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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to class 4! Our teachers are Mrs Martin and Mrs Tuckwell.  Mrs Martin has been teaching at Broom Barns since 2005 and Mrs Tuckwell since 2012.  Both teachers love making lessons as engaging as possible.  Mrs Martin’s favourite things are sewing and crafts, although she doesn’t like spiders very much, and is scared of flying!  Mrs Tuckwell’s favourite things are walks with her dogs and meeting up with family.  She does not like people being late and she like to raise money for charities by challenging herself to face her fears through skydiving, paragliding and active ventures.

Working alongside Mrs Martin and Mrs Tuckwell are Mrs Roberts and Mr Martin.  They enjoy working in Year 4 as no day is the same and every day is incredibly rewarding.

Curriculum

We have an exciting year planned for Year 4 children.  Our topics this year are; World War 2, the ancient Egyptians, the stone age, Autumn (Matisse and Cezanne) and much more!

Year 4 have P.E. every Thursday and Friday.  Children will need suitable P.E. kit for both indoors and outsideLong hair should be tied back and earrings removed.

Every morning starts with EMW (early morning work). EMW is incredibly important because it helps you to revise key concepts from your learning and gives you the chance to practise your arithmetic, reading and writing skills every day.  This is why arriving to school on time is so important. It equals 225 minutes a week of revision and feedback time which we have found to really help children make accelerated progress.

Trips etc

In Year 4 we plan trips in response to our class topics and the children’s interests. Past trips have included St.  Albans Verulamium, Celtic Harmony, SET, Warner Bros. Studio (Harry Potter), The Guardian Centre, British School Museum, Airbus, going to the local cinema and theatre to watch the pantomime. We also have many visitors to the class including Barwell School, Farm to Fork, Maths Challenge, Nobel Science and Technology group, Childline and the emergency services.

General Information and Expectations

8.50 is the time your child should be in school every day.  Early morning work is very important and planned, often individually; please ensure your child is on time.

It is hugely important that the children read aloud regularly at home. Children should be reading for approximately 10 minutes each evening. If they have completed their school reading book, please feel free to read other books with your child. It is important that they have the chance to read books that they are interested in e.g non-fiction, poetry and magazines as well. Children are encouraged to be independent in Year 4 and may change their own reading books as soon as they have finished them. The children are reminded each day to change their. We would be grateful if you could either comment or sign the reading record to let us know you have read with your child.

Year 4 Home Learning

It is hugely important that the children read aloud regularly at home.  We would like children to read every day, however, we expect them to read at least 5 times every week or 5-10 minutes a day.  Remember to ask an adult to sign your reading record!   The children should read as much as possible to further develop their English skills; as little as 15 minutes a day can make a big difference.

Children should complete spelling homework which is set for them on Spelling Shed every Wednesday.  They will be tested the following Wednesday and then set new spellings.

Children should learn number bonds and times tables 5 times a week using Times Tables Rock Stars.  For information on the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Checks please go to the government website below:
Primary Curriculum in Key Stage 2 Website

Uniform

Uniform should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.  Please check the labels regularly as they can fade in the wash.

Book bags should be clearly labelled and in school every day along with your child’s reading record and reading book.  Backpacks are not needed and we do not have the space for them.

For further information on the uniform please visit our School Uniform Page

Get Involved!

We are very keen to maintain open communication with you.  If there is anything you would like to talk to us about please catch us after school or make an appointment in advance.

There are numerous opportunities for you to join in with the life of the school in the following ways:

  • Volunteering in School – please contact the school office for more details
  • Accompanying school trips
  • Class assemblies
  • Sports day and sports competitions
  • Whole school events such as our Decoration Day and our annual coffee morning

Thank you for your support. We look forward to a successful year!

For further information on our curriculum please see Our Curriculum Page  and our  Curriculum Maps Page

Educational Links

Time Table Rock Stars: https://ttrockstars.com
Sam Learning: https://platform.samlearning.com/
BBC Bite Size: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Oxford Owl: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Language Angels https://www.languageangels.com/schools/

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