Welcome to Year 4
Our class project for this term is ‘Cynefin’
Our class project will help us to explore our own Cynefin history but also look at how to support others, when their ‘Cynefin’ has to move. We explore Refugees, Immigration and our end goal will be to create our own class patchwork quilt.
During our project the children will be given the opportunity to choose what they would like to learn and how they would like to develop their project. We will share some of the exciting things we learn with you as our project develops through regular class updates (see below). Throughout our project the children will be developing as:
- ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
- enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
- ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
- healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
If you would like to get involved in our project and have expertise in any aspect of our project that you would like to bring into school, please contact the school office.
We’re going to be busy this term! You can follow some of our progress on the Glasllwch Twitter page: @GlasllwchP
In addition, please see your child’s individual link to their SeeSaw page. This can be found in the back of their homework books!
The following information about Year 4 may be helpful. Any unexpected changes or updates to the following information will be communicated through SeeSaw or Twitter.
Thank you for your continued support with your child’s reading. The key to success in reading is to read as often as possible and it is so important that your child reads at home as well as in school.
Children in Year 4 take part in a guided reading carousel where they develop their reading skills, comprehension, spellings and handwriting, The children should practise reading outloud and independently daily, thinking carefully about expression, pace, tone and accuracy.
The Year 4 library is stocked with lots of reading materials but if your child would like to bring in a book or magazine from home to read during these sessions they are more than welcome to! We encourage children to read what they enjoy! Recommended books to read which link with our project will be shared via home learning resources.
Spellings will be sent out on a Friday, via Seesaw/Spelling Shed, ready for testing the following Friday. In some cases, spellings may be targeted to groups or individuals, depending on what we feel is the most beneficial. Accurate spelling is important for children’s writing development and practising spellings at home makes a big difference to children’s writing within the classroom! We encourage the “look-cover-write-check” method for learning spellings.
We are determined to be times table experts in Year 4! As with reading, it is really important to rehearse these at home as well.
We will begin working on fast recall of 3 and 4 times table. We will then move onto 6 and 8.
P.E. lessons are on a Wednesday morning (outside) and a Friday morning (inside). Please ensure that the children come to school in appropriate PE kit in on these days, in particular a warm kit for games outside during the winter months. The children will be reminded of the school health and safety policy of no jewellery being worn during these lessons. If your child is unable to take out their earrings, please provide plasters.
Each week your child will be assigned Home Learning activities. These include:
- ‘Daily Jobs’. These are literacy and numeracy activities which will include reading, practising spellings and number work.
- A weekly ‘Must Do’ job. These activities will help reinforce class learning, be linked to your child’s curriculum project, or will help to develop life-skills and promote well-being.
Home learning tasks will be shared with your child via Seesaw on a Friday and should be completed and returned to your child’s class teacher by Thursday the following week. Please submit home learning by the due date, so that staff are able to view and feedback on home learning. Children can access their Seesaw account using their unique QR code stuck in the front of their home learning books.
Your child may use their home learning book to complete tasks, but some tasks can be completed directly on Seesaw (N-Y6) and Google Classroom (Y3-Y6), or can be presented in whichever manner they prefer.
When home learning tasks require your child to complete them using Google programmes, such as: Google Classroom, Google Docs and Google Slides, your child must use their HWB log in to access these programmes.
Whilst some activities can be completed directly on these platforms, you can also take photos or videos to evidence your child’s learning and upload these to Seesaw.
Work completed in home learning books must be brought into school, but any Seesaw/Google Classroom activities can be submitted digitally.
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