Happy New Year and thank you for all the lovely Christmas presents and cards. This letter is to remind you about life in Year 4, as well as to suggest how you can continue to support your child in school.
This term’s topic is RAGING RIVERS! We will be learning about rivers in the United Kingdom and other major rivers throughout the world. The children will learn key geographical vocabulary and processes, as well as understanding how humans use rivers in their everyday lives.
Homework- Spellings, Times Tables and Reading
Reading will continue as per last term, with 6 reads per week (3 with an adult, 3 from your child). We would like to thank you for your continued support in encouraging your child to read at home. It has been great to see that their comments are becoming more detailed and they are starting to justify their opinion regarding the text they have read. We’d like to continue to encourage this, as well as promoting reading books from a range of different genres. This will continue to help broaden the children’s reading experiences.
Please ensure that the ‘Big Books’ are being returned back to school. We have a limited number of each book per class. If your child is not enjoying the book, we are happy for them to exchange it for an alternative.
The Learn Its (42 addition and times tables questions) scores have really improved during the Autumn Term and we are aiming for a similar improvement this term! Please assist your child in learning these each week so they are known at speed. We would also like to remind you of the National Curriculum expectations of your child knowing all of the times tables (up to 12 x 12) by the end of Year 4 - rehearsing the ones they are not as confident with will be really beneficial to them.
We will also continue with our ‘Written Arithmetic’ every Friday. The sheets will be sent home regularly so that you can see your child’s progress.
There are also optional pieces of homework, which the children can find on Education City – log in details can be found on the back of your child’s Reading Record.
Just a reminder that the children should have their headphones in every day to be able to access our computer learning programmes successfully.
Also, a reminder about labelled clothing (including plimsolls) and suitable outdoor PE kit for the winter months as well as suitable kit for indoor PE.
Our spelling test will take place on a Friday and reading records are also due on a Friday.
Kennet – Thursday and Swimming every Friday until 24th January 2020.
Wandle – Thursday and Swimming every Friday until 24th January 2020.
We are looking forward to our visit to Sayers Croft in the first week back after the Easter holidays. This will take place from Wednesday 22nd April to Friday 24th April. Later in the term, we will notify you about a parents’ meeting. This will give you the information you need about your child’s first offsite residential trip – we are all very excited!
Important Dates for Your Diary
Wednesday 15th January – O2 Choir Parent Meeting 2:30pm
Wednesday 22nd January – O2 Choir Concert
Friday 24th January – Last swimming session.
Tuesday 11th February – Kennet & Wandle trip to Tate Britain (letter to follow)
Friday 14th February – INSET
Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February – Half Term
Wednesday 3rd March –Thames Explorer Trip (Kennet and Wandle Class)
Monday 23rd March – Class Photos
Wednesday 25th March – Year 4 Easter Experience Trip – A.M. only (more information will follow later in the term)
Tuesday 31st March – Parent Consultations
Wednesday 1st April – Parent Consultations
Friday 3rd April – End of term – 12:00 Finish
Monday 20th April – Back to School
Wednesday 22nd April – Friday 24th - Sayers Croft Residential
Thursday 30th May – Kennet Class Assembly 9am
Wednesday 6th May – Wandle Class Assembly 9am
Friday 8th May – Bank Holiday (School Closed)
W.C 1st June – International Week
Wednesday 3rd June – Race for Life
Friday 5th June – Airport Day
Friday 17th July – Last day of term. 12:00 finish.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing another productive term with you all!
Miss Aves, Mrs Rolls, Mrs Darlington & Mrs Tilley