Year 4 Class Page

Welcome to the Year 4 Page

Hazel and Hawthorn

On this page, we have information about the Year 4 curriculum, home learning, PE days and further support for your child. 

 
Mr Griggs and Mr Ogden
Mr Stuart Griggs

Year 4 Hawthorn Class Teacher / History Lead

stuart.griggs@horizonmat.com

Mr Toby Ogden

Year 4 Hazel Class Teacher

toby.ogden@horizonmat.com

Other supporting adults in Year 4
Mrs Helen Poole

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

helen.poole@horizonmat.com

Mrs Kerry Rhodes

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

kerry.rhodes@horizonmat.com

Mr Jack Ryan

Teaching Assistant/Sports Coach

Mrs Myriam Clarke

Teaching Assistant

 
Key Dates
 
Summer Term 2 2024
 
 
 
Monday 3rd June - Children Back to School
 
Tuesday 4th June - Tempest Class Photos
 
Monday 10th June - Year 4 Mount Batten Activity Day 1 
 
Tuesday 11th June - Year 4 Mount Batten Activity Day 2
 
Monday 24th June - KS2 Sports Day (10am) EYFS/KS1 (1:30pm)
 
Wednesday 26th June - Reserve Sports Day
 
Friday 28th June - PTA Summer Fair
 
Monday 8th July - Transition Afternoon (Meet New Year 5 Teacher) 
 
Friday 12th July - PTA Summer Disco
 
Friday 12th July - Children's School Reports Go Home Today
 
Friday 19th July - Last Day of Term
 
 
 
 
Getting to Know Year 4
What are Year 4 learning this year?
What are Year 4 learning this term?
 
 
Click on the document below
PE Days
 
 
Please note: from January 2024, all children will be expected to come into school wearing their PE kit on the days they have PE. For Year 4, this will be:  
 
Outdoor Games - Wednesday (Hawthorn and Hazel)
 
 
Indoor Games - Thursday (Hawthorn and Hazel)
 

For health and safety reasons, earrings should be small studs. Nose rings or other piercings are not deemed suitable. It is not desirable for children to wear other jewellery to school. Any jewellery and watches are the responsibility of the child and not the school.

 

PE Kit: 

  •      White PE t-shirt
  •      Navy blue shorts
  •      White socks
  •      Elburton hoody (available from the PTA)
  •      Navy blue tracksuit in Winter
  •      Sports trainers which provide full support (no fashion brands)

 

When wearing shorts for indoor PE days, children may wish to come to school wearing their tracksuit bottoms over their shorts to keep warm. These may be removed for their PE activity and replaced afterwards if needed.

For safety reasons, hair should be tied up for PE.

 

Swimwear (Summer Term Only):

 

Children who have long hair must tie it back or wear a swimming hat. One-piece costumes and swimming shorts or trunks only. Please could we ask for no boarding shorts to be worn as they constitute a potential health and safety hazard and are not recommended as appropriate swimwear. Earrings must always be removed before swimming.

 

PLEASE ENSURE ALL CLOTHING IS LABELLED.

 

LOST PROPERTY IS NOW KEPT IN THE COMPUTING SUITE IN THE KS2 AREA.

Home Learning in Year 4

Reading

 

Regular reading at home should be a priority for home learning. We expect the children to read aloud to an adult for 10-15 minutes at least 5 times a week in order to develop their fluency, give you the opportunity to explain the meaning of new words and to check their understanding through questioning.

 

In addition, we strongly recommend that you read a book that they would not necessarily choose or be able to read themselves. This will develop their understanding and overall enjoyment of reading. Reading to your child has a huge impact on their progress.

 

Spelling

 

We will continue to introduce a new spelling rule every Monday in school and practise it throughout the week. These weekly spellings will be set on Spelling Shed for the children to practise at home and will be tested on the Friday.

 

Times tables

 

Times Table Rock Stars will continue to be accessible at all times with appropriate tables assigned for your child.

 

Maths or English Tasks

 

A maths or an English task will be set each week. On occasions, we will also set home learning from one of the foundation subjects.

What is Accelerated Reader and why do we do it?
Accelerated Reader is a computerised programme that is designed to improve children’s reading ability and to raise their reading age.
 

The Accelerated Reader Program works by identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which is a selection of books that will not only match their ability, but will also challenge them and develop their vocabulary.

 

 

Each child takes an online comprehension test in order to determine their ZPD. Children will be directed to choose books from the class library that fall within this range. When they have finished the book, they will take a short, electronic quiz that assesses their understanding.  It also enables teachers to closely monitor individual reading progress and ensure that children are selecting books that are challenging enough to meet their individual needs. Teachers will have meaningful discussions about a child’s reading: what they have learnt and how we can help them to develop. 

 

Children are encouraged to read through an award system linked to Accelerated Reader which monitors the challenge, quizzes as well as number of words children are reading.

 

To access a parents guide on the scheme please click on the link below. 

Parents guide to Accelerated Reader 

 

AR Bookfinder 

You can help your child choose books that are both interesting and enjoyable with AR Book Finder.

We have attached a guide to this for your information.

The top 100 books for Year 4
What are the key spellings to know in Year 4?
Supporting children with their maths / times tables
Supporting children with their English / spellings
E-Safety
Other useful websites