Year 4 January Parent Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back, we hope you have all had an amazing Christmas and a happy start to the New Year! Thank you all for the lovely gifts and cards we received before we broke up; they were all lovely to receive and very much appreciated.


This term, Y4 are starting swimming on Friday mornings. Please ensure that your child has a full swimming costume/ tight trunks or shorts to swim in. (Loose swim shorts are not allowed). No earrings are allowed to be worn and unfortunately, we are not able to cover any earrings with plasters; they must be removed and put back in by your son or daughter. Swimming caps must also be worn by both boys and girls and please ensure you have given written permission if you wish your child to wear goggles.

English  and Learning Challenge:

This term we are starting our new text, Little Foxes by Michael Morpurgo. It discusses the issues of foster care and family, of abandonment and love. This also links with our Learning Challenge topic, which is Habitats, focusing on British wildlife in the local area.  We will be looking at the effects of pollution and human development, as well as food chains and classification maps.


In maths, we will start by collecting and displaying data linked to our Learning Challenge topic. We will be revisiting the four operations, subtraction, addition, multiplication and division, as well as covering distance and translation using maps and grid references.


Our PE will be covered by both swimming and dance this term. In dance, we will be covering dance forms from the Victorian period in preparation for our topic in the Summer term.

 How can you support your child at home?

Please ensure your child practices their spellings every week- writing them out in a sentence to check they understand the meaning. Your children need to read at least 4 times per week to receive a good reading teat at the end of the term. Please try to ensure they read daily if possible, for at least ten minutes and ask the children questions about what they have read, such as; what happened? What do you think will happen next? Why do you think the character did that? How are they feeling? How do you know?


We are very grateful to our parent volunteers and would also welcome extra help, ranging from an hour reading with the children first thing in the morning to other, more extended sessions on a regular basis. If you would like to become involved, then please speak to your class teacher.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Jarvie and Mrs Morris