We hope that you and your children have had a very enjoyable summer break, and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of a new school year. The children appear to be settling well in their new classes and are enthusiastic to make a start on their learning. 
 
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 4 with lots of new learning taking place. In our Science work we will be studying “Sound”, our Geography learning will concentrate on “Asia” and our DT planning will focus on “Healthy Eating”. History is taught chronologically so we will be learning about the Anglo Saxons, which will link nicely to Anglo Saxon signs in Art. To enhance the children’s history learning we will be visiting Tamworth Castle on Monday 8th October. More details to follow. 
 
English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations. Times tables are an area requiring continuing improvement, please encourage your child to learn and revisit tables they are struggling with as this knowledge aids so much of their learning in maths. There will be a strong emphasis on learning times tables this year up to 12 x 12. 
 
For more details about our learning this term, please see the  Term Autumn Curriculum Overview.
 
Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. 
 
Year 4 PE sessions are:
Class 4A – Wednesday
Class 4P – Thursday
 
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times; PE kits can be purchased from the school office. We ask that children also have an outdoor P.E kit for the colder months. This should consist of trainers, jogging bottoms and a tracksuit top. 
 
Water bottles are requested to be brought in daily and children can bring a piece of fruit to school for their morning snack. 
 
Children in Year 4 receive regular homework: purple creative homework books will continue and phonic spellings will be given out on a Wednesday and tested on the following Monday. Children will also be tested on age related spellings, these will be given out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday.
 
To provide you with as much information as possible, you can click on your child’s timetable. This gives a brief outline of your child’s day, but should be viewed as a guide only, as it is often necessary to change lessons as circumstances within school dictate.
 
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. We anticipate a busy and exciting term ahead and we thank you in anticipation of your continued support.  
 
Miss Ali and Mrs Purshouse

May 2018

On Friday the 25th of May,  Year 4 went for a visit to the Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham. We visited around five different galleries in the museum as well as the Science Garden outside. As part of our visit we were able to see the wonderful animals and fossils in the Amazing Animals gallery and we also had a fantastic Amazing Animals workshop led by Rachel. In this workshop the children were able to touch and stroke various stuffed animals and see other fossils. At the end of the workshop we were able to classify the animals which linked to our learning in Science this term. All of the children agreed that it made for a wonderful day which really reinforced a lot of our learning in Science this year.