      What can you do at home, at school and in your village to make the world better? Make a timeline showing a day where you have done lots of good deeds. What did you do to help?
      Dick Turpin
      Sketch a picture of Dick Turpin on his horse showing the weapons he used to show he was a highwayman.
      Fingerprints 

      Find out about the different types of fingerprints humans have. You could sketch them, or paint them, and describe what they look like. You could try and take the fingerprints of your family members and compare them.
        The Police

      Research how the police were formed and why. Where was the first police force? What did the police do and who was Sir Robert Peel?
       A police officer
      Imagine you could ask a police officer questions about their job. What would you ask? Write a list of questions for them to find out about what they do to stop crimes happening. 
      Suffragettes

      Who were they, what are they known for and why? Who did they make life better for and how? You could draw a picture of a famous suffragette and write about her.
      Prisons
      What were prison buildings like in the past? Draw or make using modelling materials. Perhaps create a design for Hewell Grange which is a local prison near Redditch.

      Maths

      To support your child with their maths here are some helpful hints:

      Every child has a login for our exciting new Times Tables Rockstars software. This allows your child to rehearse their times tables, play against other children and have fun with their Avatar. Please encourage your child to use the software and let us know if you have any problems accessing it.

      To support your child further with their maths in Year 4 here are some more helpful pointers:

      • Our focus this half term will be completing our fractions work and then moving onto Geometry where we will be comparing angles, learning about the properties of shapes and identifying lines of symmetry. 
      • We are also focusing on the times tables with the children with the expectation that all the children will know their times tables, and related division facts by the time they leave Year 4. We are practising all of the times tables with the children to learn them thoroughly. Ask your child to show you the 9 times table trick. Children in the current Year 4 will be sitting their Times Tables Check in June so we have been using the practise materials to help your child to prepare for what the check will look like.
      • Look out for our times tables sheet with the formal methods laid out on that back for your guidance.
      • We will be sending out weekly homework to consolidate learning; if you have any queries regarding this then please come and see your child’s class teacher. Usually the homework is related to that week’s learning but may recap previously taught topics.
      English
      How can you help your child in English? Here are some great ideas:
      • We are supporting a love of reading in the classroom by starting a ten minute period of quiet reading every afternoon. We are also encouraging the children to review the books they are reading and sharing this with their class
      • Our big writing focus for this half term is using prepositions, adverbs and a variety of openers to start our sentences. You can support your child by encouraging them to look for examples of these features in their reading books 
      • We are encouraging the children to write for pleasure at home so please send them in with any writing they complete at home as we love them to share it with their peers