Welcome to Year 4!

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein

Staff - Class teacher - Mr Palmer Teaching Assistants - Mrs Lewis and Miss O'Donnell

There is plenty to look forward to in Year 4! Our children have begun this year with a very positive attitude and a willingness to learn new things and achieve their goals. They have shown enthusiasm and commitment to the challenges of Year 4 so far and I know they will continue to do so in the coming months.

Reading - Children should be reading a little every night and answering questions about the text to check their understanding. The children may change their reading book on a Thursday. Even if they have not finished their book please return the reading record so we can see that your child has been reading at home and enter them into the Reading Champion draw.

Water Bottles - It is important that your child has some water to drink throughout the day. Please ensure your child has their name on their water bottle in school. This should be brought home each night to be washed and returned containing fresh water each day.

Uniform - PLEASE ensure ALL uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

P.E. – P.E. will take place every Tuesday. Children’s kit should be a plain dark tracksuit (preferably black) white Summerhill T-shirt and trainers.

Homework – This will be put on Google Classroom. The children will get spellings each week and times tables to learn. There will be a test on a Thursday. Children should learn their spellings and times tables every night.

Times Tables - It is expected that children know times tables from 1-12 in Year 4, I cannot stress how important the tables are in every area of maths and they need to be able to recall this information with accuracy and speed. The children need to practise these so they can recite them quickly in any order and also know the corresponding division facts. There will be a national times tables test at the end of Year 4 in which children will be asked 25 times table questions with 6 seconds to answer each question.

Medication – Any medication required to be administered during the school day can only be done if:

  • It has been prescribed by a medical professional

  • It is in the packaging with the dispensary label

  • Required forms have been completed via the school office

  • If your child is asthmatic, we need to have a reliever inhaler at school. We are not permitted to give children over the counter medicines e.g. Calpol. All medication must be delivered directly to the school office for administration.

  • Over the counter medications cannot and will not be administered.

  • Attendance and Punctuality - Please ensure your child attends school and please only keep them off if absolutely necessary. The children must be in the classroom ready to learn not later than 8.55am. The doors will be open from 8.45am. Holidays during school time will not be authorised and parents will be referred for a penalty notice should they take their child out of school.

Monies into school - all school based activities can be paid using SIMSpay - this is our preferred method. If you cannot do this then money must be sent in a sealed envelope clearly named and labelled. Please keep up to date with what’s going on in our school - use our website and twitter account!

Make and Bake - We are asking for a contribution towards all the exciting craft, art, baking or cooking activities the children will be completing as part of our Art and DT curriculum of £5 per child for the full year. Please could this be cash in a named envelope. Thank you.

Website - www.summerhillprimary.com Twitter - @SummerhillL31. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at; rpalmer@summerhillprimary.com or by calling the school office on 0151 526 1343.

Many thanks,

Mr Palmer and the Year 4 team.