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Autumn Term 2018
We have an exciting, new whole school reading incentive we would like to share with you. If your child reads four times a week at home, and this is recorded in their reading record with an adult's signature, then they will be in with a chance of winning a Tom Gates book by Liz Pichon at the end of this half term. The titles up for grabs are 'What Monster?' and 'Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans'.The monitoring of this will begin on Monday 5th November.
Many thanks for your continued support.
This term we will be developing our writing skills through historical story writing. We will be using facts linked to the destruction of Pompeii to create our own historical stories. While we will be learning new grammar and writing techniques, it is vitally important that we focus on handwriting and presentation – I wonder who will be first to get their Pen Licence!
Our focus this term will be on identifying patterns in number and multiplication. We will count on and back in steps of 6, 7,8 and 9 as well as steps of 1000 and 25. As all pupils are required to know their multiplication facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4, this will also be a key focus for this term. As a school we use TTRS and we will be celebrating the children’s success in class – please practise at home – as this is the key to knowing these facts inside and out. It is truly amazing how much easier the children find maths when these key facts are learnt.
PS – Parents – Don’t be afraid – you too can learn these facts with your children!
There is a link to the TTRS website at the bottom of the page.
Our topic this term is Earthquakes and Volcanoes. We we be learning all about the structure of the Earth and how movement below our feet can create amazing changes above the ground. We will link this with our work in English and at the end of the term we will write about the amazing achievements of Sir Edmond Hillary.
Homework will be set each week on a Tuesday and will be due in the following Monday, it will mostly consist of an English or Maths activity lasting no longer than about 20 minutes. This will be in addition to reading, spelling practice and numberwork which children should partake in at home most days. Once or twice a term, we will also embrace opportunities to set more creative homework tasks – so get your glue and paint at the ready!
Please try to read every day!
While I would love all children to read daily, what is most important is that children develop a love of reading and choose to read for pleasure. As a school, we encourage children to read for 10-20 minutes on most days. We continue to use AR and I would like pupils to aim to take at least one quiz per week. Please come and have a chat if you have any questions linked to the AR scheme or of ways to engage your child with reading at home.
We will be learning spelling daily in school, with a test once a week on a Friday. These words will be linked to the year 4 spelling patterns as well as the year 3/4 NC required word lists. Please help your children to practise their spellings at home everyday, it really does help! See link below for the year 3/4 spelling list.
We will have PE twice a week on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that PE kit is in school every day!
We are all looking forward to the term ahead and know that we will have a fantastic time. Please be assured that if you have any questions or concerns we will always be willing to listen and will do our best to ensure that your child is happy in school.