Kindness, Unity & Courage
"There is a supportive family feel to the school, and pastoral care is a key strength. Most parents are happy with the school and agree that their children are happy, safe and making good progress."
Ofsted March 2017
Welcome to Jamaica Class – the home of children in Year 4. This year we will be focusing on making sure children feel safe, happy and re-connected to our school community. There will be lots of interesting and exciting learning as we explore the curriculum and hopefully, we will have some opportunities to share our fabulous work with you. The children are now some of the eldest in the school, which means that this is not only a year where the children need to work hard, but also where they begin to take on more responsibilities around the school and become role models for the younger students.
All home support is hugely appreciated and has a positive impact on children’s learning. Please see the reminders below to help you and your child make this year as successful as possible.
Reading: Reading continues to be an extremely important skill for the children to master. We will be checking children’s reading records daily and will expect them to read every night during the school week and once over the weekend. As the class teacher, I will also be reading with them once a week.
Spellings: Children will be given spellings to learn on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. These 10 spellings will be linked to a spelling pattern we have been learning in class. On top of this, children are expected to be able to read and spell from the statutory Year 3/4 spelling list.
Times Tables: Having a sound understanding of their times tables is invaluable as the difficulty of work increases in Years 4. The children will be given times tables to practise at home each week and will be tested on a Friday. If you think that your child could benefit from extra times-table homework, please let me know and I will be happy to arrange this.
Homework: Homework books will be sent out every Monday, for those children who signed and returned the form. The homework books need to be brought in on Friday so they can be checked and have new homework stuck in ready to be handed out on the Monday. If anyone is struggling with the homework, this should give you/your child time to message me/ come and see me so that I can talk them through it. Please note that if your child forgets to return or complete their homework three times in a row, we will assume that they no longer want it and will remove them from the list. Daily reading, spelling and timetable practice still needs to take place.
PE: Children will be doing PE on a Tuesday afternoon this term. Please ensure pupils bring appropriate clothing for this.
If you have any questions or concerns and would like to discuss them with me, please do not hesitate to arrange a meeting.