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 week off - trick or treating and celebrating bonfire night.
Our topic during Autumn 2 is...
Beauty and the Beast
Within this topic we have a focus on the story itself, France and famous castles. Our classroom now features a rose entrance, characters from the disney films and the famous rose in a glass jar (thanks Mrs Twigg!). This topic will obviously link very nicely to the Beauty and the Beast pantomime which we are attending on the 17th December. Below are other key dates for your diaries:
Autumn 2 Important Dates
Monday 5th November: School opens for Autumn 2
Monday 12th November: Online Safety Day
Wednesday 14th November: Children in Need and parent target meeting
Friday 16th November: BIG READ / Role Play Day
Monday 19th November: BIG WRITE
Thursday 22nd November: Afternoon Tea and Family Afternoon
Monday 3rd December: KS2 Dress Rehearsal
Monday 4th December: Age UK Choir
Monday 4th and 5th December: KS2 Christmas Concerts
Friday 7th December: Christmas Crafts and Christmas Bingo
Tuesday 11th December: KS1 Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday 12th December: KS1 Nativity (1.30pm)
Thursday 13th December: KS1 Nativity (6.00pm)
Monday 17th December: Whole School Panto
Tuesday 18th December: Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 19th December: KS1 and KS2 Christmas Discos with DJ Holty and MC Jones
Thursday 20th December: Christmas Parties and Games (Non-uniform - Christmas clothes)
Friday 21st December: Non-Uniform Day (£1 each) and Break Up at 2pm for Christmas
Staff in Phoenix Class
Class Teacher: Mr C Holt
Teaching Assistant: Mrs G Stone (Mondays)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs H Twigg (Thursdays and PPA Tuesday afternoons)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Mason (Fridays)
Parent Volunteer: Sue Swift (Thursdays)
*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
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,