Year 4

Welcome from Mrs Philbrook and Miss Lewis

Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to present their work in interesting ways that encourage creativity and motivate pupils. (Ofsted 2018)

Although homework at Primary School is not compulsory, we believe that it is an important part of a child’s school life.

  • It provides great opportunities for them to learn independently.
  • It allows children to take responsibility for their learning; setting time aside and being organised – a valuable tool when moving through Key Stage 2 and onto secondary school.
  • Reinforces and consolidates classroom learning.
  • Provides opportunities for parents and children to enjoy learning together.
  • Inspires children to want to extend their learning.

Maths
Every Thursday, one or more tasks will be set on MyMaths  (http://www.mymaths.co.uk) for your child to complete by the following Wednesday. This will relate to the work they have been doing in class that week. It will either support their learning or provide an extension to what they have learnt already. Your child will be asked to learn a times table each week.
Additional maths homework may be set from time to time to support personalised learning.
If your child is unable to complete their My Maths homework at home, there are opportunities throughout the week at lunch times for this to be completed. For Year 4, this is a Wednesday lunch time.

Times Tables
Children will need to practice their times tables each week. Each child will have a different times table that they will be focusing on. Here is a helpful link for you to use with your child to help them practice. Further down the page is a link to YouTube with a good times tables song.

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Spellings 
Spelling homework will be sent home each week as well. These are linked to the Read Write Inc spelling programme that is followed in school. Your child will be set a list of words of varying lengths each week to practise as well as writing out a definition for the word and including the word in a sentence.
As well as this, Jumping Orange Words will be set. These are from the Year 3 and 4 Curriculum list of words. A list of 6 of these will be sent home each week. These should be practiced in the same way as the other spelling words.
The spelling test and the times tables test will be on Friday morning.

Reading
Children should read daily for 10 minutes every evening if possible. Please record a comment in your child’s homework book so we can keep track of their reading.
Guided reading sessions now take place during the school day, to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to read at least once a week with adult support.

All groups will have a guided reading session each week.

Topic
A Take Home Task will be set each term which links to the topic for that term.

Further Guidance on Homework
Homework should never cause unnecessary stress or anxiety for the child or parent. Please let the class teacher know if you feel this is the case. We recommend that children in Yr 3 and 4 do not spend longer than 30 – 40 minutes in any one homework session.

Please encourage your child to take pride in the good presentation of their homework.

Many thanks for your cooperation,

Mrs Philbrook

What we’ve been doing in Year 4 – Click on the picture  to see full slide show

Art – Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
History – A trip to Preston Manor
Take Home Task – Victorian Garden
Our first Wild Beach day

John Muir Award

For our final Wild Beach day, which marked the end of our John Muir Award project, Year 4 invited parents/carers to join us in the afternoon. As part of this award we had to discover, explore, conserve and share knowledge about a wild area.
In the morning, the children chose which activities they would like to share with their family. Despite the inclement, blustery weather, we attempted to erect shelters (which unfortunately could not withstand the wind!) and we were determined to fit in a last session of rock pooling. During the rock pooling, we were delighted to see a rare starfish and were fortunate enough to observe sea slugs laying eggs! We also wanted to share what we had learnt about the strand line and the clues it provides about life on the beach. In addition, some children did another litter pick to show the different types of pollution discovered on the beach.
It was a great afternoon – parents took part in litter picking, stone tapping, chalk painting, rock-pool creature observation, strand line museum information sessions, rock creature creation and had a good look through the children’s Wild beach folders. At the end of the day, children were awarded their John Muir certificates. Thank you so much Katie (Sussex Wildlife Trust) for all the knowledge you have shared with us. We had a wonderful time!

History – Stone Age Experience at Ashdown Forest
Cricket Festival
Pizza Making – Stunning Start to our Swords and Sandals topic