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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 4 – St Teresa of Calcutta

Welcome to the Year 4 Class page

Dear Parents,

Welcome to another year at Holy Family, and to your child’s new class –    St. Teresa of Calcutta! I am really looking forward to this year with the new Year 4’s. This is a fantastic year where children begin to mature into their own personalities and make excellent strides in their learning. There will be some fantastic opportunities for all the children this year, and I am excited to get started and get to know all the quirks and personalities of your children as we enjoy our learning together.

This Autumn term will look to consolidate and secure upon excellent learning they did last year in Year 3, particularly in English and Maths. For a detailed look into what we will be covering across the curriculum up until Christmas, please see the curriculum overview overleaf.

As you are hopefully all aware, Year 4 will be taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Foundation festival this year, performing Romeo and Juliet at the Tobacco Factory Theatre on Friday 23rd November. This is a fantastic opportunity for every child in the class. We will be exploring the play and putting our production together for the next 12 weeks – so expect lots of communication and requests over this time! During this time, it is important that both parents and children are committed to the process. Once roles have been decided this week, there will be a subsequent letter on how children should prepare for the play over the coming weeks.

Romeo and Juliet will take the place of our creative curriculum topic up until our performance mid-November. After this, Ancient Egypt and rivers will be combined into one topic leading up until Easter. As our creative topic, the children will have more opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s work in depth, as well as give us opportunity to complete our projects, such as cooking or art work, on the Shakespearean theme.

Spellings will continue as per last year, with the children being grouped according to attainment and homework being handed out by their group’s teacher to be tested on the following Monday. Your child will need his/her reading book in school every day, and we encourage that you read as regularly as possible at home with them. Creative topic homework will also continue, with children asked to complete a creative and written piece related to our topic/performance. A letter will be sent out next week regarding this, as well as other homework.

PE will be taking place on Tuesdays and Fridays so please ensure PE kit is in for these days. Due to a change in our planning time, forest schools is being implemented into the curriculum. Children will no longer need their forest school kits in school on a regular basis, only when required (this will be later in the year).

I encourage a strong partnership between myself and my classes’ parents throughout the year. If you have any concerns or problems, however small, please do not hesitate to find me at the door after-school, or on the playground in the mornings. In return, I will endeavour to inform you of events within class and your child’s progress while we advance through the year. I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Many thanks,

Mr. Marshall