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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 and Rigel is found in the constellation of Orion.

  Adults working in Year 4 are:

  • Mr C Roberts – Deputy Head and Rigel Class Teacher
  • Mrs M Gulfraz - Rigel Class Teacher
  • Mr J P Hughes –Polaris 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, which are revisited to allow the children to secure their understanding and to apply their existing skills to new tasks.

Information for Parents

  • PE and swimming for Year 4 are on Tuesdays. Please ensure that your children have both kits on those days. Whilst we know  that that means a lot to carry on Tuesdays, Please note that this arrangement has been chosen very carefully, to maximise the amount of time your child has, not only in physical education but also in the other, core subjects with our most experienced teachers.
  • 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’s taught. Although many children are nervous to begin with, swimming lessons do great things for encouraging self-confidence. Any parents with medical concerns should contact school to discuss this and may be required verify medical advice, if their children are unable to participate swimming lessons.
  • Where possible, please send your child in wearing their PE kit on Tuesdays (although we understand the need for warm clothing on cold days) and this will help us make sure that your child spends as much time as possible learning.  It is important that your child does not come to school wearing jewellery or earrings on this day as they will not be able to participate.
  • 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, in order to progress in English.
  • This year, for the first time, Year 4 children will have to complete a statutory test in their times tables, at the end of the school year. More details of this will be forthcoming, as we receive them. 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 brings back 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 from a real, live Roman Warrior, played by real, live historians!

Jorvik Viking Museum: H:ow the Vikings lived in medieval Britain.

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

Mad Science: A school based visit to improve the children's knowledge and enjoyment of science learning, with a particular emphasis on the science of sound.

How parents can help at home

Reading at home: please try 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 – for example, ‘How are you enjoying the book?’ ‘Why do you think a particular character said, or did this’What do you think will happen next?’ …and so on. 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.

Online learning at home:  please ensure that your child is able to access the school online learning resources namely: Success Maker, Maths Factor, Bug Club and DB Primary.  We regularly screen their progress on all their online resources. These programmes can be accessed through the parents' section of the school website.

 

            

Our Class targets are

  • To provide children with interesting opportunities for writing by making cross curricular links where possible
  • To increase the progress of all pupils in Year 4 in all core areas
  • To continue to focus on inference skills in reading
  • To focus on operations and measurements within mathematics and the application of these concepts through problem solving activities.