I hope I find you all well. We are aiming to start the new academic year on Wednesday 2nd September. We have abided to the government guidelines in order to keep staff and children safe when we return to school. Above you will find a letter attached that explains the safety procedures we have implemented. The curriculum will be adapted in order to cater for the children's needs and make up for lost time.
We are eager to welcome all of the year 4 pupils back to school. We will revise our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will continue with our 'Brookhouse Monsters University' rewards scheme to acknowledge positive attitudes and behaviour that are consistent with our values. If your child is in the winning team, they will celebrate with a party at the end of term. Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and we expect it back in and completed by Monday to be marked, there will also be online task to complete.
Our Topic is Sparks Might Fly!
Our main topic for English is Explanation Texts followed by Film and Play Scripts. During the first unit of work children will explore a range of explanation texts and video clips. The second unit will consist of comparing a variety of Film and Play Scripts. By the end of the unit children will create their own explanation text and script utilising our 'Talk for Writing' strategy of Imitate, Innovate and Invent. Reading is a priority of ours at Brookhouse therefore we will have Whole Class Reading session everyday, where children are expected to read a range of texts and answer questions from all reading domains and a main focus on vocabulary. We will be trialing a new online reading resource called 'Reading Plus'. It is imperative to support your child with reading and spellings at home for ten minutes daily.
Our new Maths No Problem Scheme allows children to learn practically with resources alongside concrete, pictorial and abstract models. Our aim is to improve maths fluency, reasoning and problem solving. To start, our main focus will be Place Value and Number. Please encourage your child to practice their timetables up to 12x tables as they will be tested online towards the end of year to see if their knowledge is at expected level. In order to aid them with this, your child can use 'Timetable Rockstars' and 'MyMaths', Both website links can be located on the Website Star above.
In Science we will be learning about Physics, specifically Electricity where they will be creating a variety of circuits. Children will be expected to work scientifically by making observations, classifying and identifying, conducting research and reporting findings.
Within Design Technology children will explore, plan, create and evaluate an electrical board game which links to their learning in Science of creating circuits.
P.E sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoon, please ensure your child has their full P.E kit in school. The kit should include a yellow P.E top with the school's logo matched with black shorts, joggers or leggings and black pumps. Some sessions will be conducted outside therefore a sweatshirt and trainers are advised. Additionally, Year 4 pupils will take part in swimming lessons on Friday morning - once a week. Please make sure children have an appropriate swimming suit and a swimming cap. All jewellery must be removed. ensure earrings are taken out before the session or covered with plasters.
Daily sessions will take place in the classroom during assembly time. Children will have the opportunity to share and discuss any concerns or worries openly.
Any queries feel free to approach us on the playground or arrange an appointment through the school office.
Finally, it is a worrying time for all so we wish you the best of health. Please look after yourselves and your families.
Miss Martin, Mrs Esmail and Ms Begum.