Holmgate Primary School And Nursery

Welcome to Year 4

Teachers

The adults working in Y4 are Mrs Guy, Mrs Peace and Miss Ridley.

Mrs Peace, supported by Miss Ridley, will cover Mrs Guy's management time every Monday.

Ash will be in every Thursday afternoon teaching PE

Mr Butcher will be in Y4 every alternate Tuesday, covering Mrs Guy's PPA time and will be teaching French, PE and RE.

Our Learning

Our project this term is 'Is there really no place like home?'  As part of this topic we will explore and locate world countries using maps to focus on Europe, specifically England and Italy.  The children will compare these countries, identify famous landmarks and describe them.  They will also compare the population and climate of these focus countries, identifying tectonic plates and volcanic activity specifically around Italy.  Our project will centre around three concept words: strength, community and tradition.  The children will be exploring what these words mean and making links between these words and their learning.

Spelling Shed

This year we will continue to use Spelling Shed for the teaching of spellings. Every Friday, children will continue to be tested on their spellings and be given new spellings for the following week.  These spellings can then be practised by playing games online and earning points.

Your child's Spelling Shed login can be found in the first page of their Reading Record Book.

Reading

Reading is still a key part of our curriculum and children should be encouraged to read at home as much as possible.

Even though your child is in Y4, listening to them read is still as important as ever as it helps them to improve their fluency and intonation when reading.  In order to develop your child's comprehension skills as well as reading skills, please discuss the text and ask questions about what they have read.

Please listen to your child read at least three times a week and record it in their Reading Record Book.

Times Tables

All children are expected to know all of the times tables by the end of Y4 and will sit a statutory times table test in June 2023.  In previous years the children have covered 2,3,4,5,8 and 10 times tables.  We will begin by recapping and chanting these before learning the remaining times tables.  Please encourage your child to chant and recite the times tables as much as possible for a more rapid recall.  TT Rockstars is great for this and login details can be found in the front of your child's Reading Record Book.

PE

Children should come into school wearing their PE kit on PE days.

Y4 have PE every Thursday with Ash

They also have PE every other Tuesday with Mr Butcher.  This starts on Tuesday 20th September.

Seesaw

We will be using Seesaw again this year to set work for children and as a link between school and home. Parents / Carers can also access Seesaw to see some of the work that the children have been completing during lesson time and can support them with their learning.