Welcome to St Martin De Porres and St Francis of Assisi
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 and that is fantastic but please don’t discourage them from reading picture books or books that you perceive to be too easy for them. It can be tempting to encourage your child to read heavier texts because their word reading is very good, but it is really important that the children understand and enjoy the books they read.
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.
Maths - We will begin by looking at place value and addition and subtraction. We teach using “mastery maths” at Our Lady of Grace. This means that the children learn about maths in greater depth. Please find attached National Curriculum expectations of children at the end of Year 4.
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.
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 comes to school dressed in their P.E kit on a Thursday. They will not be able to change due to the current situation.
Please ensure children are wearing the full school uniform – refer to the school website. Ensure all uniform is clearly labelled including school bags and PE kits. Children must have an OLOG t-shirt, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.
Homework – We set homework on Friday’s and this should be handed in on Wednesday’s. Homework will usually consist of spellings (for a test on Friday) and a short piece of English and Maths. This will be based on learning carried out during the week in class. Home work 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 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.
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. (We have noticed that the children can be very hungry, especially as they will now have lunch at the later time of 12.30pm.
In keeping with social distancing rules parents will not be able to speak with teachers in the morning and at the end of the day which has been the case over the years. To ensure that communication with us continues parents can send emails to the class teachers on issues relating to academic matters alone. All other queries or issues should be sent to the school email as usual. Teachers will respond to emails after school between the hours of 3:10 pm and 5 pm. Any email sent on Friday after school will be responded on Monday.
Teacher: Mrs Hall
Teacher: Miss Grogan
School email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Hall & Miss Grogan