Welcome to Alnilam Year 4
(Year 4 Miss Ogden)
The adults who work in our class are Miss Ogden
In our class our aim is to promote a love of learning by providing rich, rewarding experiences through a creative curriculum. Through celebrating efforts and achievements, we aim to develop pride in the success of our pupils so that they are ready to face future challenges.
We value our effective communication and strong links between staff, parents, and children. Together, we can make a difference!
Our curriculum gives children opportunities to learn, build on, and develop new skills. Children are exposed to a range of subjects and activities that allow them to experience different topics and learning styles encompassing the Atlas Values #GREAT.
Come and talk to us!
We will always try and answer any questions you have about your child’s progress or any questions/concerns you may have. We may ask you to come and see us before or after school as it is not always possible to speak to you when the children are all entering/exiting together. We hold Parent Meetings termly and encourage you to attend these so we can discuss your child together.
Drinks & Snacks
Please bring a bottle of water to school. It is important they stay hydrated throughout the day. Fruit or vegetable snacks can be brought in. Please do not bring in other foods. Sweets are not allowed.
Please send your child to school in the correct uniform. PE kits should be brought to school on Wednesday & Friday. PE kit is as follows: white t-shirt, black shorts/leggings, black pumps (indoor), black tracksuit, and trainers (outdoor).
All children can access a school meal, please speak to the school office. Your child may be entitled to free school meals – please speak to Miss Crookes in the school office if you get any of the required criteria: click here.
We want all children to have love of reading. Part of this requires the children to be able to read fluently, so it is really important that you listen to your child read every day. Their home Reading Record will be monitored by an adult on a regular basis and the children will be able to change their books once a week, during class based reading sessions.
After your child has read a short section, it is helpful for you to ask them some questions to check their understanding of what they have read. For example: what did Jack do when the door opened? How do you think he felt at that moment? Which word tells you he felt that way? What do you think might happen next?
Your child needs to make sure they have their reading book and reading record in school every day.
This year, each class will have a set of books that the children will be encouraged to read and then complete activities on. The books have been carefully chosen for their vocabulary and themes. We will be encouraging the children to read as many of these as they can as we feel these books will further develop their love of reading.
Year 4 Multiplication Check
Pupils in Year 4 take a Multiplication Check test. This is a statutory requirement and it checks whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It helps us as a school to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided. Children need to know their timestables (up to x12) quickly as well as division facts. You can help by practising these at home.
The following links can be used:
Times Tables Rock Stars: Play (ttrockstars.com)
Research shows that homework has little impact on learning and progress for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. Our expectations reflect this. Your child will be busy learning at school so it is important they relax and spend time with their family when they come home. Family activities such as baking, cooking, playing games and talking to your child are just as important as some of the traditional homework tasks you might expect. Go for walks; visit the free museums and parks; play musical instruments; read or tell stories together. However, we do ask that you:
- read with your child every day. Complete your child’s reading record each time they read. Remember it doesn’t always have to be their school book. Reading records and reading books should be sent into school daily. Teachers will have a look at these to check regular reading is taking place at home.
- learn spelling patterns linked to Year Group expectations. These spellings are sent through ClassDojo and should be practised at home.
- practise multiplication and division facts to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. Log on to Timestable Rockstars! and see if you can be the quickest in school!
If you are lucky to speak an additional language, please continue to use this in your home with your child. If your child is fluent in their home language, they are more likely to find learning English easier. Be proud of your home language!