Year 4 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Year 4
September brings a fresh start, with familiar faces! It has been lovely to see you all again.
As a school we are still using class dojo, please check this regularly for updates and communication. With new restrictions, it's currently not possible for us to talk on the door, but please contact me via dojo messages, phone call or arrange an appointment after school if you need to talk.
Our P.E. days are Monday with Mr Lofthouse and (TBC). Please come to school in your PE kit these days. I would recommend this being your outdoor PE kit consisting of black jogging bottoms, white T-shirt, Trainers and school jumper as they will be in it all day, then carrying out PE outside or in the hall with all doors and windows open so it may get chilly.
This year reading is still a big focus at St. Matthew's as it is such a vital factor in your child's education. With this in mind, when it is COVID safe your child will bring their reading book home and back to school every day. For now, they will still have this levelled independent reading book in school and will be reading this daily, they will also have the opportunity to read this book at least fortnightly with an adult.
Every week they will part take in a whole class active read session focusing on comprehension as well as a weekly guided reading session and follow up task in school.
How can you help at home?
This year everyone will get the usual spellings lists on a Monday to practise at home reading for a spelling test on Friday. All have a login to TT rockstars, which I would like the class to log into every week to practise their times tables, they will then have a times table test on Friday. I will also begin by sending focused tasks home for individual children to support their learning in certain subjects as discussed with you beforehand.
Reading as previously mentioned is vital at home, read anything and everything with your child. If you show passion for reading your child will share this with you. I will be starting up a half-term homework of a A-Z reading challenge - further details on Dojo.
Statutory requirements in Year 4
At the end of Year 4, there is a statutory multiplication check which at this moment is expected to go ahead as planned. This test is computer-based and your child will have 6 seconds to answer the questions, this will test all of the times tables. You can support your child with this by practising at home, Times table rockstars is great for this as it has the timed element, equally, so is Sumdog Maths multiplication check.
I want to thank you for your continued communication and support this year! As always please don't hesitate to contact one of the Year 4 team if you have any problems or questions.
Keep safe and keep smiling,
Miss Garner, Mrs Harper, Mrs Brown
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