We show our planners with our books. The teachers then look at what we have done, address any aspects of our learning that need to be improved or ‘sign off’ the activities we have completed on our planner.
Spellings: We are given new spellings every week on a Friday to learn by the following Friday. In the Middle Team, we learn new spelling strategies, rules and patterns to help in our writing as well as words from the National Curriculum Year 3/4 list. As well as learning the spellings, we complete a challenge using the words or spelling pattern from that week. It is important that we use these words meaningfully in our everyday writing. We also complete regular dictation activities.
Reading: To support our reading at school, we need to read aloud to an adult at home most evenings, to practise expression and help our understanding of the text. Please comment in the pink reading record at least 3 times a week as you read to and with your child. It is very important to discuss vocabulary meanings and stories in depth at this stage in their reading so that comprehension grows. You can use the reading bookmark with example questions to help you. Please encourage your child to write in their reading record to briefly review books and use their word card to record new vocabulary definitions.
We encourage children to take one or two books out of the school library at any one time and they can change library books before or after school, or during reading sessions. Parents are welcome to change books with their child after school.
Maths Challenges: We need to practise number skills and facts to help us with our calculations in mathematics. We use number bonds to help us with addition and subtraction and we learn all of the times tables to secure our learning of multiplication and division facts. We can use ‘Times Table Rockstars’ and other websites and games to help us learn our times tables and we will be quizzed on our mental maths every week at school. Our aim is to build up strategies for quick recall of number facts. Parents can support their child’s maths learning by referring to the Calculation Policy on our website and our MT guide.
Projects: Every term the Middle Team are given a major home learning project based on the topic we are studying. We have the chance to explore the topic in our own way. It is expected that the work will be completed at home, with optional help from family members.
Specific details will be sent home each term with plenty of ideas and suggestions. Members of staff are always available for advice or support. To celebrate our home learning, we invite families and the other teams to share our completed projects with us in our ‘Home Learning Exhibition’.
This year in the Middle Team we will learn Spanish. This will consist of basic vocabulary around specific themes.
You will need a PE kit in school at all times. This should be a pair of trainers, a red T-shirt, shorts and jogging bottoms. We have two regular sessions of PE each week but may also need our kit at other times.
We are always delighted to welcome parents and other family members who wish to come in to help. Please contact Middle Team staff if you’re able to help. Thank you.
Year 4 Music Tuition
Berkshire Maestros will come into school for 12 weeks on Thursday mornings in the Autumn Term to teach pupils in Year 4 to play a tuned instrument.
In the Middle Team we have lots of different clubs to choose from. Most of these are after school, but some take place during lunchtimes. An email is sent out explaining which clubs are running each term.