Year Four Curriculum Newsletter
Spring 2018 – 2019
Our overall topic for the Spring term is Ancient Egypt.
English – Variety of Texts: narrative writing, poetry, recounts, play scripts.
Maths – number: Multiplication and Division, measurement, fractions and decimals.
French – Families and months of the year
ICT- ‘We are HTML editors’
Music – exploring descriptive sounds and exploring arrangements
PE- Gymnastics and Swimming (Term 4)
DT: Mechanical Systems - Pop-up books
PSHE- ‘Health and Well being’
RE – ‘Buddhist Festivals and Why is Easter important to Christians
Dates and events
Proposed trips and visitors in school this term include;
· Visit Maidstone Museum for an Egyptian day.
I recognise that homework can sometimes be a source of stress and conflict which I would like to mitigate.
I want your child to take more responsibility for their learning and become more independent. I have told the children that they are to try their best to complete the task in the time (usually 30 minutes) and if they cannot, to write me a short note as to what the difficulty was. I am delighted if parents help and support home work, but if they can’t do it please let me know so I can assist them.
Homework will be set and given out on a Tuesday and should be returned the following Monday. Spelling homework and lists are given out on Monday in preparation for a test on Friday. Homework will largely consist of Maths tasks including times tables, along with topic work projects and research linked to our current topics in class. Team points will be awarded. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time and if you help him or her, indicate this on their work.
Homework instructions will be sent home on paper and children will be expected to complete their homework, on paper or the sheets/templates provided, and return this to school ready to be used either in their books or for display. The same presentational and layout expectations apply for homework as in class. The total amount of time to be spent on all homework, across the week is 1 hour and 30 minutes (this does not include reading).
Please read with your child on a regular basis. Your child should take responsibility for his or her own reading record (which should go to and from school each day); filling in their own comments (at least 2 comments a week) and it is to be handed in with their homework.
Rewards and sanctions
Good work and behaviour will result in team points, class treats and weekly certificates in celebration assembly. I believe in having a positive approach with the children and will praise them regularly and wherever I can.
Warnings will be given to the children before a sanction follows. This may take the form of missing a playtime or using their time to complete unfinished work. All of the class have contributed to a set of classroom rules and expectations and are aware of the sanctions procedure in the case of unacceptable behaviour.
I expect the children to learn and behave in accordance with the school and classroom rules. I expect them to listen fully during teaching time and not to disturb anyone else. Children should contribute to class discussion and work to their full potential at all times. It is vital that children learn to become more independent and resilient in this year, as these skills will serve them well throughout their learning and school life in general. Please support this, wherever possible.
Most learning in English and Maths will consist of whole class teaching, followed by independent or group tasks with children generally grouped with those of a similar ability, however some mixed ability groupings will be used when I feel it is appropriate.
Sharing thoughts and ideas will be an important part of the children’s learning therefore talk partners are used throughout the year. Your child will be seated at a “base table” alongside their talk partner, seats are chosen at random and will be changed each week. This encourages children to make new friends, support one another and develop their social communication skills.
Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. If your child is unable to do PE, please supply a written note as to the reason why. Please note that as we approach the colder months the children should bring in tracksuit bottoms and a warm top to wear as PE will continue in all weathers! Earrings are to be removed for PE or not worn on PE days if easier.
Even though you will have reported your child’s absence on the telephone to the office staff, please also supply a written note on the day your child returns to school. Any children arriving after 8.50am need to go via the office to sign in and will be registered as late.
If your child needs to take medication during the school day, please come to the school office to fill in a form. A normal letter is not enough as the information needs to be recorded in a certain way.
Keeping in contact
I will always be very happy to meet and discuss any questions or concerns you may have about any aspect of your child’s time at school. However, as I’m sure you appreciate drop off in the morning can be rather busy so it is usually best to make an appointment to meet after school when we can talk undisturbed. I will generally be available after school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, please contact the school office to request a meeting. Obviously if there is something I need to know urgently about your child please do let me know first thing or send the information on a note in with your child.
Thank you for you continued support.