I hope you all had a lovely half term, with a mix of fun-filled, action-packed adventures and some time to relax and rest up for the most exciting part of the school year... Yes, it is officially Christmas half term! We have got LOTS of exciting lessons planned and I cannot wait to hear the children singing their hearts out at the Carol Service!
As always, feel free to contact me after school or via email.
Below are a few really useful links for your children to explore at home, for example if they are ever looking to do a little more work on a topic that they might be finding tricky. Equally they can use the websites to challenge themselves and push their learning on.
Welcome back to school after such a lovely, long summer break and welcome to Year 4! Both myself and the children are settling in well to our new classroom and we are looking forward to the year ahead.
The Indus Valley Civilisation will be the focus of our learning in History and some of our Literacy lessons; the children are very excited to discover more about this time period. Our Geography topic is Europe, during which we will explore human and physical landmarks as well as traditions of European countries. If the children have any souvenirs, photographs or postcards from European countries that you are happy for them to share, it would be brilliant to see them in class.
We are very fortunate that Mrs Smith will continue to teach Year 4 Music this year. Once a week Miss Fletcher will teach Citizenship to Year 4, whilst I teach Modern Foreign Languages to Year 3. Another exciting difference for Year 4 this year is that Miss Harrison will be covering one of their P.E. lessons during my PPA time.
P.E. will be on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure that P.E. kits are in school on these days. We will continue to utilise the outdoor space into the winter months, so please provide warm enough clothing for your child to be comfortable outside.
All children are expected to have a water bottle in the classroom, which can be re-filled as required from a water cooler in the shared area.
Children are invited to select reading books from the classroom library but they are equally welcome to choose a book from home, if this helps to ensure that they are reading something of personal interest. We do not frequently hear children read aloud, so house points are awarded for children who read frequently at home, either on their own or with an adult.
New spelling words are given to the children weekly and they are tested each Friday morning. Mental maths tests, covering the complete range of mathematical areas, also occur every Friday. Children may wish to do some focused revision on a particular times table or topic at home.
Look out for weekly homework on the class page or school newsletter beginning next week.
Golden Time is on Friday afternoons, as usual, for those who have earned it. Staff will provide a variety of activities and entertainment – children do NOT need to bring in toys from home.
If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to come in and have a chat at the end of the day or email me - firstname.lastname@example.org –
Your support and encouragement is very much appreciated.