Hello and welcome to Fir Class.
Welcome back after what I hope has been a fun and relaxed summer, where you have been able to spend time with family and make precious and cherished memories. This is going to be a year of exciting learning and a chance to make new friends or build upon existing friendships. In Fir, we are a class family and look after each other. I am really looking forward to geting to know you all and having the privilege of teaching you over the next year.
'This is me, who are you?'
Our topic this half term is based around our local community. We will be learning more about ourselves in PSHE, finding out about Newark in Geography and using our art skills to create a collaborative piece with the rest of the school! We will begin with a 'communitea' event and extend this with an invitiation to parents to join us to support our Year 3/4 MacMillan Coffee Morning on 27th September. Watch this space for more details....
English will continue to be enhanced by our daily Active English lessons to secure the understanding of grammar in a unique, fun and extremely active way!
During Maths we will continue to develop the skill of fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Not only will the children deepen their understanding of applying practical skills, but they will also have the capability to explain why.
Percy Parker is going to be singing this with us to help us, and remember that there is TT Rockstars too!
By the end of year 4, it is an expectation nationally that all children are able to recite multiplication and division facts up to the 12 x tables.
Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon for all Year 4 children, this is part of the National Curriculum, therefore all children are expected to take part in learning this valuable life skill. There will be an information pack sent home with the children where all questions should hopefully be answered, however if there are any further queries, please do not hesitate to ask. There are also important forms that must be filled in and sent back to school as soon as possible please. If your child wears earrings, then they are responsible for the removal of these. If any parents/carers/grown-up's are able to volunteer their time to support us with swimming and observe, it would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you can. Thank you.
The children willl continue to learn French as their Modern Foreign Language, with an emphasis on clear and accurate translation and pronunciation by applying French phonics.
Homework will be set on a Friday and should be returned on the following Friday, so we can share our amazing talents with each other. The children are trying hard to achieve their 30 points to gain a well deserved award for their home learning.
Weekly spellings will be set after the children have been taught the spelling pattern and ways in which to apply them. It is important that the children are able to apply them in the context of a sentence and not just remember them as a list. As always, your continued support in applying this is very much appreciated. These will be issued on a Monday and tested on Friday, remember if the children achieve between 8/10 spellings each week, then they will automatically earn homework points.
Children should read daily to a grown up, at home, for at least 10 minutes a day, please may I ask you to regularly sign their reading diary as evidence of this (reading 5 times a week will automatically earn the children homework points). As a class we are all striving to reach our 75 plus reads, so not only will the children be rewarded for their efforts, but the more reading material they are exposed to, will show an improvement in their use of language in developing their writing. Please remember your child should not only be reading the words on the page, they must be able to understand what they have read. Please encourage them to talk freely about their book and ask them lots of questions.
Don't forget to log onto Marvellous Me and find out all the amazing things your child is doing in school.
Dates for the Diary:
Tuesday 2nd September: Return to School
Wednesday 11th September: NSPCC Assembly.
Friday 13th September: Our Communitea Event (details to follow)
Friday 27th September: Year 3/4 MacMillan Coffee Morning (details to follow)
Which will be the class of the week with the highest attendance?
We need to reach above 96%.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to come in and talk to me.
As always in Fir class, this half term is going to be Totally Awesome !