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Autumn Term 2019 Newsletter
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,
Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a lovely holiday. Below you will find a curriculum overview for the term ahead, as well as information about our class.
Music will be taught by Miss Hudson
French will be taught by Madame Binns
On Wednesday the children will be taught by Mrs Barker
Teaching assistants: Mrs Lee, Miss Crane, Mrs Penny and Mrs Thompson
In Literacy, we will be completing lots of writing activities based on the class text ' Fizzlebert Stump'. I hope the children will enjoy reading this book and gain many ideas to use in their own writing.
On Wednesday, the class will have a grammar focus and complete activities with Mrs Barker.
On Friday, the class will be tested on their weekly spellings. Spellings are given out on Friday in their homework books and are based on the statutory spellings required for individual abilities. Each week, the spelling list follows a particular spelling pattern in order to help the children learn a bank of words with certain spelling rules.
Year 4 is also the year that children earn their ‘pen licence’ — that peak of handwriting neatness that allows your child to write in pen at school. This can be a big thing for your child. However, don’t worry if your child is not writing with a pen straight away. They will get there eventually.
I have my pen license! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Reading activities will take place daily- individual reading, small group reading and whole class reading activities.
Carry on reading together
For English, the single most important thing that you can do to help your child progress, is to hear your child read. Good readers make good writers because they are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and style. When you listen to your child read, there are a number of things to remember:
Of course, children in Year 4 are perfectly capable of reading to themselves as well, and independent reading (and writing) must also be encouraged. However, it is important that those comprehension skills are regularly checked and reading aloud is perfect for that. We therefore ask that you continue to support your child’s progress in reading at home by making time to read with them and to talk about the books they read on a daily basis. Please sign and date your child’s reading log book to confirm they have read with you each day. We will check the log books and the children will be rewarded with house points for reading at home.
Maths In maths we will be covering :
Again, we ask that you encourage and support your child’s mathematical progress by helping them to master the times tables to 12 x 12 and learning to tell the time on digital and analogue clocks. In maths there is an expectation that by the end of Year 4 all times tables are known and learnt fluently. Anything you can do to help that knowledge go in and stay in is fantastic:
Topic 1 - The digestive system
Topic 2 - Sound
Personal and Social Education - New beginnings
Geography - Maps
History - Ancient Greece
Art - Work of established artist (Steven Brown )
P.E. This half term, PE will take place on Thursday and Friday. Outdoor and indoor PE kits are required. Tennis will hopefully take place on the tennis courts, but if we experience bad weather, the hall is available for this session. Trainers are important outside and black PE pumps for inside. - Thank you.
Indoor P.E. - Tennis
Outdoor Games - Football
Swimming- A 4 week daily swimming program begins Monday 11th November (details will be sent home before this begins)
Please encourage your child to establish good routines for completion of homework activities by getting involved and supporting and praising their efforts. If your child is unsure about what they have to do, please tell them to ask us for help at school and reassure them that it is perfectly fine to do so.
If you have any questions about the curriculum or your child’s learning, please come and speak to us. We are looking forward to working with the children and making this an enjoyable and successful year for everyone.
Thank you for your support,
Mrs Oxley and Mrs Barker
Upcoming events for the 1st half of the Autumn Term:-
Friday 20th September - World Peace Day.
Friday 27th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning; school councillors to be elected.
Monday 30th September - Individual & family photographs in school.
October - Black History Month.
Thursday 17th October - Harvest Festival, 9.15am. - parents welcome! School closes for the half-term holiday.