St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Lidgett Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2QD

Year Four

In our class we enjoy learning about a variety of topics and developing skills across all curriculum subjects.  Our daily RE, Maths and English learning form the core of our timetable and help us make links to our other subjects and provide the foundations we need to build on.

Maths Meetings

Every morning at 8.45am we will begin our day with maths meetings, during this time we will practise lots of interesting maths facts and consolidate our knowledge and understanding of: place value, days of the week, months of the year, number bonds, table facts, fractions, measurements, telling the time.

A prompt start to the day is really important so that our maths meetings can begin on time.

Learning

We have already had a busy time this half term, with the visit from Warburtons and the dance workshop as part of World Book day.  This half terms topic is, ‘How things work’. With this in mind, we will be looking at how the local area and community has changed over time.  We will cover many of the history and geography expectations for year 4 as they discover more about the changes that have happened just outside living memory in Dinnington.  We have started by looking closely at a map of Victorian Dinnington and will continue to investigate changes using census material and photographs. Our science will get messy as we investigate the working of the digestive system as the children will be making a mock-up of the stomach and bowels that will excrete!

Every Wednesday afternoon, Mentorus come to work with year 4. This is Year Four’s PSHCE and they are working on all areas of PSHCE especially self-belief, perseverance, self-control and working as a group.

This year we have also covered the topics of: Timeline Treasures: The Stone Age,  Be Inspired: Shackleton; Around the World – Italy.  We are really looking forward to our geography topic in summer 1 and our art topic in Summer 2. Class story time is a really important time of our school day and we have enjoyed a range of books as a class and are currently enjoying The Secret Lake as our class text and can’t wait to see what happens next.

Reading

All children have a book that they can read at home. Where children are still on the Read, Write Inc. programme, this is a decodable book, which they can read aloud confidently as it only includes the sounds that they have already learnt.  Once the children are fluent readers, they are encouraged to read one of the great books from the book corner in the classroom closely matched to the lexile level they are reading at.

Homework

Reading is the main focus for our all our children and we would ask all our families to spend time each evening reading a great bedtime story to your child as this is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. 

Homework is set on a Thursday and returned the following Tuesday for marking. Homework includes daily reading, spelling and table fact practise.

Exciting Events

In the Autumn term we are looking forward to an exciting visit from a theatre company, a whole school visit to the pantomime in December and storytelling session from the library.

Further details about these will be sent home shortly.

Get in Touch

As your child’s class teacher, it is my aim to work in partnership with parents to provide and excellent experience for your child. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions whatsoever. The best way to do this is to see me in the playground after school, send a message via ClassDojo or to telephone school to arrange an appointment on 01909 550123.