Welcome back; we hope you have had a lovely, relaxing summer! We are sure that you and your child are now ready to start the new school year, so welcome to Year Four! We are looking forward to working with your child, and we are excited about all of the new learning that will take place. This newsletter provides lots of information about the new academic year, and will hopefully answer any questions you may have; please ensure key dates are added to your diary as soon as possible. 

Accelerated Reader

This year, the children will continue to embrace our Accelerated Reader scheme. The children will all complete a Star Assessment to determine their Accelerated Reader Book Level. This allows the children to independently select from a range of books within their level. We greatly appreciate your support in listening to your child read every evening and developing their comprehension and inference skills. Please do record that your child has read to you, in their planner, as this supports continuity of approaches between home and school. Once they have read their book, the children will then complete a quiz to assess their understanding of the text.

Maths Mastery

In Year Four, we will continue with daily Maths Mastery lessons. Over the Autumn term, we will be focusing on: reasoning with 4-digit numbers; addition and subtraction; multiplication and division; and discrete and continuous data. 

English

In English, we are excited to be exploring fables, writing a non-chronological report about the Romans and completing an author study on Roald Dahl. If you have any texts at home to support any of the above genres, we would love to see them! 

The Romans

Over the Autumn term, we are looking forward to learning about the Romans, including the invasions, key figures such as Julius Caeser and Boudicca, and the impact they had on Britain. In addition, we will be creating some fantastic art work; designing and printing mosaics; sketching Roman Gods; sculpting Roman coins and collaging our own Roman shields. All of this fantastic work will be presented at our annual Art Exhibition in December. We hope that you can make it! 

PE

Year Four PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has the correct, named, Place Farm PE kit, in line with our Uniform Policy, which can be found in the children’s planners. The PE kit consists of a white Place Farm polo shirt, blue shorts/jogging bottoms, blue socks and trainers. In the cooler months, children will wear their school jumper. 

Spellings

Spellings will be issued on a Wednesday in the children’s planners, with the Spelling Test taking place on the following Monday. All words issued are taken from the National Curriculum word lists. 

Snack Hut

In KS2, children are able to purchase a healthy snack from our Snack Hut, at a cost of 50p. Alternatively, you may wish to send a piece of fruit in with your child.

Homework

The children will be given two pieces of homework every Thursday, which should take approximately fifteen minutes to complete. One piece will be from the children’s Maths Mastery Homework Book, and the other will have an English/Project focus. This will need to be completed and handed in by the following Tuesday. If you have any questions regarding your child’s homework, please contact your class teacher. Thank you for your support.

Swimming

In the Autumn term, the Year Four children will be attending swimming lessons at Haverhill Leisure Centre on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate named swimwear (costume/trunks), a towel and a swimming cap. 

Violins

At Place Farm, we are very fortunate to have a specialist Violin teacher, who will be providing exciting learning opportunities for our Year Four children. The children are all provided with a violin, which must be brought in to school every Friday. 

Please do let us know if you have any queries or concerns: we will be happy to help.

Miss Lister, Mrs Boorman & Miss Jarvis