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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Year Group Information

Year 4 Start of the Year Information

Dear Parents/Carers,

This note covers topics such as the timetable, classroom organisation, and homework. It is not meant to be totally comprehensive as we hope to make many changes to the curriculum and the learning experiences across the whole school this year. Further details will be provided on this blog or sent out via parent mail as and when they become available.

 

Adults in Year Four:

Class Teachers: Miss Ball, Mrs Bojarski, Ms Meda and Mr Khan

LSA's in Lower Key Stage Two: Mrs Burnham, Mrs Dashper and Mrs Reading

 

Timetable and classroom organisation

Start of the day - 08:40

End of the day - 15:15 (ALL classes in KS finish at this slightly later time)

 

1)  Transition from KS1 to KS2

Independence, increased responsibility and self-motivation is a key focus in Year 4 as we prepare them for UKS2.

As the children are often hungry before lunchtime, you may like to provide a healthy snack at break time of either some fruit, vegetables or a sandwich (no crisps or biscuits please).

 

2)  Reading books and reading records should be brought to school every day.

The children’s reading books will be changed regularly.

When you read with your child at home, please can you write a brief comment about how they are finding the books and any areas you feel they would benefit from support in.

Please talk with your child regularly about the books they are reading, even if they are a fluent reader. In depth discussion of a text ensures that the higher level meaning is fully grasped - think of the book club model that is so popular with adult readers!

There are some great ideas for free reading here:

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-primary-school-pupils/

 

3) Water Bottles and Pencil Cases

Children should bring in a named water bottle which will be kept inside the classroom and sent home at the end of the week. We would encourage the children to have their own named pencil case in Key Stage Two to encourage further independence and responsibility. We would ask that they keep these to a suitable size in order that this fits in their school tray under the desk and should include:

HB pencils, a pencil sharpener, a rubber, a 30cm ruler, coloured pencils, whiteboard pens and glue sticks.

 

4) Personal Organisation

Many children choose to have a rucksack to carry their personal items to school. However, we also ask that children bring in a clear A4 named folder for their tray to help the children remember to take home/ hand in their homework, reading books and letters, . This will prevent items being mislaid in the cloakroom or left in their drawers.

5) Assessment - Multiplication Tables Check

From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, all state-funded maintained schools and academies (including free schools) in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils.

The national curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4. More details will follow in due course.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/multiplication-tables-check-development-process

 

Homework

Homework will include:

  • Mathletics
  • TT Rockstars (focus on all times tables up to x12) 
  • Spellings
  • Reading
  • Learning Logs