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Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to Year 4...

Welcome to Year 4!

As you already know, Redgrave class teacher is Mrs Grimmer and Pinsent class teacher is Miss Loo. Mrs Wyatt and Mrs Benham are the teaching assistants.

On Wednesday afternoons, the class will be led by Mr Collins for outdoor P.E. and Mrs Pakes for music.

P.E days for Redgrave are Monday morning (swimming) and Wednesday afternoon (outdoor). Pinsent are Tuesday (indoors) and Wednesday (outdoors).  We ask that you are aware of the weather for the Wednesday session and your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

We follow the four rules of Ellingham which are displayed in every classroom and should be known.  In addition, we are aiming for every child to have a positive attitude towards their learning and be keen to do their best.  We expect every child to listen carefully and be accountable for their choices.

To reward children for respecting and championing these rules we will have a number of new systems in place. School Houses are being introduced this year and will be replacing the star learner rewards and certificates. Students will be rewarded house points by showing excellence through their behaviour, both in class and out, and by demonstrating determination, resilience and success in their academic work. These points will go to helping their house succeed, but will also count towards certificates that the children can earn.

The school has also introduced a new policy for sanctions for those who are choosing to disobey the class or school rules.  We are introducing a peg-based system where all children will start each day with their peg on a ‘positive learner’ section (similar to the green traffic light system from last year). If a child makes a poor choice, they will need to move their peg down to the ‘given a look’ section. If more poor choices are made they will move their peg to the ‘1st warning section’, then to their ‘2nd warning’. If their choices continue to be poor once past this point, then they may be asked to move to another classroom; be sent to the Key Stage Leader; miss some of their break time; or be sent to the Deputy or Head Teacher. We would like to stress that children in our classes will have several chances to correct their choices before it escalates to these stages. However, we take our school values and rules very seriously and would like your support in helping us maintain positive learning environments for all our children.  If you would like to discuss any of this further with us, please do not hesitate to email or call us for a chat.

So now we move on to what we all will be learning about in Year 4.  Our topics for this year will be:

Autumn 1 – Brazil

Autumn 2 – Anglo Saxons

Spring 1 – I want my Mummy.

Spring 2 – I want my Mummy.

Summer 1 – Urban Versus Rural

Summer 2 – Riveting Robots

Information about each of these will be available on the website in topic webs and we will be blogging as we go along.

As part of some of these topics, we have exciting days planned to engage our young learners.

We will also have themed days including a Carnival Day and an Ancient Egyptians Explorers Day, where we engage the year group by transforming our classrooms and interactively learning through role play. On these days we encourage children to dress up, but it is not compulsory. I will keep you updated far in advance of these days.

There will also be a trip to The British Museum during the Spring term to support our learning about the Egyptians.

We will keep you informed about any other important days or trips that may come up through letters, the school website and emails.

We have not yet confirmed a date for our class assembly this year, but will let you know shortly.

Other little bits for you to know:

  • In Key Stage 2, we do not get supplied with fruit. Please ensure you give your child fruit to bring in for their morning break. These should not be left in their lunchboxes, but brought up to the classroom each morning.
  • P.E. kits are compulsory and must be worn to take part. We suggest leaving the P.E. kits in school for the duration of each half term before taking it home to be washed.
  • Correct school uniform will also be required at all times in class. This means appropriate footwear. Trainers are not allowed to be worn during lesson time.
  • At the end of Year 3, Pinsent class had their swimming lessons. Redgrave class are now having theirs.
  • This year, we will be continuing to use the learning journals for homework and any other out of school work your child wishes to share with us. However, we will be reintroducing reading diaries as a separate book. In these, the children should record what they are reading (this includes all forms of literature) and should be accompanied by any comments from listeners. 

We hope that we have covered everything. If you feel there are some parts that are unclear, or you have further questions, our doors are always open. If that is for any reason not possible, please send us emails via the school office.

Kind regards,

Mrs Grimmer and Miss Loo

Redgrave and Pinsent Class Teachers

Ellingham Primary School