Welcome to Fantastic Class
Class 4 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term indoor PE will take place on a Wednesday through Yoga and outdoor PE will take place on a Friday with Craig. Children may take their PE kits home with them on a Friday but they need to be returned with them on a Monday ready for the week ahead.
If your child does not have their PE kit in school they will have to use a spare kit from the PE kit box. They will not be allowed to borrow another child's kit.
If your child does not have a kit in school a note will be put in their reading diary, if they continue to forget their kit a text message will be sent home. After this it is a phone call home and then if this continues a letter will be sent home.
How to help your child Spring 2
Children in Class 4 have been using our 'Reading Vipers' during their weekly book study lessons and guided reading. The reading vipers have had a massive impact on developing language, comprehension and inference skills. Attached to the website are key questions that can be asked to the children whilst they are reading at home. This will give you the chance to see the type of questions that they are asked during lessons and assessment periods.
1 piece of homework will be given out each Friday. This will be Maths or SPAG curriculum based.
If your child fails to bring their weekly homework in by the following Wednesday then they will lose their golden time. During whole school golden time your child will be asked to complete their homework whilst being supervised by a member of the senior leadership team.
Please allow your child the opportunity to complete their homework independently and take responsibility for their work (remember your child will face the consequences not you).
If they are unsure or struggling give them help but please don't do the homework for them. If you're at a complete loss send your child in on the following Monday with their homework where I will support and complete it with them. I recommend 20-30 minutes to complete homework to give your child a healthy work/life balance.
In addition your child will receive a cross curricular choice board each half term. They will be expected to complete 5 pieces of homework (you may complete more) by the last Monday of the half term.
Please don't feel that you have to evidence everything as they may be asked to go for a bike ride or to go on an autumn walk with the family, a signature, tweet, and/or photo will do.
If we do not receive your child's homework grid on the Monday a message will be put in their reading diary, if the homework does not come in the following day a text message will be sent home. If the homework is still not in on the Wednesday a letter will be sent home.
Summer 1 homework grid.pdf
Reading records should be in school every day. They are used to send messages home and if you want to send any messages to school. You are expected to comment on how your child has read at least 3 times a week (remember it doesn't just have to be about a school book) this allows the child a chance to discuss the book; its themes, features and language, all of which are important for your child's comprehension and literacy skills.
Children are listened to at least once a week in school and this will be signed off by an adult in their reading records. If your child forgets their reading record once they will be reminded to bring this to school the next day, if this continues a text message will be sent and then this will be followed by a phone call and then a letter home.
We have introduced a new spelling scheme at Daresbury called Spell Bee. Your child will be taught with their year group every Monday morning. You child will learn a rule and will be expected to use the rules that they have learnt in all of their written work.
Every Monday your child will be given a spelling bookmark that practises the rule. The words on the bookmark will be a combination of words from the spelling bee card and additional words to support the rule. Your child will be tested on the rule the following week however it must be reminded that we will be testing your child's knowledge of the rule not a list of words. Additional words may be added by the teacher to assess your child's understanding.
In addition your child can practise the rule (not the word) using the Spelling Frame website as often as they can to embed the rules fort their year group
Attached to the website page is a list of spelling for your child's year group that they will learn across the spring term. Again please be aware this is not a comprehensive list your child will be learning a spelling rule not a list of words.
Spelling Bee Record Card YR4 Summer Term.pdf
Spelling Bee Record Card YR5 Summer Term.pdf
Throughout the school this year, we are having a big push on writing and the different features which a piece of work should include. Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) is going to be at the forefront of English sessions to ensure that the children are applying different features to their writing in order to improve. Their English will still revolve around a story, however more focus this year will be placed on the SPAG associated with the writing they will be asked to produce.
Maths in Class 4 is taught per year group to cover the objectives within the National Curriculum. As your child enters years 4 and 5 there will be an increase in their requirement to use their mental skill in particular when working with their times tables. At the end of year 4 to be at the expected level your child needs to know their times table up to 12 x 12 and have a clear understanding of the division related facts. The superhero times tables challenge will remain however we are going to start a new scheme towards the end of the year called Times Tables Rock Stars that gives your child a more practical and musical approach to learning and being able to recall their times tables fluently. Your child should be practising their times tables daily whether that be quick fire questions, interactive apps or games like 'Hit the Button' or the traditional method of writing and chanting. In addition to being secure with their times tables year 4 and year 5 children will have a heavy focus from the autumn 2 half term on fractions, decimals and percentages (year 5 only), angles, multiplication and division alongside building their skills with place value, addition, subtraction, measurement, statistics and geometry.
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/ (maths, English and topic)
Seesaw is an interactive platform where your child will be able to share their work. It will be used in all subjects from problem solving in Maths to Yoga in PE. We invite you to set up your very own parents' account where you can receive notifications when your child or Miss Andrew has uploaded a piece of work. You will be able to like and comment on your child's work which will add to the great sense of achievement that the children feel when using the app. Any questions about Seesaw and how it works please feel free to pop in and see Miss Andrew.
Class 4 have seen the return of Dojos this year and they LOVE earning Dojo points for working hard, following rules and being kind. The children need to aim to gain as many Dojos as possible in order to win celebrate their success by finishing top of the class and runner up each week. Your child will receive a certificate in our celebration assembly on a Monday.
How you can help
Parental support is vital therefore we have attached a 'How to help your child' sheet for the first half term; this includes the topics and areas of learning your child will be covering during this half term. There are some useful links which may support your child's learning and research skills. Anytime you can give during the school day to support class 4 with reading, timetables e.t.c would be gratefully received.
Thank you for taking the time and looking at our class page; we endeavour to keep you updated during the year with all the exciting things class four are up to.
Click here to read more on how you can help your child.
As always please do not hesitate to come and see us before, after school or on a Wednesday to discuss anything regarding your child or school.
Thank you all for your continued support this year!