KEY STAGE 2
Teacher - Miss L Buckle
Supported by - Mrs A Culpepper
to Year 4
Hello and welcome to Year 4’s class page. Our teacher is Miss Buckle and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Culpepper.
PPA cover is taught by Miss Donnelly on a Thursday.
Together, our teachers work hard to ensure that learning is fun and engaging for us!
We worked together, in our Kagan groups, to suggest rules that we need to keep our class happy and safe. We selected four that we agreed on and that we felt we really needed to focus on for this term. We will review these next term and decide what areas we should focus on next.
Our agreed Class Rules for this term…
- Listen to each other
- Be a kind, caring friend
- Tidy up our things
- Have pride in our work
In Year 4, we are having a big focus on reading for pleasure. Over the week, children have lots of opportunities to enjoy books through shared reading with the teacher, comprehension activities, guided reading in small groups, paired reading with a friend, reading to themselves or listening to an adult reading a story or our whole class novel. Every child will bring home a reading book that they have chosen themselves and they can choose a book from the School Library as required. Each half term we will visit Tameside Central Library to share books with each other and listen to stories with the teacher. If your child has their own Library Card, they will be able to withdraw a book to take home with them.
Remember that the more a child reads, the more they will learn so please encourage your child to read a range of texts for pleasure, including newspapers or magazines.
LET'S GET PHYSICAL
Year 4 will go swimming at Ashton Swimming Pool for the whole of the Spring Term. Children must have a swimming kit and towel in school each week.
PE takes place on Wednesday afternoons. This term we are learning Gymnastics. Full PE kits must be in school (white t-shirt, navy blue shorts and black pumps,) and will be sent home to be washed each half term. Earrings must be removed for both swimming and PE.
Throughout the week, we will also complete the Daily Mile, in which we will go outside running for 15 minutes.
Children are expected to read their reading book each night, for at least 10 minutes and get their Reading Record signed by a parent. There is also the Oxford Reading Buddy website, where children can access a range of reading books online and complete a quiz about the book that they have read. Homework and spellings will be sent home every Friday to be completed with parental supervision, and returned to school the following Friday.
Children should also be practising the Year 3 and 4 spellings on a regular basis, as your child will be expected to read and spell all of these words correctly with confidence, by the end of Year 4.
Times Tables up to x12 are practised daily in class and we use TT Rockstars/Purple Mash to consolidate our learning of multiplication. We would encourage children to be learning and practising these at home as often as possible. This year, children in Year 4 will complete an online Multiplication Tables Check. For more information on this, please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/multiplication-tables-check-development-process or watch this short video; https://youtu.be/GhAJMJUsAac
Please encourage your child to use TT Rockstars and Oxford Reading Buddy at home as often as they can.
EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
In Year 4, we enter the classroom each day to the aroma of incense burning because it stimulates our brain with a sense of calm. The aroma of incense smoke is capable of reducing heart rates and soothing nerve pathways within the brain to make you feel completely relaxed and at peace. We complete daily mindfulness, every day after lunch, using the Calm App. We are learning how to meditate to calm ourselves down and to focus our brain ready for learning. We use Yoga Pretzels to develop our spiritual and physical skills. Yoga uses breathing techniques, exercises and meditation. We also have our own Gratitude Journal, which are personal to us and we keep these in our trays. At the end of every day we think about the positive things that have happened to us that day and choose one that we are grateful for, to write down in our journal. This helps us to end the day on a positive note and to focus on the ‘good’ in each day. We have found that these daily practices help to improve our health and happiness.
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If you have any questions about your child's learning or emotional well-being, please do not hesitate to contact us, as together, in partnership, we can help your child reach their full potential.