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Year Four

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and a very warm welcome to Year 4. We hope that this letter will give you the  information you need to support your child during their first term in Year 4.

Reading – As you will know by now, promoting a love of reading is a hugely important part of our school.  We expect the children to read at least three times a week with an adult at home and for this to be recorded in the reading record book.  Children need to bring their reading book and record into school EVERY DAY. Some children may now be confident readers which is fantastic and it be tempting to encourage your child to read heavier texts because their word reading is very good. However, it is really important that the children understand and enjoy the books they read. Please ensure that you check your child’s understanding of the text and look up unknown vocabulary together when you read together at home.

English – In English we will be developing grammar, spelling and handwriting and the children will produce creative writing based on the book, “Gorilla”, by Anthony Browne. Later on in the term, we will be debating the issue of keeping animals in zoos. It may be interesting to talk to your child about this issue and find out their views.

Maths - We will begin by looking at place value followed by addition and subtraction. We teach using “mastery maths” at Our Lady of Grace.  This means that the children learn about maths in greater depth. They will be encouraged to use manipulatives in class to support their reasoning. It is very important that your child is practising their times tables on a regular basis at home.

R.E – We will continue to follow the school Religious Education curriculum ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’. Our first topic will be ‘The Bible.’ You may like to talk with your child about our Christian community.

Science – This half term we will be looking at Animals Including Humans and after half term we will be exploring States of Matter.

Humanities – We will be studying Crime and Punishment through the ages in History. We will be re-enacting a court scene and encouraging the children to role play as a judge, witness, member of the jury etc.

P.E. – Year 4 will have P.E. every Thursday. P.E. lessons are delivered by Mr Maher a specialist P.E. teacher.  We don’t want children to miss any of these fantastic sessions so please ensure that your child brings the appropriate P.E kit to school. Children will now be getting changed for P.E before the lesson in school, so they should arrive in school uniform on a Thursday. Children must have an OLOG t-shirt, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls. 

Please refer to the school website for school uniform information and ensure that all uniform is labelled. If your child has long hair please tie it back with a plain red, black or white hair band. Children are not permitted to wear hair beads, shaved patterns in their hair or wear any jewellery.

Homework – We set homework on Friday and this should be handed in on Tuesday.  Homework will usually consist of spellings (for a test on Friday) and a short piece of English or Maths.  This will be based on learning carried out during the week in class.  Homework should not take more than 30 minutes and is intended to be helpful not stressful!  We encourage parents to write in their child’s homework book and to let us know if there are any problems.  Parents must sign the homework book every week please.

Please note that KS2 children are not part of the free school fruit and vegetable programme, so you might like to send in a piece of fruit or vegetables for a snack at morning playtime. Please could children also bring in a water bottle each day.

We are really excited about the term and year ahead and are looking forward to working with you to ensure your child reaches their full potential.

If you have any queries or need to get in contact with us, please send an email to the address below:

School email: sao@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Miss Grogan and Miss Hill Class Teachers