Welcome to Zimbabwe 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 Monday and will be tested the following Monday. 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 Monday. 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.
Home-Learning: A home-learning grid has been given out to the children with activities that link to our current topic. If the children choose to complete a piece of home-learning, they should bring it in to school on a Thursday and may receive a merit on a Friday.
PE: Children will be doing PE on a Tuesday afternoon this term. It is extremely important that they have the correct kit with them every week, otherwise they may not be allowed to take part in lessons. Correct kit includes a t-shirt in their house colour, shorts or tracksuit bottoms in the winter and suitable trainers or plimsolls.
If you have any questions or concerns and would like to discuss them with me, please do not hesitate to arrange a meeting.