Autumn Term 2019 - Welcome to Year 4!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you have all had an amazing summer holiday and that your children are ready and excited as me to begin our Year 4 journey together!
For those who do now know me, I am Miss Dooley. I am entering my fourth year as a qualified teacher and I am super lucky to have taught Year 4 for all of those years (the last two being at Southfields!) I find it a fantastic year to teach; we cover some brilliant topics and the progress the children make in preparation for Upper School is always so pleasing to see.
During the Autumn Term, our topic is Ruthless Romans.
Can you imagine life as a Ruthless Roman? Would you be as strong and fearless as a Roman soldier or a fierce celtic warrior? Have you got what it takes to build the roads and aqueducts the Romans so cleverly invented? Prepare to immerse yourself in Roman Britain, where you will imagine life as a roman citizen and soldier, form your own opinions on Boudicca’s revolt, advertise and persuade fellow Romans to visit your own incredible Villas/ Bath houses and experience the jobs and lifestyle of 43AD.
All of our writing in English will also be related to the Romans, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves into the topic and apply what we have been learning in our History and Geography lessons. We will be writing Roman stories, diary entries of Roman Soldiers, non-fiction reports about Roman way of life, persuasive adverts for Roman Villas, newspapers reporting on the Roman invasion and persuasive speeches for Roman leaders. As you can see we will be very busy experiencing and writing in a range of genres and styles. I cannot wait to see some of the writing the children produce and the progress they make during this first term.
In Science, we will be focusing on Sound and Electricity, however through large on-going investigations and experiments, lots of areas of our Science curriculum will be covered this term.
Our Autumn term focus for PE is Team Games. We will focus on Hockey and Netball, the children will build up their skills and abilities in these sports whilst improving their ability to work as a team.
A strong home-school partnership is extremely important. We both play an integral part in your child’s journey and I would love for us to communicate openly. If you ever have any worries, questions, concerns or problems however big or small, please do let me know to ensure that anything is dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Class DoJo is the most effective means of communication between us and I urge you, if you have not already, to connect to this as soon as possible. Messaging me on Class Dojo is often the quickest way to contact me and I endeavour to reply and get back to you as quickly as I can. I will update the class page with updates and photos of what we have been learning i school, as well as messages and key information about upcoming events, homework etc.
I am also of course happy to meet face to face if and when required. I will be on the door two mornings a week and will be available to take any quick questions or messages at the end of the day once all children have gone with their adults. I am sure you can appreciate that my schedule after school is very busy however, therefore I ask that any longer discussions or meetings to please be prearranged via Dojo Messenger to ensure enough time is allowed.
(We will update this section throughout the term with details about trips, visits and parental events.)
Our class will have a scheduled weekly slot for PE, however this can sometimes change and there may be other exciting opportunities that may arise throughout the week. Therefore we kindly ask that the children consistently bring in their PE kit on Monday morning and leave it in school until Friday when it can be taken home to be cleaned, this will ensure your child does not miss out on any activities. They will require both an indoor and outdoor kit throughout the year.
In Year 4, the children will continue to receive weekly spellings and times table homework. These will be given out and tested on a Thursday each week.
Topic based homework will also be given and due on a Thursday, however the children will usually have 2 weeks to complete this as it will often be larger and more creative tasks.
Maths homework will be given out periodically, as and when the class teacher feels necessary and most appropriate. Due dates for these may vary, but this will always be made clear on the homework or via Dojo.
We also strongly encourage your child to make the most of the online resources that are available to them. These include: ActiveLearn, Bug Club, iXL and TT Rockstars.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this information. If there is anything else you would like to know please do contact me and I will do my best to help you.
I look forward to meeting you all properly soon.
Miss Dooley :-)