Wishing you a very warm welcome back to a new school term We hope you have had a wonderful break and are now ready to start a new term. We have lots of very exciting things happening this term and we very much look forward to working with your children. Our topic in Term 4 will be named 'Journeys.' We will go on a weird and wonderful, 'Journey,' each week. We will take the journey of our digestive system, a kite, a honey bee, a potato and light.
Literacy: We will be focusing on general writing skills, spelling and punctuation. We will also be using our topic to help inspire the children to write about different aspects of the Journey they are exploring. We will write non-chronological reports, explanations and a biography this term. The expectation regarding reading this term is that your child reads at least 4 times a week and this is recorded in their home/school diaries. Again we thank you for your support in this.
Phonics: We will be providing the children with a range of activities to improve their phonics understanding and skills. They will have daily phonics sessions and the spellings they have sent home will be linked to phonics sessions. The children practice these daily within the class when they first arrive and are tested on a Friday, we would really appreciated your support in practicing these at home. This makes a great difference to the childrens ability to read and write and builds confidence.
Numeracy: We will be focusing on the children's understanding of number and its value this term, this will include the value of numbers up to 100 and beyond 100 for some children, how to count in the correct order, one more, one less, counting in 2, 5, 10's. We will also be challenging the children to use their knowledge to reason and explain their understanding, providing them with a range of different challenges.
Topic: Journeys - We will be learning about different Journeys this term. We will focus on our digestive system, how our food turns to poo and using this knowledge to make a digestive system model. In addition to this we will be working alongside France class to plan and make kites, learning about what makes them fly and the history behind them. We are also planning to invite a beekeeper into school for our journey of a bee, looking at the importance of pollination and taking care of wildlife and minibeasts. Our literacy sessions will very much be linked with their learning in these topics and we hope the children find them exciting and engaging.
Monday 25th February: Term starts
Swimming starts Tuesday 26th February.
Year 4 SRE parents event Wednesday 27th February 3.30pm
Friday 1st March: Forever Friends Appeal
Thursday 7th March: World Book Day
WC Monday 11th March: Science week
Thursday 14th March: Bedtime story night
Friday 15th March: Red Nose Day
Thursday 4th April: End of Term 4
Friday 5th April: Teacher Training Day
Please ensure that your child is in school on time. The beginning of the day is an important settling in time. We are now having breakfast between 8.45 and 9.10. This will be a healthy cereal low in sugar and a choice of water or milk. We hope this will be a time for the children to embed those all important social skills.
Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school every day (white t-shirt, black shorts and daps/trainers). PE kits will be sent home at the end of term for washing. PE will be with a specialist sports coach and supported by Germanys staff every Thursday
If you listen to your child read PLEASE make sure you record this in their home/school reading record. We can then keep track of reading for the school's reading reward scheme. Just 5-10 minutes a day with a book of your childs choice will really help your childs reading development.
We would really appreciate your support in helping your child to learn any spellings they are given as we will test the children on a Friday. In addition to this your child will be given homework weekly that will relate to what they have been learning in class, we do appreciate that sometimes we feel we should help our children complete their homework, please don't help them. If they are struggling please come and see me and we can support them. We need to know when they are finding something difficult. Their homework will be sent home on a Friday and will be due in on the following Wednesday.
Thank you for your continued support!