Welcome to Year 4
Also known as...
Welcome to Year 4!
A big welcome back to Phoenix Class and their families.
I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable Christmas and I hope that you have all made some positive New Year's resolutions for the year ahead.
Our topic during Spring 1 is...
Secrets of a Sun King
(Linked to Ancient Egypt)
Within this topic we have a focus on the story itself (written by Emma Carroll), the history of Ancient Egypt and we will also be creating structures in our design technology sessions. Our classroom now features a tomb entrance with hieroglyphics and a cardboard box pyramid! It should be a very fun and engaging topic and I hope the children are looking forward to coming into our Egyptian tomb with real fog, candles and a completely blacked out classroom!
Below are other key dates for your diaries for this half term:
Tuesday 8th January: School opens for Spring 1
Monday 14th January: Role Play Day
Wednesday 15th January: Parents Evening (1pm - 7pm).
Monday 21st January: BIG Write
Monday 28th January: BIG Read
Wednesday 30th January: Coffee Morning
Friday 4th February: Fair Trade Tuckshop
Friday 5th February: National Safer Internet Day
Thursday 7th February: School Discos
Thursday 7th and 8th February: Art Days
Thursday 14th February: Copp's Got Talent
Friday 15th February: Non-Uniform Day and Break Up at 3.15pm
Monday 25th Febraury: School opens for Spring 2
Staff in Phoenix Class
Class Teacher: Mr C Holt
Student Teacher: Mr A Hodge
Teaching Assistant: Mrs G Stone (Mondays)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs H Twigg (Thursdays and PPA Tuesday afternoons)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Mason (Fridays)
*We are always looking for parent / grandparent volunteers to help with reading and classroom jobs, even a couple of hours a week is a huge help, with the promise of tea, coffee and biscuits! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping us in class.*
This year we will be studying the following five topics:
Autumn 1: Danny, the Champion of the World (and the 1950s)
Autumn 2: Once Upon a Time / Beauty and the Beast
Spring1: Ancient Egypt - Journey of a Sun King
Spring 2: Local News
Summer: Shiver Me Timbers!
Maths and English Targets
The Year 4 children have maths and English targets (which are in the back of their relevant books). Please ask your child their current targets as they should know them.
Spelling homework will be given out on a Friday and children must learn the spellings for the following Wednesday. Homework will also include using TTRockstars, Mathletics, Prodigy and Spellodrome on a weekly basis.
Reading Books / Library Books
Reading journals will be given out on a Tuesday and a Friday and they should be brought back in on a Monday and a Thursday in order for us to read with the children and change the books.
At school your child will have the opportunity to read to a member of staff at least three times a week (including our guided reading sessions).
The children will also be able to change their library books once a week during our library slot on a Wednesday afternoon. The children may keep their library books for as long as they like but if it is not in class on Wednesday we will not be able to change it.
Reading, Writing, Reflection and Design Areas:
We have a dedicated reading area in class (please see Class Dojo for photos of our classroom). The reading area has a wide selection of new books and comfy 'blue banana' beanbags.
There is a writing area for two children to work at for extra work on things such as sentence structure, handwriting and SPAG.
We have a reflection area where the children are allowed to spend time reflecting upon anything that has happened in class or at home that week.
We have also recently added an art and design table for the children to use to sketch, paint and build 3D structures.
Before and After School
At the beginning of the school day, before registration (8.40 – 8.55) the children will have different maths, reading and writing activities to complete throughout the year. During our first half term we will have a push on times tables, the children will be able to play games and activities to improve their times tables fluency.
At the end of each school day (3.15 pm) the children will wait in the area outside the top of the KS1 corridor (with all of the other KS2 children). The children will wait in this area until they see who is collecting them, and strictly must not leave through the gate until they do so.
The children will be doing PE twice a week. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit (white t-shirt, shorts, plain tracksuit bottoms, pumps and trainers) in school at all times (and all clearly labelled).
The children may also bring in their own water bottles from in from home, but please make sure that they are labelled also.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me, either after school when collecting your child, on Class Dojo or by arranging an appointment with Mrs Lawrenson if it is something you would like to discuss further. Also, my door is always open and I'm always happy to chat.
Thank you for visiting our class page,