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Welcome to Class 4

 

Welcome back from the summer break. We have enjoyed hearing all about your fantastic holidays and adventures and hope you had a relaxing six weeks. Both Miss Woodward and Mrs Stewart are looking forward to what this year is going to bring and have some exciting learning opportunities lined up for the children. For the Autumn term, Class 4 will be basing their work for most of the subjects around the topic of the Circus! Just a reminder that open classrooms are every Wednesday from 3.15pm where you will be able to find both Miss Woodward and Mrs Stewart.

Welcome to Fantastic Class 4

 

Year 3 Class 4 Daresbury Primary School Curriculum Map 2018

Year 4 Class 4 Daresbury Primary School Curriculum Map 2018

Year 5 Class 4 Daresbury Primary School Curriculum Map 2018

PE

Class 4 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term indoor PE will take place on a Friday afternoon and outdoor PE will take place on a Wednesday morning 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, a phone call will be made to home and then if the kit continues to be forgotten,  a letter will be sent home.

 
 

Reading Vipers

Class 4 will be using our 'Reading Vipers' during a weekly book study lesson and guided reading will be done separately to this.  The Reading Vipers have had a massive impact on developing language, comprehension and inference skills. On 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.

Reading Vipers

 

Maths

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.

Superhero practise book

Times Table Challenge 2x 5x 10x Division - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge 2x 5x 10x Multiplication - Working at Home

Times table Challenge 3x 4x 6x Division - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge 3x 4x 6x Multiplication - Working at Home

Times table Challenge 7x 8x 9x Division - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge 7x 8x 9x Multiplication - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge 8x 11x 12x Division - Working at Home

Times table Challenge 8x 11x 12x Multiplication - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge Mixed Division - Working at Home

Times Table Challenge Mixed Multiplication - Working at Home

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Homework-weekly

Year 3, 4 and 5 children will receive one piece of homework every Friday. It will alternate weekly between a Maths based activity or a punctuation and grammar activity. Please allow your child the opportunity to complete their homework independently and take responsibility for their work. 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 we will support and complete it with them.

 

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In addition your child will receive a cross-curricular choice board each half term. After receiving feedback from last year, we have decided to make the grid optional. The homework grid will be made up of eight activities and will link to what the children are learning in class. Anyone that chooses to complete any of the homework grid will receive two merits for every piece.

Autumn homework grid

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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 three 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.

 

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After the success of the Spell Bee scheme last year Class 4 will be continuing to use the scheme this year. 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 you will find in their reading diary, that practises the rule. The words on the bookmark will be directly from their words on the spelling bee card. Your child will be tested on the rule the following week but please remember 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 for 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 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 Yr3 Autumn Term

Spelling Bee Record Card Yr4 Autumn Term

Spelling Bee Record Card Yr5 Autumn Term

Writing

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.

Useful websites

 

www.spag.com

www.mathszone.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/ (maths, English and topic)

www.mad4maths.com

 

Seesaw

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, Miss Woodward or Mrs Stewart 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 either of us.

 

Merits

This year Class 4 will no longer be using Class Dojo and instead will be rewarded using a merit system. Every child will be given an individual merit card and will be given a 'golden star' to add to it every time they earn a merit. Children will have the opportunity to complete a bronze, silver, gold and platinum award over the year when they fill a merit card and this will be displayed visibly in the classroom.

 

Children can earn merits for good behaviour, manners, completing their work and anything else which we feel they deserve to be recognised for.


 

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Please find a range of websites available to help your child further at home.

www.spellingframe.co.uk interactive spelling rule practise

www.mathsframe.co.uk interactive games to practise key skills

www.topmarks.co.uk variety of maths and grammar based resources and games

www.mathsrockx.com times tables app

www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels

Kahoot (interactive quiz which can be used online or on iPads)

Thank you all for your continued support this year!