Year 4 – Sycamore

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Welcome to Year 4!

Working with your children this year is Mr Whincop (class teacher) and Mrs Whiffin (TA). Mrs Whiffin will be teaching the class on a Thursday afternoon and Mrs Chamberlain will be teaching every other Wednesday morning.

Autumn Term Curriculum Information

Invasion

In the Invasion project, your child will explore the effects of the Roman withdrawal and the chronology and geography of subsequent invasions. They will study the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in detail, examining their reasons for invading, their settlements and their everyday life. Your child will also look at monasteries and the Anglo-Saxon legacy. They will consider how we know about life in this period and investigate the Sutton Hoo ship burial. They will learn about Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon king, and what happened after his death, before ending the project by learning about the Norman invasion of 1066.

Please see the attached curriculum matrix for more information about what will be taught. 

Please support your child’s learning with: 

Home Learning – Homework will go out on Friday and will be expected back the following Wednesday. If for any reason your child is struggling to complete it, please speak to us or leave a note in your child’s Reading Record. 

Reading – Please read with your child every day and sign the reading record book. These books should be brought into school every day in your child’s book bag. Please ensure that books borrowed from school are returned. New book bags can be purchased from the school office.  

Maths – Every week the children will receive a maths homework task on Freckle, the online resource used in previous years. It is a fun and engaging way for children to develop their Maths skills. Usernames and passwords will be stuck into your child’s reading record. (If you have any problems regarding passwords and logging on, please let us know- we will do our best to help.) In addition, your child should practise their times tables on TTRS in preparation for the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check.

Just a few reminders:

PE Kit – It is essential that your child has a house T-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers in school every day so that they can participate in PE activities. In addition, long tracksuit type trousers are useful in the Winter months for outside PE. Long hair needs to be tied back for PE so please ensure your child wears a hairband to school. Also, earrings need to be removed or covered with tape during PE lessons. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings, please provide some microporous tape to cover them. This Term, PE will be on Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child’s belongings are labelled. 

Water Bottles

In order to help your child to stay hydrated and ready to learn, please make sure that they bring a labelled water bottle to school with them everyday. We kindly ask that bottles are filled with water only- rather than juices or squash. 

Pencil Cases

There is no need for your child to bring in any additional stationary. We have everything that they will need to complete their learning in the classroom. 

Toys and Games

In order to help us avoid any unnecessary distractions from our learning, we kindly request that toys and games from home are not brought into the classroom.  

Many thanks,
Mr Whincop and Mrs Whiffin, Year 4 Teaching Team