Cycle 4

Cycle 4

Teacher: Miss Wills

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Singh

The children will be continuing to take part in short focused sessions on the carpet. These sessions are: Phonics, Maths and Communication and Language. George the bear helps the children to remember the listening rules during these sessions.

Phonics: Some children are continuing to learn and practise the sounds during our Read Write Inc sessions. We also do ‘Fred Talk’ which focuses on blending oral sounds. Later the children will progress to reading the letters and blending them together to read the word.

Some children will be working on Phase 1 Letters and Sounds where the emphasis is on developing the children’s speaking and listening skills and tuning into sounds in preparation for the Read Write Inc programme.

Communication and Language: During this cycle the children will be listening to and joining in with the stories ‘The Gigantic Turnip’ by Aleksei Tolstoy and ‘I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato’ by Lauren Child. 

Maths: We are continuing to learn to recognise numbers up to 10. We are learning to count objects by placing them in a line and touching each object. We will continue to sing number songs and rhymes. We will also be playing with shapes.


I hope you are all enjoying sharing books at home with your child, talking to them about the pictures and asking questions at their level.

Please remember to fill in their reading record book so that we know the children are sharing their book with you at home. Some children will start to bring home ‘pink’ books which have words in them. Encourage your child to recognise some of the sounds that we are learning in our phonics sessions.

Fine motor skills:

Fine motor skills is the coordination of small muscle movements – usually involving small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements. In the Early Years we provide opportunities that are fun and interactive for the children. Developing fine motor skills in early childhood education helps build the foundation for important future skills like writing and self-care.

Examples of activities that can be provided at home or school are:

  • Threading beads, pasta etc
  • Playing with playdough
  • Cutting/snipping paper
  • Building with lego and blocks
  • Dressing dolls
  • Puzzles
  • Sorting pom poms/objects with play tweezers

Things to remember:

**Warm weather

As the weather continues to warm up please can we ask that you put sun cream on your child before school. Ensure that your child has a bottle of sun cream in school which can be applied again later in the day. Please provide your child with a hat/cap to protect them from the sun.

Spare Clothes

Please ensure your child has a bag of spare clothes with them in school at all times, including underwear and socks. It is very important that we are able to change your child and make them comfortable if any toileting accidents occur or if they get wet from water play. We explore the outdoors in all weathers so children need to be dressed appropriately.

All children require a pair of wellies in school.  The children really enjoy outdoor water play and accessing the sandpit.

Snack Money

We ask that the children bring in a voluntary contribution of 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks.

Children must be in correct school uniform at all times. This includes appropriate footwear. Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Focus child

We have three focus children per week. We record additional information on paper to be kept in the child’s folder in the classroom. Parents can contribute to this by bringing in or emailing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: A trip to the park, visiting familyswimming lessonsThe photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class or to write about. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.



Cycle 4

Your Year 4 teachers this year are Mrs Mendham and Miss Savage.


We would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in all items of their uniform, including coats.


PE lessons will now be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesday we will have indoor PE as normal and on Thursdays we will be going swimming. We suggest your child brings their kit in at the beginning of the half term and then take it home at the end of each half term to be washed. You may choose to wash your child’s PE kit more frequently.


We will have Mr Garbutt, our music teacher, coming in to teach us Music on Wednesday afternoons. The children will be allocated a brass instrument and will need to be kept at home to allow the children to practice and they will need to bring it in every Wednesday for the lesson.


Homework is given out each Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This will include a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn weekly. If for any reason the homework is not handed in by a Thursday morning, there will be a lunchtime club on that day where the children will have to complete any missing work.

An Overview of Cycle 4:

English Power of Reading book- Charlotte’s Web

Setting description

Character description


Diary Entry

Non-Chronological Report

Maths Place Value





Problem Solving


Data Handling

Science Sound
History Ancient Egypt
RE Why do some people think that life is a journey and what significant experiences mark this?
PSHE Taking More Control
PE Dodgeball


Computing Using and Apply Skills

Online Safety

Music Brass Instruments
French Quelle heure est-il?
Design and Technology Moving Parts



Weekly Reminders




Tuesday Indoor PE


Wednesday Music with Mr Garbutt


Homework due in

Thursday Outdoor PE


Friday Homework handed out


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child, for what we’re sure will be a very exciting year.

If you’ve got any questions, please do not hesitate to come and ask.

Mrs Mendham