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Year Four - Classes Polaris and Rigel

Teacher welcome

Year 4 consists of two classes – Class Polaris and Class Rigel, which are both named after stars in the night sky. Polaris (also known as the North Star) is the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor.  Rigel is found in the constellation of Orion.

  Teachers working in Year 4 are:

  • Mrs S Daji – Polaris Class Teacher
  • Miss A Gokalia- Polaris Class Teacher
  • Mrs Q Ustrana - Rigel Class Teacher

Year 4 is very much about depth of learning and independence. There is a great deal of new content in the curriculum, but there are also some familiar concepts from Year 3 and Key Stage 1.  These concepts are revisited to allow the children to secure their understanding and to apply their existing skills to new tasks.

Information for Parents

  • PE for Year 4 is on Wednesday. Please ensure that your children have the appropriate PE kit on this day.
  • Swimming takes place on Tuesday afternoons. Children must bring a swimming costume or trunks (no shorts), a towel and a swimming cap. For safety reasons, no jewellery, including earrings, is allowed during swimming lessons. Please note that swimming is a part of the National Curriculum and schools are required by law to ensure that it is taught. Although many children are nervous to begin with, swimming lessons  help encourage self-confidence.  
  • Spellings are handed out periodically, usually at the start of a half term. The lists are broken down into week by week targets and form an essential part of your child’s homework.  Please help your child to learn their spellings each week –they’ll be tested every week and will need to know the National Curriculum spellings up to Year 4.
  • At the end of the school year, Year 4 children will have to complete a statutory test in their times tables. More details of this will follow. In the meantime, it is vital that your children learn their tables up to 12x12, with a high degree of fluency. This, like spellings, is an ongoing part of your child’s homework and will be tested each week.
  • Reading books from the school library and from our reading areas will be given during the week. We aim to change books on Tuesday mornings. Please ensure your child returns their reading book(s) once they have finished reading it.

Our class rules and rewards

We expect children to attend school regularly and on time. Our school day begins at 8:45 am and finishes at 3:15 pm.

We have a set of class rules which we expect all children to follow. These are:

  • Listen when the teacher and others are talking.
  • Put our hand up to answer or ask a question.
  • Keep our classroom tidy and respect all property.
  • Concentrate and finish our work on time.

We operate the same behaviour management strategies that the children are already familiar with, including the 'Good to be Green' behaviour scheme. The children have the opportunity to earn individual and group rewards for their behaviour in class, at lunchtime, around school and beyond.

Aside from English and Maths, children are seated in mixed ability tables.

Upcoming and exciting events

Our school trips and experiences are currently linked to our Creative Curriculum and Science topics.  Amongst the experiences we have planned are:

Roman Warrior- A visit to Royal Armouries to learn all about Boudicca.

Murton Park: An outdoor educational experience to improve the children's fieldwork and geographical skills.

Eureka: An interactive museum where children will take part in the workshop,  'From the chew to the poo.'  The children will follow the fascinating journey of a banana sandwich from the moment it is chewed! 

How parents can help at home

Reading at home: please aim to read with your child at least 3 times a week. The most important (and enjoyable) part of reading with your child is that in which you talk about the book for a little while afterwards.  You can find some example questions under the 'Helping with...' section of the 'Parents' page located at the top of the screen.  Questions like these promote the higher reading skills which are increasingly the focus of your child’s learning as they progress through school.

Times tables at home: As mentioned above, aim to help your child to become fluent in their multiplication tables up to the 12 times table. This will be monitored regularly by timed multiplication activities.

            

Our Class targets are:

  • To achieve 85% expected or better progress in reading, writing and maths
  • To increase the percentage of children achieving 'Silver' in reading
  • To increase the percentage of children achieving 'Gold'
  • Times tables and arithmetic test