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Welcome To Year 4

 

Staff in Year 4 would like to introduce you to how the school day is working and what you can do to help your child at home, especially as we haven’t been able to have the usual meetings at the start of the year. Thank you to everyone who has watched our video last term and has kept the blue book bags and small lunch box bags, it is much appreciated as it makes class routines such as giving out letters, collecting books and freeing up space, much easier.

Everyday, there is the same routine to allow all children to come to school in their staggered times, wash and sanitise their hands, then settle to work.

Morning sessions are rotated and consist of:-

Maths Fluency, where we revise Number Bonds, Times Tables and filling of any gaps from last year due to the prolonged time at home.

SPaG – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions where we are focusing upon sentence structures, spellings from Year 2 and Year 3, and developing the correct use of punctuation such as commas, exclamation marks and question marks.

Handwriting – focus being on letters y,g,q, and f being written below the line and letters h,b,d,k,l showing a clear height distance to other letters, almost touching the top line. We aim for all children to have a neat, legible and cursive style of writing.

Reading Sessions – during these sessions we will sometimes do Guided Reading as a class, listen to our class reader or individually read to members of staff.

Please could all reading books be brought into school daily and handed in on Friday to be changed and two new books will be taken home on Mondays. All books are put into quarantine for 72 hours so we would really appreciate your help by making sure the children return them on the correct day.

Reading Diaries are unable to be carried back and forth to school so an online system has been created using BGFL 365. (A separate letter has been written to explain how to use the diaries)

We then have other curriculum subjects throughout the day, with opportunities for learning outside incorporated where possible.

Topics for the Autumn Term are shown in the table on the reverse of this letter, should you wish to assist your child further.

Every Tuesday we endeavour to have our PE lessons, although this can be weather permitting due to current guidelines. Children should have a waterproof coat with them so we are able to continue to use our outdoor learning spaces even if it is raining. PE kits are blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms, white PE shirts with the school logo on and their school uniform jumper for the colder days. Please could we check that earrings are not worn on Tuesday as they can pose a safety risk during physical lessons.

 

All children have returned to school eager and ready to learn. They have been amazing at following hygiene and distancing guidelines and are already getting used to life in year 4.

Thank you for your continued support of St.Edward’s and the vision we have for your children.

Mr Walsh and Mrs Casey

 

 

 

ENGLISH

Beowulf by Michael Mupurgo

Adventure Stories

Diary writing

Setting descriptions

Non chronological report writing

Poetry

Why the Wales Came

Non fiction writing about the weather

Historical Myths

Recount writing

Writing to argue.

Haiku poetry

MATHS

Number and Place Value

Number and Place value

RE

Creation

Story of Abraham to Joseph

Communion

Class Saint- St Joseph

Teach us how to pray

Advent

SCIENCE

Sound

Asking questions and plan enquiries

Investigate pitch

Interpret and report about string telephones

 

Electricity

Interpret and report about conductors

GEOGRAPHY

East Anglia (A region of the UK)

East Anglia (A region of the UK)

HISTORY

Britain Settlements by the Anglo Saxons and the Scots

Black History Month

Britain Settlements by the Anglo Saxons and the Scots

 

PSHE

Caring for our school

Relationships

Team building

Picture News editions fortnightly

Friendship

What makes a good friend?

 How do good friends act?

Do good friends fall out?

Getting on and falling out

Anti Bullying week: say no to bullying and cyber bullying

Picture News editions fortnightly

MUSIC

Black Musicians of Importance

Charanga

Charanga

D & T

Structures – Designing and Making Musical instruments

Electrical Systems: Designing and creating electrical games

ART

Creating Anglo Saxon Shields

Romero Brittan

Drawing landscapes

COMPUTING

All About Me

Code.Org

We are Programmers

Code.Org

 

Meet Your Teacher

 

To Year 4 parents and children,

Due to the situation we are all in at the moment, events such as parent’s evenings and Inspire workshops are unable to go ahead. Therefore, I have written you a letter so that you can all get to know me better.

 

I am in my fourth year at St Edwards, but my first year in Year 4. Previously, I have taught in Year 3 and in Year 5 for two years. I am currently class teacher of 4SW. I am also responsible for Extra-Curricular clubs in school and the School Council.

After being off school for so long during lockdown, I am really excited to be back working face-to-face with the Year 4 children and sharing exciting learning experiences in school together. As some of you may know, I have a huge passion for sports and exercise, specifically football and gaelic football. I support Liverpool, following my father giving me little alternative, and I am extremely excited and nervous to see if they retain the Premier League title this year! Over the summer holidays, I spent lots of time going to the gym and running to improve my fitness.

