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Year 4 - Mr Curtis (Adventurers) and Mr MacDonald (Explorers)

Dear Parent/Carer,


Welcome to year 4! Our team this year consists of Mr MacDonald, Mr Curtis, Mr Wilkinson, Mrs Marriott, Mrs Lindley and Mr Mason.


Year 4 have had an extremely positive start to the year. We’ve all started getting into the swing of the new measures in place to keep us all safe and we have spent plenty of time discussing our feelings. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting all the children back into school and seeing the smiles on their faces as they have enjoyed spending time learning alongside their friends. We have also enjoyed meeting our new P.E. teacher, Mrs Wells and studying a brand new poem – The Jumblies by Edward Lear.


This term we will be using a picture book ‘The Lost Thing’ and our first novel ‘The Iron Man’ in our English lessons. You can expect plenty of excitement from the children as they get to know the characters of the story and complete our interesting writing tasks throughout our learning journey.


The maths units for the Autumn term are place value. addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. The children will be continuing to use the formal written methods they started using in year 3, applying them to larger numbers and word problems. As well as this, the children will be learning new times tables song in preparation for the year 4 times table assessment. You can expect them to come home with new versions of classic nursery rhymes as we try and make learning tables as fun as possible.


Our project for this term culminates in us making a sound scape to accompany part of the Iron Man story we study in English. Before we do this, we will need to find out how sounds are made, how we hear and then make our very own piece of music towards the end of term.


Our P.E. days this term are Monday and Wednesday and we ask that all children have P.E. kit consisting of black shorts and white t-shirt in school on these days.


We’ve now started using our reading journals to record home reading. Our expectations are that the children read at home each night/morning for a minimum of 5 minutes a day. We ask that you initial their reading journal after this has been done. Sometimes the children might want to read independently but we find that the more time they spend reading with an adult, the better they become at reading as the adults can help correct mistakes and ask questions about what they have read (there is a great page in the reading journals full of question ideas for anyone who isn’t sure about what sort of questions to ask).


Our new look homework menu will soon be making its way home to you. The homework tasks are designed to help the children remember what they have done in their lessons whilst also allowing them to be creative and enjoy themselves. We will be recommending particular tasks each week but there is no set order to complete them in and each task will have a reward of dojo points assigned to it which will be awarded upon completion.


If you have any questions about any of this information feel free to catch us on the playground after school or use the e-mail addresses or and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, you can follow the classes on twitter through the handles @rrjmrmacdonald and @RrjCurtis.



Mr MacDonald and Mr Curtis

Pictures of Explorers enjoying our work so far this year

Working together to understand Roman numerals
Working together to understand Roman numerals
Working together to understand Roman numerals
Using our outdoor space to learn about the water cycle
Enjoying our first novel of the year - The Lost Thing
Using freeze frames to think about behaviour
Enjoying our topic of dance in P.E. lessons
Enjoying our topic of dance in P.E. lessons