Welcome to Year 4! The last year for the children at Henbury, Year 4 allows the children to fully prepare for the step-up to middle school. Within the curriculum, children are given the opportunity to fully embed and build upon the knowledge and skills taught in Year 3. All children are given positions of responsibility across the school during their time in Year 4 and also go on a residential in the later part of the year to develop independence.
Here you will find lots of information regarding the Year 4 curriculum, including how you can support your children at home. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact the school office or speak to one of the Year 4 team.
Meet the Team
Mrs Hay and Mrs Dawson teach Year 4, with support from their teaching assistants Mrs Hunt and Mrs Loder. Mrs Hay teaches on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, and Mrs Dawson on a Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Hunt is in the classroom Monday to Thursday.
Support at Home
Children will bring home a ‘Learn to Read’ book that is colour banded. This is the book we would love to see recorded in your reading record at least 3 times per week. You can of course log other reads from perhaps your library book or even your own books but this is the one we really want to see logged. Reading with and encouraging your child to read is one of the most important things you can do to help at home. We will keep a weekly check of who is reading at least 3 times per week, please do let us know if you want any further support.
The words sent home in the spelling logs give the children a chance to practice the phoneme or spelling rule that we have been focusing on during the week in our phonics sessions. Please don’t feel like you must practice the words in the book- if the children would prefer to practice them in a different way then that is fine.
Another important element to our spelling work is learning to read and spell common exception or red words. These words may not follow the focus sound and spelling rules we have been working on and we need to work hard to remember them. These are stuck both in your child’s reading record and spelling log.
Times tables are essential for the children to progress successfully through the Maths curriculum. We use a system called ‘Maths Rockstars’- each child will come home with a booklet noting the step that they are on and the questions they need to practice. These are tested each week. Any support with times tables at home is very appreciated. This could be on Times Tables Rockstars or simply chanting or counting in multiples. Please let us know if you would like any other ideas!
Homework is continued in Year 4 to ensure that the children are ready for the step up to middle school next year. The children are each given a homework book and are expected to complete an English, Maths or foundation subject piece of learning each week. Homework is due in on a Wednesday and is sent out on a Friday.
Meet the Teacher: September 2023