I have enjoyed my time in Year 4 so far, especially seeing how motivated my class are to hit their targets! If you need anything at all, I will always do my upmost to help and support you wherever I can. If you need to contact me, the most efficient way would be to email Year4@stedward.bham.sch.uk or contact the school office and I will try and get back to you as soon as possible!

Just in case you are unsure of what I look like, here is a photo of me.

Mr Walsh

Welcome Back

 

We would like to welcome the children back to school after what we hope has been a wonderful and relaxing Summer break.  In year 4 we are encouraging the children to be as independent as possible by remembering to bring their book bag - with their reading book, a drink, a healthy snack that must not contain nuts and whatever else they may need for the day.

 

Please be mindful of the uniform policy and ensure that the correct PE kit is in school every day, we like to fit in extra sessions when we can. All items that are sent into school must be clearly named.

Indoor kit: Blue shorts, white t-shirt with school logo and black pumps.

Outdoor kit: Blue tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers.

All jewellery must be removed for P.E. and long hair must be tied back.

 

We will be engaging in lots of cross-curricular learning in year 4; for any extra information please see the Curriculum Overview for Year 4, which is also on the website

 

In Maths, the first half of the Autumn term we will be focusing extending our understanding of place value, negative numbers through zero, rounding, and written methods for addition and subtraction. Our main focus in Maths will be based around revising a number of year 3 objectives whilst supporting the children’s development of skills. including securing children’s times table knowledge.

 

We begin year 4 with a lovely book to study called 'Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo. This novel links to our history topic in an exciting way. Beowulf will not only bring our History to life but also foster a love of reading tales of adventure, heroes and mystery.  With the focus this year on reading and improving our spelling Beowulf will allow us to not only be creative when writing our own stories but also hone our skills, penmanship and our stamina of writing. In our written work, we are really focussing on handwriting and presentation in the hope of achieving a pen license this year. Other writing will include: dramatizations, considering points-of-view and writing a diary entry. While working on grammatical aspects of sentence structure, new vocabulary, complex sentences, relative clauses and elaboration. We will also look at non-chronological reports and design our own fact files based on independent research about the Anglo-Saxons.

 

In history, the children will be learning about some exciting Anglo-Saxon facts!  Their invasions, how they lived their lives, their art and culture and their religion. The Anglo-Saxons also lends itself to a creative approach that will improve our art skills. In Geography we will be learning about regions in the UK and our focus will be on East Anglia. We will be exploring how this region differs from other regions across the world.

 

In Science, we will be learning about sound: identifying how sounds are made, recognising what causes vibrations, and finding patterns in the pitch of a sound and what created it. This will also link to our Music lessons and or Design Technology.

 

In our R.E. lessons we will be focusing on understanding the Gospel values; learning about The Creation, and reading and understanding the story of Abraham to Joseph.  We will also be doing some work around the different charitable organisations across the world.

 

We are really excited about the year ahead and look forward to not only working with the children, but with all of you as parents to ensure our children have a happy and successful year.

 

Our class Saint in Year 4 is St. Joseph. Everything we know about Joseph, the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus, comes from Scripture.  We know Joseph was a compassionate, caring man. Joseph was also a man who trusted in God. When an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him Mary was carrying the Son of God he did as the angel told him and took Mary as his wife. (Matthew 1:19-25).We know Joseph loved Jesus and treated Jesus as his own son. We know Joseph respected God. We are told that he took his family to Jerusalem every year for Passover, something that could not have been easy for a working man.

 

Joseph is the patron saint of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus' public life, he died with Jesus and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth. Joseph is also patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers (pregnant women), travellers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people in general.

 

We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: 19th March for Joseph the Husband of Mary and 1st May for Joseph the Worker. 19th March has been the most commonly celebrated feast day for Joseph, and it wasn't until 1955 that Pope Pius XII established the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" to be celebrated on 1st May. This is also May Day (International Workers' Day) and believed to reflect Joseph's status as the patron of workers.

In art, Joseph is typically portrayed as an older man and is often next to Mary and Jesus. Some statues of Joseph show his staff topped with flowers. St. Joseph is shown with the attributes of a carpenter's square or tools, the infant Jesus, his lily blossomed staff, two turtle doves, or a spikenard.

 

We hope to learn from St Joseph’s example and be caring and compassionate to those around up and place our trust in God when we face new challenges.

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