Hindley Junior & Infant School
Argyle Street, Hindley. WN2 3PN Tel. 01942 255339 Email. enquiries@admin.hindley.wigan.sch.uk

Year 4 - Mrs Grioli

Hi my name is Mrs Grioli and I am the Year 4 Class Teacher at Hindley Junior and Infant School.

I have been here for three years and I still get excited when I walk into my classroom each morning, we are so lucky to have such light, bright and spacious classrooms that we can fill with kind, polite, eager and enthusiastic children every day! My favourite thing about teaching is that no two days are the same and there is always something to make me smile or proud. The staff that I work with are Mrs Hannan and Mrs Hoyle who help me to create a fun, challenging and engaging classroom environment where children can learn, grow and develop whilst enjoying their days at primary school.

As part of the National Curriculum, Year 4 children will walk to Hindley Pool for a weekly swimming lesson with qualified staff. All children will need a full swimming kit and towel each week as well as a raincoat and a swimming cap if they choose. I always ask children to bring a small piece of fruit or healthy snack to eat on the way back too. P.E will take place each Wednesday afternoon and we start our year by teaching the skills and rules of Basketball. Children will need a full and named P.E kit in school from the start of term please.

In Year 4, children learn their 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables and recap the others one too. I like to teach these using songs, dances, Times Tables Rockstars and to have competitions and awards too. All children will get a username and password to access Times Tables Rockstars as we have found that these games, along with regular recall and help at home, really supports children’s knowledge of their multiplication and division skills.

In maths, during the first half term (Autumn 1) we will cover place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and I will also ask children to begin to learn to tell the time at home too, as the more we practise this, the better.

In English we will look at adjectives, prepositions, adverbs (including fronted adverbial sentences) and learn how to use speech marks with the correct punctuation too. Our whole class reading lessons build children’s comprehension and vocabulary whilst they are taught specific techniques to answer questions about a new text each week. Due to COVID-19, this half term we will be working through a tailored and specific ‘Recovery Curriculum’ which we will deliver through the afternoon sessions instead of Geography, History, Art and Design Technology. The recovery curriculum will target the gaps in children’s knowledge and learning and cover key maths, reading and writing skills that are essential for the children to be taught before they can make progress. This time also allows for some flexibility and potentially more mental health and wellbeing lessons during Autumn 1 in order to make returning to school a positive and happy experience after such a long break.

Homework will be sent out each Monday and will include spelling and times tables. Children are to practise at home and then they will be tested on the previous spellings and times tables each Monday morning. I ask that families help as much as they can at home – being helped at home and school by adults and older siblings is a great way for children to achieve in school. I expect all children to read for at least 5 minutes, 5 times a week to an adult or older sibling and for this to be recorded in their diary please.

Reading for pleasure is one of my favourite things to do in class and so I have chosen J.K.Rowling as our class author. During the first half term, we will read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and get wrapped up in the wonderful world of magic and wizardry!

I make sure that Class Dojo is updated regularly so that families can see what learning is taking place at school and how they can help too.

Thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to speak to me.

Thank you, Mrs K Grioli


Timestable rockstars


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