Monday 10th September 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Welcome back and happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break. I am thoroughly looking forward to this term and there is a lot of exciting things to look forward to. The purpose of this letter is to let you know what the children will be learning between now and Easter and to give you some updated information about Year 4.
The teaching arrangements this term are as follows. Monday – Friday I will be teaching the class. On Monday afternoon I will be having my PPA time and Mrs Keeling will be taking the children.
For English we will be starting with narrative and then finishing the term with chronological reports. After half term we will move onto poetry and then persuasive texts. In Mathematics we will be looking at the place fractions including how to find fractions of amounts and equivalent decimal/ fractions.
Our topic this term is ‘Ancient Greece’. We will look at the history and geography of this mysterious civilisation and we will be having a Greek Toga Day at the start of term as an introduction. In Science we will be exploring sound. In Design and Technology we will be looking at product design. Please do not hesitate to bring in anything that you think may be of some value to share with the children.
Just a quick reminder about our rules and routines in year 4:
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. Please note that swimming will continue throughout the year.
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 Friday Mr Smith will check reading diaries to see whether or not the children have completed their 4 reads.
Homework: I have given the children a new homework grid for this term. 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 Friday. They will then be rewarded for excellent homework and given their books back later that day 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. We will be running catch up homework sessions during lunchtime for those who cannot complete their homework at home. Please note that the children will also receive Mymaths homework every Friday.
Spelling: Spellings are a little complicated. Most weeks children will get a fresh set of spellings based on their ability. These spellings comprise of a spelling rule they will be learning this week as well as some spellings from their personal Year3/4 spellings list. Children will get in the range of 5-15 spellings per week.
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 this term. We have a lot to look forward to and I hope they approach their work with a resilient and determined attitude. As usual, if you have any concerns or worries then please do not hesitate to come into school to have a chat with me directly.
Mr J Hall