Year 4 - Buzzards

Class Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 4 Buzzard Class!

I am looking forward to welcoming the children to the Buzzard class, and have lots of interesting and exciting plans for the year ahead. There are going to be some changes this year, but we are confident that the children will soon settle into the new routines.

I will be teaching Monday to Thursday. The children will continue to have ‘Wow Wednesdays’, but this will not begin until the second week (Wednesday 16th September). However, Mr Long will be taking them for PE on the first Wednesday so please ensure your child comes dressed that day in their PE clothes (see below). Mr Long will be taking the class for PE on Friday morning before break and Mrs Tollerfield will be teaching them on Friday. We will be supported throughout the week by Mr Thomas, Mrs Morgan, Mrs Morison, Mrs Johnson and Miss Tye.

Each academic year, throughout the school we all cover the same general topics, e.g. history, and then link pupils learning to their specific year group curriculum.

 This year they will be:

Autumn Term 1: Geography – UK counties and Europe

Autumn Term 2: History – The Romans

Spring Term 1: Art – We will study a specific artist

Spring Term 2: Design & Technology - Mechanical Systems – Leavers & Linkages

Summer Term 1: History – The Egyptians

Summer Term 2: Geography – Mountains and Rivers

Belongings

All children must have a waterproof coat in school every day, as they will be going outside for break time and lunchtime, unless it is particularly bad weather. They must also bring in a named water bottle every day, as they will be unable to use school cups. No school bags will be needed.

Children are to bring in their own pencil case to keep in school with pencils (HB), sharpener, eraser, glue stick, whiteboard pen (medium nib or whichever your child is comfortable using), whiteboard eraser (matchbox-sized sponge is suitable) and a small assortment of coloured pencils (no felt tips or gel pens please). Please ensure their items are labelled where possible.

Children are encouraged to bring in a healthy snack for break-time. Unfortunately, Year 6 will no longer be running the fruit store.

No toys or other items are to be brought into school.

PE
PE will be on Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on both days. They need to have tracksuit bottoms over PE shorts and a t-shirt and sweatshirt. This is in case of bad weather, as we will aim to have PE outside as much as possible.

Far Field
Our Far Field slot is on a Thursday, and will be happening every week, starting from Thursday 10th September. We are lucky to be having Mrs Twelvetrees who is a forest school trained teacher taking the children for Far field so lots of exciting activities planned! Children must come to school in their Far Field kit and will wear it all day. Please ensure that your child wears school shoes and brings their labelled wellies in a plastic bag.

Reading
We will be hearing every child read during the first few weeks, and assessing what level they are at. Please feel free to put a note in their Home/School Diary about the reading they have done at home since March. If you write a note in your child’s Home/School Diary, please remind them to give it to us to read, as I won’t be able to check them daily. It is very important that the children are reading at home every day. We will aim to change the children’s books daily, or whenever they have finished a longer book.

If you would like to talk to me, I am always available at the end of the school day for a quick chat, or if you need more time, you can book a telephone appointment through the office. If you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to me.

Kind regards,

Mrs Turner

Useful Resources
The teachers in all the classes have put together a document with lots of ideas and suggestions that will help you to support your child with their punctuation and grammar.