A very warm welcome to Year 4.
Y4H - Miss Hawcroft
Y4BM - Mrs Bramhill / Mrs McCurdy
Mrs Marley and Mrs Turner support across both classes every morning.
You will find our learning environment on the north side of the school, overlooking the playground, school garden and pond area. This provides a wonderful natural space for core stories and creative activities in the summer.
Miss Hawcroft - I have taught at Travis St Lawrence for the last 3 years but I have been teaching for over 10 years in other schools around Doncaster. I'm really excited to be teaching in Year 4 this year and teaching new topics after being in Y5 for the last few years. Outside of school, I enjoy travelling, art, reading, visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and spending time with my young niece and nephew.
Mrs Bramhill -
Mrs McCurdy - I’ve taught at Travis for the last 9 years in various year groups from year 1 to year 5. I love encouraging the children to believe in themselves and helping them to aspire to be the best that they can be. Outside of school, I enjoy travelling, swimming, baking and reading. I’m kept incredibly busy with my two young sons and we can often be found exploring in the great outdoors. I love anything Disney and I’m also a huge Harry Potter fan!
Please try to read with your child at least three times a week and record it in their reading record book. This can be the school banded book or a book from home. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events. Encourage children to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations and summarising the pages they have just read.
It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day so that adults within school can also record in them. On Mondays, We will collect and record the number of times read at home each week. Children who show great improvement or hit the highest number of reads receive a reading certificate to share with their families.
We encourage a love for reading and aim for our children to be lifelong readers. The children are encouraged to read and enjoy the books in our book area within the school day. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently. Children will be able to change their reading books to take home each morning during our Early Bird sessions. Please encourage your child to do this independently.
Home Learning Logs
Please hand in homework logs on a Wednesday where they will be marked, discussed with the child and given back home on a Friday. At the beginning of each topic, you will be given a knowledge organiser which will have key facts and vocabulary to help with the any home learning activities and learning within school. You will also be given a home learning menu of activities to complete at home. These are created by the Year 3 and 4 team to cover different areas of the curriculum in a fun and engaging way.
Spellings will be sent home each half term and will focus on the spelling rules/patterns investigated and taught during our spelling sessions. We will be testing on a Monday. There will also be two unknown words which will follow the rules/patterns.
Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.
Please make sure that children bring their kits in on a Monday and take them home on a Friday.
4BM - Tuesday and Thursday
4H - Tuesday and Wednesday
Tuesday is our outdoor PE session. Please make sure they also have this in their bags and that they have enough to keep themselves warm during the winter months.
Outdoor kit: red t-shirt/polo shirt, dark jogging bottoms, a hoody if it's chilly and socks and trainers.
Indoor Kit: red t-shirt/polo shirt and dark shorts
We have a daily Maths Meeting which is a fifteen minute meeting which focuses on consolidating key learning.
The children are encouraged to share their maths learning at home through the Maths with Parents website. This site is updated every two weeks by Miss Hawcroft and Mrs McCurdy and links to teaching covered in class. These fun activities can be shared with class teachers through comments or photos uploaded to the site.
TTRockstars is a fun away for children consolidate their times tables. Please encourage your child to log in as a little and often will help children become fluent, children will also be given time in class weekly. At the end of Year 4, all children are expected to know and recall all their times tables facts up to 12 x 12. They will complete the national multiplication tables check in the Summer Term.