At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.
Things To Know About Year Four
During year 4 children get the chance to really settle into school life. We have many interesting and exciting topics such as the fascinating India topic, learning about the Anglo Saxons and Vikings which includes a local study of Winchester, learning a new musical instrument every term through Listen 2 Me and a two night residential trip to Stubbington Study Centre. Children will be taught in their own classes for all subjects. We hope that this welcome pack will answer any questions you may have but feel free to come in for a chat.
Communication between home and school
- Please do not hesitate to contact class teachers via their school email addresses. These can be found on the school jotter app under ‘contacts’.
- We are happy to arrange a meeting over the phone – until further notice, we are trying to minimise the amount of adults we have on-site, but of course we can accommodate this if necessary.
- There will be a formal parents’ evening in October and March.
- In February, you will receive a mid-year report for your child which sets out strengths and targets for the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths.
- In July, you will receive a formal report of your child’s progress over the year.
Your involvement – At home
- Supporting your child with their homework.
- Regular reading at home.
- English and maths basic skill practise (especially time tables up to 12x12).
- Encourage your child to organise themselves.
- Name clothing, lunchboxes, etc. Please note that children will not need to bring in their own equipment (pencil cases etc) as these will be provided for them.
All pupils are expected to practise their times tables to support their mathematical understanding and aid speed of calculation. Pupils can access Times Table Rockstars website through the BWJS apps platform or through the stand-alone Times Tables Rockstars app. This will also be used during the school day to consolidate learning.
Your involvement – At school
There are various opportunities for you to become involved with the year group as a regular or one-off volunteer. If you would like to come into school as a regular volunteer, please contact Miss Pearmain (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application form.
- Paired reading assistance in the afternoon.
- Support with trips.
- Class support for more practical lessons.
Please note that we will not be allowing volunteers in school until at least after Christmas 2020.
Homework will be set on Thursdays and will be due back in school on Tuesdays. The children will have a homework book in which all of their homework will be put.
Maths homework will be given out weekly and will comprise of two parts. Children will be given a maths sheet of arithmetic questions which will follow a similar format each week, enabling children to practise their key skills. The sheet will also contain some questions to consolidate work they have done in class.
In addition to this, the children will be expected to use the Times Table Rockstars app or website each week to practise their times tables. Their log-in information will be put in their homework books.
Reading is our top homework priority at BWJS – it is the thing that makes the biggest difference to children’s progress across the curriculum. Children should be reading at home, ideally every day. Each fortnight, children will be set a task to do which will be based on a book which they have been reading. We will send home a template for this wherever possible. These tasks will be shared with other children in the class, and children will be expected to be able to talk about them.
Occasionally, we may suggest additional topic-based homework which children may choose to complete, but there will be no obligation for children to take part in these.
We follow a spelling curriculum at school, and we spend plenty of time learning new spellings. We will not be sending spellings home on a regular basis, but some children may have flash cards with key words on them to learn at their own pace, repeating the learning taking place in school
Pupils in Year Four who do not hand their homework in on time will be given one extra day; if it is not handed in on the following day, they will be expected to complete it during a break time.
- Library: Year 4’s library days are on a Tuesday and Friday.
- PE/Games: PE is on a Wednesday and Thursday. We suggest that you bring your child’s P.E. kit at the start of a half term and leave it in school. Due to the current situation, our swimming session has been turned into an extra PE session. We ask that children come to school in their PE kits on these days.
- Morning Tasks: We expect children to arrive in school promptly every day, as we will get straight to work at 8:45am with dedicated time to follow up on any outstanding issues from previous lessons. Children in year 4 may enter the building from 8.20am onwards
- Assembly: All school assemblies take place at the end of the afternoon and finish by 3:15pm – they will be class based for the foreseeable future.