Welcome to Year 4
As you know, Mrs Poyntz and Mrs Goulding are the Year 4 teachers. Mrs Barrow, Mrs Lowes, Mrs Tindale, Mr Rutherford and Mrs Jewell are the Teaching Assistants who will continue to support in Year 4. We have enjoyed getting to know the children over the last term and we are looking forward to continuing to build a good relationship with each of the them during this one. We are lucky to have a student teacher with us until the end of March. Courtney Mallinson is a second year trainee and she is also very much looking forward to working with the children. Victoria Academy takes pride in welcoming students into our school and we know that our Year 4 children will be a great year group in which to gain experience.
What we will be learning this term
We are thoroughly looking forward to this term. We are continuing our Buddhism Topic which includes lots of beautiful art work (Mrs Jewell is doing a fantastic job in this area) and really teaches the children how to bring calmness into their lives. Our History Topic is now World War II and the children are enjoying the various activities that come with this topic area. We will also link some of our Reading and Writing in Literacy to the History topic. In Maths, we are continuing to teach using Big Maths and also broadening their understanding of the wider Maths Curriculum. (Please see ‘Subject Overview’ to see exactly what your child will be learning about).
Weekly homework will continue to be given out every Tuesday and needs to be returned by the following Monday. This homework may include a Literacy/Topic/Numeracy task. In addition to this, we would like you to continue to use the lists of common Year 4 spellings to help reinforce their spelling knowledge at home, and the children may begin to bring additional spellings home to learn as and when we feel it's appropriate/helpful. Regular daily reading with an adult, if possible, is highly recommended at this age and we would like this to continue as it is such an important part of their learning. As you know, we are always keen to hear about children’s experiences at home, so we would like to encourage the children to continue to bring in special belongings and share special times with us during circle time and PSHE sessions.We have been lucky to have been shown lots of amazing family photographs, view really special family treasures and even had Amelia Carruther's beautiful, little puppy visit :-)
Year 4 P.E days are Tuesday and Friday. (See our prospectus for further information regarding P.E. kit)
This Term we are visiting the Manjushri Buddhist Centre as part of the children's RE work.
Some of the children will be taking part in the Young Voices Concert in Manchester.
We are lucky to have planned in a visit from a genuine WWII evacuee - Mrs Sanderson's (our Site Manager) father - how exciting. Having real life people visit really enhances the children's understanding of a topic.
And here Bill is on the day:
The children were absolutely amazed at what had happened to Bill during WWII. We are so lucky to have had the chance to talk to him about his experiences - so much more interesting for the children than seeing it online or in a book!
There are some exciting sporting events coming up too - the Swimming Gala at the end of the Spring Term (Friday 31st March) and also Gymnastics and Golf.
Year 4 will also be holding a 'Work Show Day' on the afternoon of Monday 6th March and we really look forward to seeing you all there. :-)
Following on from our E-safety session with parents and Barrow Police, we have added some links to help you learn more about how to keep your child safe online. If you have any further questions or you just want to come in and chat about e-safety, feel free to call in.
Click to follow the links:
We have also provided you with links to download the appropriate guide to allow you to add parental controls to your internet provider. Click on the link below and 'open':
Please take the time to enjoy some of the photographs below of recent events:
Being Romans at the Beacon Museum Whitehaven :-)
World War 2 Artefact Day
The Manjushri Buddhist Centre, Ulverston