All of the children and staff in ‘Heroic’ Hydra warmly welcome you to our class page. In Hydra, we embody each and every one of Bispham’s core values in everything we do. We are honest and helpful, enthusiastic and engaged, respectful and resilient and open-minded and kind. We are a great team because everybody is valued and while we have a lot of fun and laughs, we take collective responsibility seriously. We are ALL heroes in Hydra!
The staff team is made up of Mr Ellis (class teacher) and our dedicated teaching assistants, Mr Jones, Mrs Laing and Mrs Hailwood working across Year 4. We hope to regularly add to our class page to keep parents and guardians up to date with all the exciting things we will get up to this year.
In the meantime, please do take a look at our Year 4 Curriculum Map to get an idea of the structure of the school year and to help us prepare the children for the exciting challenges that Year 4 brings.
Year 4 Welcome Evening
We would like to thank everybody who attended the Y4 Welcome Evening on 11th September. We understand that not everyone could make it. So, as promised, the PowerPoint presentation is available to download below which will provide you with all the information that was shared on the evening.
Support at Home
We are sure you understand just how it important it is to support your child’s learning at home. In line with the school’s policy, we do not have set homework.
Instead, we have an expectation that children:
- Practise spellings. Children will be given new spellings every Friday and tested the following week. We find regular practise really boosts children’s confidence in literacy.
- Practise times tables as often as possible. The National Curriculum expectation is to be proficient at times tables up to 12×12 by the end of Year 4. We have a mental Maths session on a Friday but regular practise and support at home is essential. Due to the curriculum expectation that children can recall times tables almost instantly, a great online resource we often use in Hydra is ‘Hit The Button’. It’s effective for practising times tables and best of all, it’s brilliant fun! BEWARE: it can become very competitive, as we know all too well in our class! ( https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button )
- Aim to read at home every day. This is most effective with an adult but reading to an older sibling is great too. Please remember to sign your child’s Personal Organiser (P.O) as we hold exciting ‘Reading Teas’ for avid readers – they really are the talk of the school. Although your child will be provided with an appropriate book from our magical library, we value all types of reading. Anything appropriate around the house will do, including holiday brochures and take-away menus to sport reviews and recipes. We learn about a range of text types so broadening your child’s bank of knowledge of these will greatly support their learning in school.
- Engage with Flipped Learning and Google Classroom. We will occasionally ask our children to complete a ‘flipped learning’ task over a weekend. More often than not, this consists of viewing a video on YouTube or a website (for which we provide the direct link and recommend adult supervision). This allows your child to pre-learn our new topic area and boost their confidence before they even step into school. Of course, we fully understand that certain circumstances mean some children cannot always engage with online learning and we ask that you inform us if you have any difficulties so we can provide the children with these resources in school time.
- We’re really excited to send our ‘Buzzy Bee’ home on a Friday for children to write all about their weekend together! Make sure you watch out for that, you might be the lucky person chosen out of the lollipop sticks!