Welcome to Year 4
Mrs L Clarke
Mrs F Sotrines
Swimming Day: Wednesdays
PE Days: Tuesdays & Fridays
The school day
Morning 8.55am – 12.20. Afternoon 1:15 – 3.15
- Usually, first thing in the morning children should line up in their class on the playground ready for the whistle. We discourage chasing games and ball games for safety reasons. The teacher on duty will lead the children in.
- In Key Stage Two (KS2) we try to foster more independence from the students and a sense of responsibility for their own belongings. Could parents please leave children in the line. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please make an appointment to see them at the office, or send in a note to the class teacher where possible.
- Please do not use the front entrance to come into school in the morning. If you need to visit the office, leave your child at the correct entrance first.
- If your child is late please go to the office to register him/her. A child is marked as late if arriving after 9:00 registration.
- Registration takes place as soon as the children are settled in the classroom and any monies or letters are collected. If monies are to be sent into school could you please ensure they are placed securely in an envelope which is clearly marked with the name, amount and purpose.
- First break is at 10:20. Snacks are permitted but must be healthy and must not contain nuts of any kind.
- Any excess free fruit from KS1 is given over to KS2 classes. Free fruit cannot be guaranteed.
- The school day ends at 3:15. Children are encouraged to be responsible for their belongings and books. They will exit the classrooms onto the triangle playground. Please ensure that there is an agreed meeting point for whoever is collecting them to avoid confusion.
- In an emergency, if you are not able to collect your child please contact the school office.
Information regarding the Curriculum is sent to parents once a term, and can be found here. The full year curriculum is attached.
Within the first few weeks the children will sit a “STAR” basic comprehension test which gauges their reading level and gives a starting point on the system. AR uses real books rather than reading scheme materials. The books have been assessed using rigorous criteria and then given an independent reading level.
More detailed information about AR can be obtained from our website. A booklet is also available for download.
Parents can monitor their children’s reading progress by logging onto the HOME CONNECT website:
Children will also be using the Accelerated Maths program which supports the existing maths national curriculum and provides regular practise exercises. With the advent of the HOME CONNECT system children will be able to access the exercises at home, mark them and receive instant feedback. This is not a mental maths activity, please encourage your child to do workings out on a piece of paper, using the methods of calculation which they have learnt in school. If you need help with these please contact your class teacher.
Alongside Accelerated Maths will be the “Mathletics” program – which will again be available to children at home. Mathletics provides an entertaining means of practising mental arithmetic skills.
The school has a clear policy for PE.
All children are expected to change into a PE kit for PE lessons, which is named and kept in a bag.
Indoor PE / Gym / Dance
A House Colour plain T-shirt
Blue or black shorts
Usually bare feet – (although some fitness activities may require a change of trainers. Children will be told this in advance).
Outdoor PE / Games
A house colour plain T-shirt
Blue or Black shorts
A change of trainers (It is recommended in winter months that they are in a separate carrier bag to prevent mud getting on the rest of their kit afterwards!)
A spare sweat-shirt / jogging bottoms (We endeavour to go outside in the winter months – weather permitting).
Girls - a one-piece swimming costume
Boys – swimming trunks ( not shorts – air pockets and excess material cause buoyancy problems!)
A swimming hat – All long hair should be tied up before school, as it makes it easier to get these on. Please teach your child to put their hat on independently.
Tights are best avoided on swimming days as they are tricky to put on when legs are damp.
General rules for PE;
These rules are in place for the safety of your children.
- All long hair must be tied back, and out of their face. (Material hair bands are better than hard plastic ones which can dig into their heads when performing rolls / balances in gym for example.)
- No jewellery of any kind will be worn.
- Earrings must be removed before any PE lesson. Please provide a suitable small container to put them in during PE lessons. Please teach your child to remove them themselves. Alternatively, don’t wear them on a PE day! Micro-pore tape is only allowed for covering recently pierced ears (this needs to be brought from home). Once healed they then must be removed for PE.
- If your child is unable to do PE because of an injury they must have a note from a parent to explain the reason on the day of the lesson.
Normally one piece of English homework will be set each week which reinforces some aspect of the literacy unit being studied. This is usually spellings. Children will also be given an Accelerated Maths exercise which can be accessed through HOME CONNECT. The Mathletics program may also have tasks assigned. Children with no internet available at home will be given time at school. Parents can support their child by reinforcing the numeracy skills learnt.
In Key Stage Two, all children should do daily reading practise as part of their homework. Our current recommendation is that children read independently for 45 minutes every day: 30 minutes at school and 15 minutes to be completed as homework.
It is still advisable that children are listened to. When reading the book try to encourage fluent reading of each sentence and ask your child questions about the content. As your child improves try to encourage expression.
- Please make sure all your child’s clothes are named. Our lost property system is working successfully but is continually overrun by a huge amount of un-named clothing.
- Any money coming into school, including dinner money, should be in an envelope marked with your child’s name, the amount of money enclosed and what it is for.
- If your child is having school dinners, please ensure that you have filled in a dinner card at the end of the previous week for those days that your child is having lunch, and that they put it in the box in their classroom on Friday or Monday morning.
- Do not allow your child to bring any valuables to school as we cannot accept responsibility for them.
- Jewellery should not be worn. If your child has pierced ears, they should only wear studs and they need to be able to remove the studs themselves for PE and swimming. We do allow the use of micropore tape to cover up recently pierced ears - until they heal. Micropore tape needs to be brought from home.
- Children are allowed to bring skipping ropes (any term), tennis rackets and balls (summer term only) to use at playtimes. The children are responsible for the safe keeping of these. Please name them.
Please name all clothes and other items your child brings into school possesions