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West Hampstead Primary School

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Welcome to Year 4

Year 4

    

September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Welcome to Year 4!   We hope that you had an enjoyable summer and that you are ready for the busy year ahead.

 

English and Maths

In English we will be exploring writing to persuade and also writing to entertain using a combination of detailed picture books and fiction chapter books.  We will also be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts related to our topic, the Ancient Egyptians, with a focus on new vocabulary and answering comprehension questions. To support their learning, please ensure that your child reads at home for 15-20 minutes every day. You can also support them by asking them when/why/what and how questions about what they have read.  Every child has a reading record which should be updated at home each evening and brought to school every morning. Children earn stickers when they read at home. These contribute to certificates and your child will be awarded a book as prize once they have earned 3 certificates!

In Maths we will continue to focus on learning our times tables and related division facts.  Your child will explore the place value of larger numbers, how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 and learn how to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 too. To further support their learning, please practise times tables regularly at home. The game Hit The Button is a free and engaging recommended app.

Afternoon Lessons

Our topic this half term is Ancient Egypt, which is a history based topic. We will investigate how we know about Ancient Egypt, how Ancient Egyptians lived and about Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. We are currently planning an in school workshop event and will write to you again soon with details. To further support their learning, you may wish to visit the library, or The British Museum, which is free and has amazing Egyptian artefacts to see.  Year four will also study RE, French and Computing throughout the year.

PE

PE this term will be on Monday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has the correct kit for these lessons. Danube will be going swimming every Monday afternoon for the first half of the year and Seine class for the second half (after the Easter holiday). 

Music

The children will have weekly music sessions using a variety of methods to explore and experiment with their voices. We will also be working on songs for our end of term pantomime. After Christmas we begin to learn the recorder.

General Expectations

The school gates open at 8:50am and school finishes at 3:30pm. Please see the letter sent out to you last week for detailed information about the start of the day and collection time.  Make-up and jewellery, apart from stud earrings and a watch are not allowed. We also expect children to be in the correct school uniform every day. If you have any questions about uniforms, please ask.

We will be using Class Dojo to reward children with Dojo points for engagement, achievement, effort and displaying the school values. If you’d like to follow your child’s points you can do so by following the links that will be sent out to you via email.

Homework

Maths homework will be via Mathletics – this will begin next week (WB 13.09.21) and further information will follow.  Weekly spellings will be sent out for at-home practice and spelling tests will be held on Fridays. As explained above, daily home reading is also expected.

Please come and meet the team and find out more about Year Four learning and homework at the upcoming parent event on Wednesday 22nd September between 3:45 and 4:45pm. Further information will follow.

Healthy School

West Hampstead Primary School is a healthy school.  Please help us by providing a healthy packed lunch. You may also send in a fruit portion for children to eat at snack time. Your child should also bring in a water bottle every day. We will celebrate birthdays with a class birthday song and ‘Happy Birthday’ stickers. Please do not send in sweets or cake.

Thank you for your continued support. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at year4@westhampstead.camden.sch.uk or chat to us in the playground at the end of the day.

Anna Woodfield, Louise Kwa and Neil Thompson