Hello and a very warm welcome! My name is Mrs Thornley and I am delighted to be your Year 4 class teacher at St. Mary's and St. Joseph's RC Primary School. We are also very lucky to have the support of our nurture teacher Mrs Crossland in the mornings. Together we look forward to ensuring your child has an enjoyable and successful year! Here you will find all the key information you may need to support and guide your child on their SMSJ journey in Year 4 including; an overview of the curriculum, end of year expectations, links to websites which you may find useful for home learning and general classroom updates. Please feel free to contact me via the class dojo or make an appointment through the office if you have any concerns or worries. I am always more than happy to have a general catchup on the yard at home time too!
At St Mary and St Joseph's our pupils are at the heart of every decision we make and our curriculum is designed to be inclusive, creative, ambitious and innovative to meet the needs of all our children. We follow a nationally recognised curriculum to learning 'Cornerstones Curriculum' which provides a creative approach to learning ; delivering outstanding learning opportunities for your child.
Each term your children will complete a main topic themed project, accompanied by short mini projects. Please keep posted to the 'Latest News' section of the website, Class Dojo and our school Twitter page where you will be kept up to date with all the amazing things going on in our class and around school and check out our gallery of photographs !
Reading is extremely important for our children for language acquisition, and occurs daily at one or more times during the school day - individually, through shared reading or in a guided reading group. In Year 4, we know the importance of reading to help us improve in other areas of learning. Reading for at least 10 minutes every day is massively beneficial!! Children have the opportunity to exchange their library books on a Monday and Friday.
Every Tuesday morning in Year 4, Mrs Kay joins our class to teach the children how to play the recorder, sing and learn different musical skills.
PE in year 4 is on a Tuesday afternoon and is taken by Mrs Boyle.