All about Year 4

Our teachers

Our teacher is Mrs Russell; our teaching assistants are Mrs Rice, Mr Howman and Mrs Collins. Other non-class based support staff also timetabled to support children are Mr Howman, Mrs Collins and Mrs Kemp.

After successfully transitioning into Key Stage Two, Year 4 pupils can now understand their role as independent learners within school. We strive to excite, challenge and motivate all pupils, aiming to build on the children’s interests and strengths as well as developing their next steps. 

Throughout the year, we cover a rich and challenging topic based curriculum, striving to engage all pupils and encouraging them to develop their own desire to learn. 

The topics that we will cover this year are:

Autumn  ~ The Environment

Spring  ~ Ancient Egypt

Summer  ~ Modern Technology

PE Days

Our PE days are Wednesday (outdoors) and Friday (in the hall). Please ensure your PE kit is in school and we will return them during the half term break for a wash. Please remember to put labels in all your children’s clothes including socks and shoes. Please avoid wearing earrings on PE days and tie back long hair. Please include jogging bottoms and a warm sports jacket/hoody for the colder weather, and shorts and a light t-shirt when we are blessed with warmer weather. In the Summer term we will be using Colchester Leisure World Training Pool to develop our swimming skills and strokes. 

Rewards and Certificates

Across the school we use ‘Class Dojos’ where children can be awarded ‘dojo points’ for working hard and trying their best in school, completing reading at home, demonstrating excellent behaviour etc. There are badges that can be gained as children ‘collect’ points.

‘Headteacher Awards’ are used to encourage children to work at their best and can be awarded at any time during the school day.

Golden Awards are awarded weekly in our ‘Celebration Assembly’ on a Friday, with each class nominating two children to receive an award. We also award our ‘Old Heath Heart Award’; there is an award for Early Years & Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2. 

Communication:

We aim to work with parents to help the children however we can. We are out in playground before the bell if you need to convey a quick message or arrange a longer chat after school for conversations which require more time. 

How to help your child at home:

  • Enjoy books with your child. This has such a positive impact on children’s learning, I cannot emphasise this enough. Share them together and discuss the characters and story plot. Can your child recall a time they have been in a similar situation or can they infer meaning by reading between the lines and explain a character’s actions?
  • Help them to practise their spellings every week.
  • Help them to practise their times tables every week. Year 4 band expectations are for all children to learn all tables to 12x12. 
  • Maths games: Play games like Monopoly, cards and Rummikub. These help improve and speed up the children’s recall of basic addition and subtraction facts, an essential prerequisite of learning more complex strategies of calculation.