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Welcome back after the summer holidays. We hope you have had a fantastic time and are looking forward to Year 4.
Your teachers are Mr. Babbs, Mrs. Sprowell (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs. Pointon (Thursday and Friday).
Our teaching assistants are Mr. Reid, Mrs. Singh and Mrs. Surgeon.
Homework due in, and the next week’s work handed out.
4V – PE with Miss Smith (outdoor and indoor kit – indoor kit can be left in school each half term)
4S – Swimming – please bring costume and towel in bag.
4S – PE with Miss Smith (outdoor and indoor kit – indoor kit can be left in school each half term)
Spelling test, and new spellings handed out.
4V – PE with Mrs Pointon (outdoor and indoor kit – indoor kit can be left in school each half term)
Your child has a password to use TTrockstars.
At the parents’ information evening, we referred to Nurturing Self-Confidence – a guide for parents with some ideas about how we can bolster the self confidence of our children.
One of the best things we can do for our children is to instil a strong sense of self-confidence. This doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the loudest child in the room – quiet, more introverted people can still be confident, and louder people are often masking insecurity. But self-confidence is key to maintaining good mental health in later life, so the more we can do when our children are young, the better. Click on document below to view.
Please click on link below to see what the children will be learning in Year 4 this Autumn Term.
Purple Mash is an award-winning website for primary school children. It enables the children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way. The children have been provided with an individual login to support topics that have been covered in class. Click on link below to access the site:-
Each week the children get the opportunity to choose a book to take home. They are expected to read at home at least three times a week and we ask you to record this in their reading record. The book can be changed after a week or kept for longer. Even if your child is a confident reader you can help them by asking questions about the book to check their understanding.
Check that they understand the meaning of words. Also ask them why certain punctuation is being used. Children can be asked to summarise the story or to discuss the characters in the book and why they like them or dislike them. It is useful for children to be able to talk about the types of books they like: science fiction historical, adventure, etc.
Some children will read everyday at school but most will be heard by the teacher once a week and also a TA once a week in guided reading.
Dojos are rewarded to children who read three times or five times a week.
This is when a group of children of similar reading ability, read a book together. The teacher will ask questions to check their understanding, to check inference and also have a structured discussion about characters and the plot.
During daily 30 minute guided reading time the children who are not reading with the teacher will be involved in a variety of other reading activities. They may be reading non-fiction books magazines or topic based books.
Our aim with all the reading activities is to ensure their reading skills develop but also to promote and foster reading for enjoyment.
Improving your child’s reading skills is one of the best ways of helping your child succeed at school.
Your child will be put in groups with changing days.
A four week homework assignment will be sent out every half term. They will be handed in every Monday.
Spelling will be sent home every Thursday for a test the following Thursday Please help your child learn their spellings each week.
In school your child will also be learning additional spellings as part of the revised National Curriculum.
Please learn these alongside weekly spellings. There will be a test on a half termly basis.
Ways to help your child:
Here are a list of some websites you may find useful for your children:-
Woodlands Maths: http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/
BBC KS2 Maths: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/
Crickweb Numeracy: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy.html
Woodlands Literacy: http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/literacy/
BBC KS2 Literacy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/
Crickweb Literacy: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html
Please read the Curriculum Newsletter to find out all about your child’s targets for this term and all of the topics the class is covering in all the different curriculum areas.
There is a new resource for parents and carers about internet safety. “Video guides for the free ISP parental controls”. These guidelines have been produced by Safer internet who have been working with BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have each made short video clips outlining where you can find their free parental controls, what they do and how you set them up.
These films are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website and you can embed the films if you want to use them or download them. See http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls . Do please make use of them and let people know about them. The ISPs have committed to keeping these films updated, and if you embed the films on your site, we are able to update them for you if they change