Class Teacher - Mrs L. Clark
- Mrs B. Reilly
- Mrs J. Savill
Our focus for the first half term will be a whole school ‘Space’ topic. We will be learning about Space and within our English and Topic work. In English we are starting with non-fiction and learning about famous people in space and write Biographies.
In Maths we will be looking at number and place value and formal methods for addition and subtraction building on previous methods.
In Science we are going to be learning about Animals including human nutrition and our topic focus is Geography, where we will be learning how to use an atlas to locate different countries around the world.
Children should be provided with water bottles which they will have access to throughout the day. However, I would like to request that only plain water is provided and a sports type lid as there is less potential for spillage.
Our PE sessions this term will take place on Friday morning each week. Our Friday PE session will be led by a qualified sports coach teaching invasion games. The children will be outdoors for the sessions (weather permitting) so please provide your child with both an indoor and outdoor kit as listed below:
- Outdoor kit containing joggers, a long-sleeved top or sweatshirt and trainers.
- Indoor kit containing blue shorts and a white t-shirt.
Plimsolls may be worn outside; however I would recommend trainers as they usually have a better grip on the soles. For health and safety reasons, long hair must be tied back. Again, for the purpose of maintaining safety, I would also like to remind you that earrings cannot be worn during PE lessons and children MUST be able to remove their earrings for PE.
Homework activities this year are on the new format and involve weekly spelling practice using a computer program ‘Spelling Frame’ which helps to practice and reinforce weekly spellings. Children will be tested the following week during spelling session with a short dictation exercise. Homework folders will be handed out at the beginning of each half term and the whole school activities are listed inside the folders with dates the homework is due to be handed in on. Login details for Times Tables Rockstars are also provided in your child’s Homework folder. By the end of Year 4 the children are expected to know all of their times tables multiplication and divisions facts so please practice weekly. If your child has any difficulties completing the work set, please drop me a note or call in to see me and I will be happy to give them some extra help.
In addition to the Homework tasks, I would encourage you to listen to your child reading regularly at home for 10 - 15 minutes each evening if possible, and by discussing their books with them. It cannot be emphasised enough how important this regular daily reading is in developing fluency and understanding of texts, as well as promoting an enjoyment of books and reading in general.
Some examples of questions you might ask when reading with your child or after they have read a section of their book independently include:
- who is your favourite character? Why?
- What do you think will happen next?
- What is happening in this picture?
- What does this word mean?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why?
- Can you show me where the author has used a comma/question mark/exclamation mark?
Reading books may be changed daily. In addition, reading records will be taken in weekly for the reading count.
Finally, could I please ask that all clothing - particularly jumpers and PE kits - are clearly named, as items do tend to go astray if they are not.
I am looking forward to working with the children this year and watching their confidence grow. If you have any questions concerning any of the above, or wish to speak to me regarding your child, please do not hesitate to make an appointment at the office.