This year, Mr Sheridan will be leading Year 4 again and will be joined by fellow teachers Miss Parkes, Mr Price and Miss Jones. We are also lucky enough to have Mrs Iveson who will be supporting groups of children in the mornings. The Year 4 team come with a wealth of experience and are all committed to delivering a brilliant year for your child.
If you have any concerns throughout the year, it would be best to discuss this with your class teacher after school. Alternatively, you can call the reception to book a meeting with your child’s class teacher.
Below you will find some of the exciting things that we have planned for the upcoming year. Please be aware this may be changed and updated throughout the year.
At Sir Donald Bailey, we are always looking to improve our curriculum to ensure that children are getting the very best education possible. This is no different in Year 4 where we will be reviewing and improving our curriculum from previous years. We try and ensure that there are curriculum links where possible so that our children become immersed in a topic.
We cover brilliant history topics such as The Romans and The Ancient Greeks and Science topics such as The Water Cycle and Sound. All our topics are covered within our Composition lessons and the children have opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge through pieces of writing.
Every other week, we will complete an independent write where the children will be given a small input about something that has been covered in topic and then will have to write about it in as much detail. The children will be given extensive feedback the following week which will improve their writing greatly.
Spellings & TT rock stars
Spellings for your child will be stuck in diaries every Monday and they will be tested the following Monday. Please ensure your child practices these spellings to the best of their capabilities.
A TT rock stars login will be stuck in your child’s diary and this will give the child the opportunity to login from home and practice their timetables. Please use the following link to logon to your child’s account.
Swimming & PE
From the second week back, Year 4 will start swimming lessons. Girls will need a swimming costume NOT a bikini and boys need close fitting trunks NOT Bermuda style shorts. The leisure centre are very strict about these rules and children will not be allowed to swim without the correct style of kit. Please ensure you provide your child with a towel and goggles are optional.
We will be having PE on a Thursday afternoon with Mr Evans. Please ensure that your child comes in correct PE uniform which is a plain white t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers. Mr Evans comes with a wealth of experience and always delivers fantastic, enriching lessons.
Johno Lee Visit
During Autumn term, will be having a very exciting visitor coming to the school who will be our local counsellor Johno Lee. He will be coming into the school to discuss the importance of democracy with the children and why it will be important to vote when they are old enough. This visit will link in with our work with Ancient Greece and we are delighted that Johno will be coming in.
Blue Lake visit
During Autumn term, the children will get the opportunity to put their artistic skills to test when they will be tasked with completing observational drawings of Blue Lake. The children will be trusted to walk down to the lake with the Year 4 team and will have the chance to produce some brilliant pieces of art.
After Christmas, Year 4 will be working with a specialist music teacher from the Nottingham Music Service. During these sessions children will enjoy rhythm and sound work as well as singing and playing an instrument.
During Spring term, the children will have a chance to watch the famous RAF band who will perform at Newark Academy. This trip will involve taking a short bus journey down to the Academy and watching the band perform some well-known songs. In previous years, this has inspired the children to take up music and we hope the same will happen this year.
If you have any enquires or queries please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 4 team.