Year 4 2017 - 2018

Miss Davenport

Miss Davenport is delighted to have joined Millfields as a Year 4 teacher from September 2017.

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Year 4. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead which I hope will be exciting and challenging for your child. I hope you have had a lovely summer; thank you for supporting your children with the summer task, it has been lovely listening to all the adventures children have been getting up to.

English: This term we will focus on narrative writing; we will be learning a new story (The Door) and using this to form and shape our own writing. We will be innovating this story, before inventing a brand new warning story. The children will also have a chance to develop their skills in non-fiction as they will be producing a leaflet. Embedded within these units, we will continue to develop our understanding of paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.

Spelling: Spellings will be sent home each week. A spelling test will take place on the Friday of each week based on these words so please ensure that your child is getting plenty of spelling practice at home!

Reading: I would like children to read at least three times a week at home with a parent/ guardian. Please could you try to question their understanding when reading as this will help them to develop their comprehension skills. Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated. Any work you can do with your children at home to reinforce what they are doing at school really will make a huge difference. Reading diaries will be checked regularly.

Maths: We will begin our maths work by focussing on place value. This understanding of what numbers and digits actually mean and represent is crucial to developing confidence and competency throughout Mathematics. Children will then move on to using both mental and written strategies to answer questions using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be applying our mathematical knowledge to everyday scenarios so that children can understand the importance of mathematics. A key part of Year 4 will be children learning and reciting their times tables up to 12 x 12 so we will be practising these daily. However, any additional support with this which you can provide to your child at home, will be hugely beneficial to them.

Science: In Science this term, we will be looking at ‘Animals, including Humans'. This topic will look at our digestive system, teeth and their functions and food chains. The children will predict, test and evaluate their findings with plenty of time for practical experiments.

Topic: Our topic for this term is ‘Ancient Egyptians'. Children will investigate various sources of information to learn about social class and hierarchy, Egyptian Gods, King Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb, the mummification process as well as the human and physical geography of Ancient Egypt.

P.E: As of Monday 11th September, Year 4 will be having weekly swimming lessons, so swimming kits and towels will be required every Monday. Our second PE lesson for this term will take place on a Thursday. However, this may be liable to change so please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school at all times. This term, the children will be learning basic dribbling, passing and shooting skills in hockey.

French: French lessons for Key Stage 2 will be with Madame Potts again this term. This lesson will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

Homework: A Maths or English piece of homework will be sent out each week on a Tuesday and is expected to be returned by Monday unless otherwise stated. Please encourage your child to complete all homework to a high standard and use a date and title just like they would at school. Please continue to work with your child and encourage them to check, edit and improve their writing, in order to produce their best work.

So that your child can have a drink throughout the day please ensure that they have a water bottle with them. We cannot provide cups during the day. In addition, please make sure that your child has suitable outdoor clothing every day. We will be going outside for playtimes and during lessons, even if it is raining, so please ensure children have a coat with them.

Thank you for your support and co-operation. If you have any concerns or queries please come and see me after school, or contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Kind regards,

Miss R Davenport


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Contact the School

Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750