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Welcome to Class 4

 

I would like to offer you a warm welcome to Class 4 where your child is taught to work hard, have fun and try their best in everything that they do.  Mrs Zuger, Miss Wright and Miss Shaw are here to support you and your child and please remember that you can come in and see us at any time before or after school, please make an appointment if you need a longer chat. Open classrooms are from 3:15-3:40pm on a Wednesday where you can come and see what we have been learning through the week and an opportunity for you to see your child's books. 

Behaviour and Rewards

The whole school is following three new rules: kind, ready and safe. All our previous rules will come under these three headings and we will have opportunities in school to discuss them further with the children. Displayed in class is a traffic light, all children will begin and hopefully end the day on green; however if a member of staff feels that your child has not chosen to be kind, ready or safe, they will be given time to think about their actions (amber) and if they persistently choose not to be kind, ready or safe, they will be spoken to privately by the teacher and it will be written in their reading record. Each child will always start the day on green, regardless of the previous day's actions. We will be rewarding children who remain on green throughout the week and notifying parents via the reading diary.

 

Birthdays and Treats in School

 

Children's birthdays are celebrated both in individual classes on the day and in Special Mentions Assemblies on a Friday, where each child who has had a birthday that week is brought out to the front, sung to by the whole school and staff and asked about their special day. School staff have noticed that birthdays in school seem to have taken on a life of their own for parents and some parents feel pressurised to send in sweets, cakes or treats for the whole class. As a healthy school, this is something we do not actively promote, this 'tradition' has started from parents. As staff we always send whatever the treat is home with your child at the end of the day and tell them it is their parents' decision as to whether they may eat this or not. School staff also have made some changes over recent years to how we reward children and wherever possible these will not be food related, eg at Christmas time instead of buying treats for the children we made a whole staff donation to charity instead.

A healthy diet is a balanced diet and no food should be totally excluded, including sugar, however I am very conscious that some parents may well restrict the amount of sugar their child accesses. School staff do not want to 'ban' this practice but we would ask parents to consider whether this is an essential part of their child's special day? Please do not feel obliged to send anything in for the class when it is your child's birthday and if possible ensure that if you do it is very small and where possible sugar free. Any cakes which are sent in must be pre-cut and ready to simply hand out. We do now have quite a few children with food allergies and intolerances too so please think carefully if you choose to send something in with your child on their birthday. Thank you.

P.E

Class 4 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term indoor PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and outdoor PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon with Craig. In addition to this Year 4 will go swimming on a Tuesday morning afternoon; we will let you know a date closer to the time. Children can 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.

Autumn Curriculum Year 3

Autumn Curriculm Map ​Year 4

Homework

The children will be expected to read every night and practise the times table they are currently practising;  Year 4 the children should know all their times table up to 12 times. Additionally, children will receive up to 10 spellings a week taken from the Spelling Bee termly card. Children will receive merits for their charts if this is noted in their diaries, which are checked daily. Children will receive one piece of English and one piece of Maths on alternate weeks, sent out on a Friday and handed back in, on a Wednesday. 


Reading

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. Your child will receive a raffle ticket weekly if this has been done, which is put into a raffle and pulled out termly to win a book token worth £5.

Your child will receive a record chart, which will be kept in their reading record. We have introduced them this year to ensure the children are reading a variety of books and being rewarded for doing so. If they read all six types of books, they will receive two merits and a marble.

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.

 

Reading Vipers

Class 4 will be using our 'Reading Vipers' during their guided reading whole class lessons.  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. 

KS2 reading vipers

PPA

Every Wednesday afternoon Mrs Zuger/Miss Wright will be out of class to have time for planning, preparation and assessment time. Coach Craig will teach P.E. for one session and Mrs Longstaff will teach music for the other session. Mrs Zuger will have management time for one session on Thursday afternoon and Craig will teach P.E.

Seesaw

Seesaw is an interactive learning journal where your child will be able to share their work. It will be used in all subjects from problem solving in Maths to Dance in PE. We invite you to set up your very own parents' account where you can receive notifications when your child or Mrs Zuger 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 ask Mrs Zuger.

P.E

Class 4 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term indoor PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and outdoor PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon with Craig. In addition to this Year 4 will go swimming on a Tuesday morning afternoon; we will let you know a date closer to the time. Children can 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.


​​PPA

Every Wednesday afternoon Mrs Zuger/Miss Wright will be out of class to have time for planning, preparation and assessment time. Coach Craig will teach P.E. for one session and Mrs Longstaff will teach music for the other session. Mrs Zuger will have management time for one session on Thursday afternoon and Craig will teach P.E.

Seesaw

Seesaw is an interactive learning journal where your child will be able to share their work. It will be used in all subjects from problem solving in Maths to Dance in PE. We invite you to set up your very own parents' account where you can receive notifications when your child or Mrs Zuger 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 ask Mrs Zuger.

 

Spelling

Class 4 will be continuing to use the scheme this year. Your child will be taught with their year group every Monday morning. Your 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 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.

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


Times table challenge

Every Monday, children will complete their times table challenge. Children will not be given this prior to the lesson however there is support to help your child that you may find useful on our webpage. (Please be aware this is done by Halton and can take a little time.)

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


Merit Charts

We have introduced merit charts for each child which will be displayed in the classroom. Children can earn merits through good behaviour, work and stand out moments. Once a child has received 25 merits they will receive 1 marble and bronze award, 50 merits they will receive 2 marbles and silver award, 75 merits 3 marbles and gold award, finally, completing the chart they will receive 5 marbles and the platinum award, during celebration assembly on a Monday. We hope every child will aim for 100 merits by the end of the year. Good luck children!

How to help your child

 

On our class webpage is a yearly curriculum map so that you can see what your child will be taught throughout the year in each subject.

Here are some websites that you may find useful to support your child's learning.

 

Maths –Year 3 and Year 4

 

http://www.ictgames.com

Fun and exciting maths and literacy games available.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml

A BBC website with all maths topics covered.

 

http://www.mad4maths.com/

Fun maths games for children and advice section for parents

 

http://www.mathszone.co.uk/

Lots and lots of games and tools to help your child with maths at home.

 

http://www.teachingtables.co.uk/

Fun games to support the learning of times tables.  Table Mountain is recommended and can be played in demo mode.

 

English        

Topmarks have some free grammar and spelling games.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/english

 

Topics

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/

 

Please always ask if you want anything to support your child at home