Mr Rowe - Woodpeckers
Welcome to the new year
Hi everyone and welcome to year 4 2022 - 2023! This page will display general information and, when necessary, specific dates of events that you will need to know. Photos and videos will appear on this page with parental consent.
Homework is sent home every Friday and will be looked at together on Friday. Children will receive maths, english, spellings to learn, a word search and a times table sheet to complete. The children will be tested on the ten words from the spellings homework, each Friday.
PE clothes are worn on Thursday and Friday to school. The children are in the junior hall participating in a gross motor skill program learning how to balance, be agile whilst maintaining coordination and control. They will need to wear blue shorts and a white t-shirt.
Important events and dates include:
Halloween disco - Friday 31st October
Parent consultations - Virtual and face to face 11th and 12th October
Celebration Assembly (for six children) - 14th October
Bonfire Night - Friday 4th November
St Briavels meeting - TBA
Music this term will see the children start learning a brass instrument, however instruments may not go home until the turn of the new year. Mr Jones and Mr Sharp from the Solihull music service will be conducting music lessons on Monday afternoons.
Reading at home is important and I recommend that your child has access to a book that they enjoy reading. During guided reading I will write a small note asking your child to perform a particular task, practise a particular skill or converse with an adult about a certain skill they have been learning. Having the opportunity to talk about a text and practise finding information and using evidence in the text to support their answers is something which will go a long way in developing your child's comprehension skills. It is not just be about reading to an adult at all times. If you need more guidance with this, please come and see me, I am happy to help.
Times table practise is important. By the end of this academic year, Y4 children are expected to know all of the times tables. Some children do say that they know them because they can recite them in order. The children need to know the multiplication facts and the associated division facts. Please practise these as often as you can. Lack of knowledge about the multiplication and division facts does slow progress when it comes to applying these in other areas such as fractions when finding quarters as an example. Please practise! We are now giving the children an online practise and test each Friday. They will be formally tested on all of the times tables at the end of each term. The children have to answer 25 questions and only have 6 seconds each question - NOT EASY!