This year, the Year 4 class teacher is Mr Trayling and Miss Pickford will be working with your children as their Teaching Assistant. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any concerns about your child. The class will also be taught by Mrs Golledge for RE and Mr Pearse for Indoor PE on Thursday. Spelling Groups will be taught across the Key Stage, while Science will be taught in year groups. Even though our PE days are on Thursday and Friday, the children do need their kit in school every day in case of unexpected activities being scheduled at the last minute.
Lunchtimes start at 12:15, with Cafe Crunch offering fantastic, balanced meal choices. Lunch orders must be organised a week in advance and children will not generally be able to order on a daily basis in the classroom as they have done in the past.
Children will be dismissed from their classroom at the end of the day and will need to collect their lunch boxes from the dining room before joining parents in the playground.
In English this term, we will be covering units on Instructions, a narrative study of the ‘The Midnight Fox’ by Betsy Byars and recounts. English homework will be given on Thursday to be completed and returned by the following Tuesday. This will usually consist of a written activity or a reading comprehension. Spelling will be given on a Wednesday to be tested the following Wednesday. We will be continuing with Talk Homework and this will be given out on a Monday, so that children have had time to discuss it before their writing lesson on a Friday. This homework is very important and those children who consistently practice with their parents, have benefitted greatly in their writing progress.
Big Writing is a whole school writing programme which has been very successful and all classes will continue to participate in these lessons every Friday. The children work on basic skills for the first part of the session followed by the extended writing session in the final part of the lesson. The Talk homework which the children will bring home on Mondays will be crucial to the success of the Friday session, as this dialogue between parent and child will help to prepare them for whatever topic is presented in these sessions. We look forward to continued parental support with this programme and thank all those of you who have consistently discussed topics with children. It is certainly evident that parental input has benefitted the children’s writing progress greatly.
It is vitally important for all children to continue to read on a regular basis at home. Discussing the content of the books is very important and taking a short time to talk about their books will help in many ways to improve comprehension and enjoyment of the texts. They will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school but your child should still be reading at home. All children will have a reading record book and we would ask that you monitor this record. If your child is not bringing home a book each night, please remind them that this forms part of their homework commitment and let us know so that we can address the problem as soon as possible.
In Maths, we will continue to review all four operations as well as working on shape, space, measures and decimals. We will be having weekly homework, which will go out on a Wednesday for the following Monday. Mental Maths and times tables practise will be given out on Monday and needs to be rehearsed at home daily. There will be a mental maths test every Friday.
During our combined studies sessions (history, geography, art, DT, ICT and music) we will be studying 'The Vikings’.
We look forward to a great Term. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Trayling if there are any problems or queries about any aspect of your child’s school experience.