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Year Four - Classes Polaris and Rigel

Teacher welcome

Hello and welcome to Year 4! Year 4 comprises Classes Polaris and Rigel which are both named after  stars in the night sky. Polaris 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 A R Bismillah - Rigel Class Teacher
  • Mr J P Hughes – Assistant Head/ 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 for Year 4 is on Monday afternoons. Please ensure your child has a labelled PE kit in school for this day.  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 at the start of each half term. The list will comprise of 6   spelling lists. A list for each week of the half term.  Please help your child to learn their spellings each week.
  • Homework will be given out every Thursday and must be completed by the following    Monday.
  • Reading books will be sent home during the week. Please ensure your child brings back their reading book(s) once they have finished reading it.
  • Swimming takes place on Tuesdays. The girls go swimming in the mornings and the boys in the afternoons. Children must bring a swimming costume or trunks (no shorts), a towel and a swimming cap. No jewellery, including earrings, is allowed during swimming lessons.

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.  Amonst the experiences we have planned are::

Roman Warrior- A visit from a real, live Roman Warrior, played by real, live historians!

Thackray Medical Museum – A trip backwards in time to find out how the Victorians slowly came to realise how disease spread amongst their communities and how they dealt with it.

Jorvik Viking Museum: How the Vikings lived in medieval Britain.

America Day – a themed day in the classroom exploring North American food and culture – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Yorkshire Water treatment plant:  this will give the children a greater understanding of ‘the dangers to living things’ as well as embedding their knowledge about the fundamental need for fresh clean water, which they will learn about during the science topic of ‘human nutrition’.

How parents can help at home

Reading at home: please try to read with your child at least 3 times a week. Reading books from the school library and from our reading areas will be given during the week (we aim to change the books every Tuesday and Friday). Please ensure your child brings back their reading book(s) once they have finished reading it.

Times tables at home: please 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.