Hello and welcome to Fir Class.
Happy New Year!
Welcome back to the start of a new and exciting year of learning in Year 4. I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and mangaged to take some time out to enjoy some precious time with family and friends.
Were they Authors?
Our exciting history based Topic will be looking at how writing has evolved over the years, looking inparticular at the Shang Dynasty and being able to identify differences over different periods of time.
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. This half term we will focus on place value, measurement, addition and subtraction, fractions and position and direction.
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, the children are expected able to know multiplication and division facts up to the 12 x tables.
Swimming will continue on a Tuesday afternoon until Easter.
It is important that children bring the correct swimwear, including a towel. Girls must wear an all in one swimming costume (tankinis and bikinis are not suitable) and boys must wear either fitted swimming trunks or shorts (boarding, loose fitted shorts are not permitted). In addition,due to safety reasons, if the children have their ears pierced they need to be responsible for being able to independently remove them please, and children with long hair must have it tied back (this includes long fringes to be clipped back out of eyes).
If you would like your child to wear swimming goggles, then a signed permission slip is required. These can be collected from school reception.
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. As part of their homework the children have been asked to create an identity box, which tells us all about them. This will be shared in class and also with our LEAD partner school, more information to follow....
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.
Dates for the Diary:
Monday 7th January 2019- Inset day.
Tuesday 8th January- Children return to school and celebtation assembly at 2.30pm.
Wednesday 9th January- Topic and English cross-curricular launch.
Monday 14th January- Year 4 LEAD event day (please ensure that all signed permission slips have been returned to school).
Friday 25th January- Sci Fri.
Friday 8th January- Science Report Write.
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 !