Welcome to year 4. This year we have so many exciting topics and events to look forward to. There will be challenges to face and new skills to learn, but it will be a chance to push yourself and be the best learner you can be. Mr Shaw will be delivering the literacy. guided reading and maths in a morning, whlist Mrs Scully will be developing individual reading skills and phonics. In the afternoon, Mrs Scully will be teaching topic, science and art. Alongside this, Mr Sidebottom will be delivering PE every Thursday. Up unitl February (Covid restrictions permitting), swimming lessons at the Metrodome will replace this session. Once every half term, Mrs Kerr will be teaching french for a day to cover the modern foreign language objectives for our class. Each week there will be weekly times tables and spelling tests, (which will also form part of weekly homework). Muliplication knowledge is very important this year, as we have the Mutlipcation Tables Check at the end of the year, so practising and developing the speed of recall will be crucial. The children are encouraged to practise their table facts using the 'Timestable Rockstars app'. They can access this in class and at home to improve their speed of recall. We also use 'Spelling shed' as another app to use at school and home to practise set spelllings. Autumn 1: We begin with a PSCHE focus followed by a great history topic all about 'The Groovy Greeks'. Our science this half term will be investigating Sound. Autumn 2: We get to grips with e-safety and learning about computer hardware, followed by a Geography focus on 'Volcanoes'. Science is all about teeth and eating in humans and other animals. This year we have introduced an additional grid of homework challenges. These are for mums, dads, grandparents etc to help with and a chance to support your child's creative skills at home. Class Dojo and Seesaw are platforms we will be using to communicate and share our class learning, as well as regular Tweets to let you know what we have been doing. Seesaw will be our main platform for home learning - where daily work related to work in class and assignments will be posted for children to access, so there are no gaps in learning whilst having to isolate. As well as TTRockstars and Spelling shed, the children will be expected to log in to Bug Club, where internet is possible at home, to support their own reading and comprehension skills. We will be continuing to monitor reading through the whole school Reading Miles initiative. (Remember to read daily and record in your reading record books). There are 30 marvellous and unique little people in our class! Over the year we will be discovering and celebrating each others talents and successes.