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Welcome to Year 4

We wish you a very warm welcome to Year 4, we hope you have all had a good summer break and enjoyed the lovely weather while it lasted. The children have had a great first week back at school and have started to settle into the new term. It’s nice that the names from lists and the notes provided by the Year 3 teachers are now all starting to make sense!
We thought that it would be useful to provide you with a few useful bits of information about how Year 4 will run this year. Hopefully this will help us all to get into a good routine quickly and easily. If you have any questions about the following then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

Mrs Ives and Mrs Trainor (teaching assistants) will continue to work within the year group, taking groups and supporting in class.

Water

As a school, we encourage the children to bring water in a suitable bottle into school every day so that they have water available during lessons, please can you make sure it is labelled with your child’s name and class as we usually have a lot of duplicate bottles. Please only send water with your child rather than juice.

Reading
In next few days your child will bring home a reading book which follows on from their previous Year 3 level. Once we are fully up and running with reading books, we ask that your child reads at least 3 times per week, ideally every night. We also ask that each record is signed by parents at least three times a week. Your child will need to hand in their reading record on a specific day for teachers to check and sign. Individual teachers will let your child know when they need to bring in their completed records.

PE

Games

All PE Kit should be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Thursday. As with all school uniform please ensure ALL kit is named as it saves so much time when items get misplaced! In addition to the white PE tops and blue shorts, the children will need outdoor trainers and warm track suits / jogging bottoms / leggings / sweatshirts etc. as our lessons take place outside.

Swimming

There will be ten swimming sessions on Wednesdays for Year 4 this term. All children will need their swimming costume / trunks (no long shorts) and a towel, they will also need additional clothes on certain days so that they can work on life-saving skills in the water. The children will be notified on the weeks when extra clothes are required.

We would like the children to bring a jacket with them every week as we will be walking to and from the pool.

All jewellery needs to be removed before entering the water and we recommend that earrings are removed at home prior to the lesson.

Children should not swim if they have any of the following: Infectious diseases. / open wounds / coughs, cold and related infections / sore eyes / ear infections. If your child is unable to participate in a lesson please write to your child’s class teacher directly.

Parent help with swimming

If you are able to help walk the children to and from the swimming pool please contact your child’s class teacher directly as soon as possible. All offers of help will be very much appreciated. Please note that in order to help in school you will need to have a DBS check in place or be willing to undertake a DBS check.

Homework

Homework will officially start in a couple of weeks, but we may send home pieces of work where appropriate before then. In the meantime, please encourage your child to read regularly and revise their times tables.

Music

This term Mrs Hornby’s class will be having a ten week course of samba lessons. The other two classes will have African drumming during the spring and summer terms. We are very much looking forward to this exciting opportunity.

The Romans

To support with our Roman topic, we are planning a visit to Chester as well as a Roman day later on in the term. Further details will follow nearer the time. The children will need a Roman costume for the Roman day so don’t throw away any bed sheets that can be transformed into togas!

Parental Help

As always in school, we welcome parental help with reading and times tables in particular. If you are able to help, we would value your support. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you could support us in this way. As mentioned before, a DBS check will need to be conducted if you haven’t already got one, Mrs Jones in our school office can sort this out for you if you wish to help.
We hope that all this makes sense. If you have any issues that you wish to discuss, then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

Our Y4 Staff Team