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Year 4 - Hummingbirds

Welcome to Year 4 and Hummingbirds.

Our Year 4 team is made up of the class teachers Mrs Laugere (Mon- Wed) and Mrs Foxhall (Thursday and Friday). We are also very lucky to have the support in class from Mrs Francis, Mrs Davies and Mrs Jones.

Year 4 is an exciting year as the children will be preparing for the transition to Middle School. Children are encouraged to be reflective, curious, ask questions and challenge themselves in their learning. They are supported throughout the year to become more self-disciplined and independent in their ability to manage their behaviour, organise themselves and protect themselves and others.

Children are encouraged to develop the skills to become intrinsically motivated, through the whole school team point system and our Hummingbird reward scheme which recognise both team and individual commitment to learning and demonstrating the school values.

We have the same 3 rules throughout the school which makes it easy for us to follow them. They are: 'Keep Safe', 'Use your Values' and 'Be the best you can be'. We learn about and practice these rules everyday.

Our Daily Routine
 
Every morning, we start each day with our spelling and handwriting practice, followed by an assembly and then English and Maths. In the afternoon we explore a range of topics through our study of foundation subjects. We also have a dedicated reading period after lunch which we find helps to calm the children down reading for their afternoon learning. To help us keep fit, healthy and focused, we run a daily mile and have regular movement breaks.
 
Important days to remember:
Monday
Reading book changeover.
Spelling test.
 
Tuesday
Come to school on PE kit - PE is in the afternoon.
 
Wednesday
Reading book changeover.
 
Friday
Celebration assembly.
Come to school on PE kit - PE is in the afternoon.
Reading book changeover.
Times table test.
 
 
Key Skills are Important
 
Spelling and reading skills are embedded throughout the curriculum. Spelling, punctuation and grammar skills are taught daily as part of English and reading comprehension through weekly whole class guided reading. Children also practice their spelling and cursive handwriting daily, as part of their early morning work. Mental maths, including times tables, are practice daily to build fluency and times tables are tested on a Friday.
 
All home support is hugely appreciated and has a positive impact on children's learning. You can support your child by making sure they read every day and record a comment in their diary, along with practicing their spellings and times tables. As the year progresses, in readiness for their progression to year 5, children will begin to be set homework, building up to weekly tasks by the summer term.
Here is a list of useful websites to support learning below;
 
Useful websites for adults that look after you:
 
In the meantime if you have any worries or you are unsure how to support your child completing their home learning then please call or email the school.
 
We believe in the power of Growth mindset
 
Children build on the understanding of the power of the growth mindset. A mindset, defined by Carol Dwek, is a self-perception that people hold about themselves e.g you are sporty or not sporty, charismatic or dull. In year 4 children are encouraged to challenge these perceptions and recognise whatever your starting point, you can cultivate any trait, challenge or mistake, through effort and conviction. Having a growth mindset allows all individuals to thrive, whatever the challenges that are thrown at them. Some of our favourite growth mindset quotes are:
 
1. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." - Amelia Earhart.
2." Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein.
3. "We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started." - Henry Ward Beecher.
4. "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Mary Angelou.
 
Our Year Ahead
 
During the year children have many opportunities to develop their confidence to learn in different settings: attending a 3 day residential course, participation in a singing experience with other children across the country and engaging in a range of cross-discipline competitive sporting activities. We hope that this year, pandemic permitting, the children will still be able to experience these things. In school experiences include STEM and art enrichment days.
 
How we keep our bodies and minds fit and healthy
 
Mental and physical wellbeing is a daily focus in year 4. Children are supported to have regular movement breaks during the day, including completing a daily mile and active mindfulness workouts which focus on breathing, stretching and mind relaxation. Weekly PSHE lessons support children to develop the necessary life skills to be strong, compassionate and confident citizens of the world.