Year 4

My name is Mr Thompson and I am the year 4 teacher. I have been teaching at Dame Dorothy since 2007 and I really enjoy it and I’m sure your children will do too. I am responsible for PE and Science in the school.

SPaG
The literacy lessons consist of the teaching of a number of key elements; Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPaG) and text level work which involves reading a text and then exploring it through shared writing and independent writing. The SPaG element will involve using prepositions, subordinating conjunctions, speech marks, paragraphs and much more. We will complete 6 quick fire questions every morning after mental maths.

Maths
Dame Dorothy Primary School boasts excellent mathematic skills. Each morning, the children have mental maths to complete. It is important that the children get to school promptly at 8:45am so they don’t miss out on their mental maths. I would also encourage the children to access a number of online games at home (TT Rockstars) which will help develop their stamina towards their knowledge of times tables and related division facts as well as quick fire addition/subtraction mental maths.
In maths teaching, we are working in line with the New Curriculum and the children are being taught more formal methods. The children must know their times tables and related division facts to support them in their work. It’s the basis of so much of what we will learn this year!

Literacy
This term we will be reading Midnight Fox and will be basing a lot of our literacy work around that. There is a big focus on handwriting in the school this year. Presentation is so very important!

Spellings
Y3 and 4 generally have the same spellings over the course of the year. We begin by going over some of the Y2 spellings and then move onto the Y3/4 list. Spellings are a lesson focus 2-3 times per week in place of them being learnt at home.

Topic
This term, our topic will continue to be Heroes and Villains of the old east end of Sunderland- which is a study of the History of this town and how these characters impacted on the city today. We will use this topic to inspire our writing and even our art work. From the topic we will also achieve reading skills, art, DT, RE and even some maths so it really will be a topic based curriculum!

In Science we will be looking at animals and their habitats. It will follow on from the Y2 unit of the same name and is biology based.

ICT
We have the opportunity to use a wide range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads. We ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and they are always extremely responsive to this. On a weekly basis, the children are learning basic programming skills and are learning to write simple instructions (algorithms) to make things happen; the children are really motivated by this.

PE
PE lessons are on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure your child comes to school with the correct kit and can remove any earrings and/or jewellery they may be wearing. We will be playing football for the first half term and tennis for the second half term via expert teaching from our PE coaches. Please note, it is essential that your children have suitable footwear for PE sessions. Trainers must be worn.

A few reminders
Homework is the open homework and it’s a project on the heroes and villains of the old east end of Sunderland. Homework books cannot go back and forth between home and school so all spelling work will be done in class.

Please email me at teacher@damedorothy.org.uk if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

All children have been provided with a named water bottle. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

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