Wednesday 7th September 2016
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Welcome back to another school year – I hope everyone enjoyed their summer break. I am thoroughly looking forward to working with your children and getting to know them. The purpose of this letter is to let you know what the children will be learning between now and Christmas and to give you some general information about Year 4 and our class procedures.
The teaching arrangements this term are as follows. Monday – Friday I will be teaching the class. On Monday afternoons I will have my PPA time (planning, preparation and assessment) so Mrs Keeling will register the children and teach them in the afternoon. The rest of the week will be as normal apart from Wednesday, which I will explain in further detail later in this letter.
For English we will be starting with instructions, narratives and then poetry. After half term we will move onto fantasy narratives, newspapers and then persuasive texts. In Mathematics we will be looking at the place value of numbers, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and then eventually moving onto multiplication.
Our topic this term is ‘Ancient Egypt’. We will look at the history and geography of this mysterious civilisation and we will be taking a trip to Manchester Museum to explore this subject in further detail (please await further information about this). In Science we will be exploring electricity. In Design and Technology we will be looking at product design
In addition to our studies in year 4 there are several routines that we follow and I would like to take time to explain these now:
Please remember, everyone needs to have an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Ensure all the kit is named, as unnamed t-shirts, black shorts and tracksuits are very difficult to identify. The same is true for school sweatshirts, polo shirts, trousers, dresses and coats!
For swimming children will need a waterproof bag, swimming costume or trunks (baggy shorts are not allowed) and a towel. Girls (and boys) must have a bobble or swimming cap for longer hair. Earrings must not be worn for either PE or swimming. Swimming will take place on a Wednesday afternoon shortly followed by Wider Opportunities. In this session, the children will be given the chance to partake in playing a musical instrument. There will be more information on this in the near future.
Reading: Every child has a new reading diary and a reading book. I have reminded the children that it is part of their homework to read at least four times a week. Please can parents sign the diary each week to verify that their child has read. This might be a time when the child has read to you or could be a sustained period of independent reading (not a 5 minute flick though!). If your child is not a natural reader please encourage them to set aside a quiet reading time (eg 20 minutes before lights out). Every week Mr Smith will check reading diaries to see whether or not the children have completed their 4 reads.
Homework: At the beginning of every term I will give the children a homework grid (similar to last years’ grid). This grid will contain several tasks that the children will have to complete. They must complete at least ONE TASK A WEEK. They can do these tasks in any order they wish, as long as they have something to hand in every Thursday. They will then be rewarded for excellent homework and given their books back the following day (Friday) to complete next weeks’ homework task. I am fully aware that some children may struggle to do their homework but the last thing I want is for them to worry. As long as a valid and best attempt has been made then I will be pleased.
Spelling: Spelling tests will be every Thursday. Children’s tests will comprise of 8 words. 5 from the statutory year 4 list and 3 from a spelling rule that we are learning in school.
Water Bottles: We encourage the children to drink water at appropriate times during the day, so it is helpful if they have a fresh bottle of water in school. Please make sure that bottles are clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages.
Outdoors: We will be continuing to provide an increasing number of learning opportunities outside. Please send your child with a waterproof coat every day so that we can work whatever the weather!
I always appreciate extra adult help in my classroom especially parents who are willing to hear children read. If you are able to help in any way, either on a regular or one-off basis, please let me know. Anyone helping in school does require CRB clearance. If you do not have this, please contact the office for a form to complete.
Finally, I would just like to say that I sincerely hope your child enjoys their time in year 4. It is my priority to make sure that your children make good progress and experience a fun and enjoyable time in my classroom. I am fully aware that this letter contains a lot of information and if, at any point, you have any worries or concerns, about this letter or otherwise, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the office or come to see me before or after school.
Mr J Hall