Welcome to Year 4: Silver Birch

​We hope you all had a fantastic winter break and are ready for what awaits in 2019!

The teacher in Class 4 is Mr Edwards. Mrs Spence, Ms Thomas and Mrs Dhiri also spend time in our class to help with our learning.

PE will take place every Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that children have their PE kits in school on all days as PE sessions may take place during none scheduled days. PE kits consist of black shorts, a white top (no logo please), suitable trainers or pumps and all jewellery must be removed. Children should have a pair of plain black jogging bottoms or leggings and a fleece for our outdoor sessions.

As a whole school, we will be injecting a high dose of fun and enthusiasm in our creative curriculum this year. Our History topic this term is the ‘Angry Aztecs’ and explores this fascinating civilisation of Mesoamerica. We will also be looking at the history of Chocolate and how it is made – from bean to bar and Our curriculum map is attached to provide you with a brief outline of some of the subjects and activities we will be covering in the run up to Easter.

Year 4 children will be given a piece of Maths and English homework every Friday. The expectation is these tasks will be completed over the weekend and returned to school on Monday morning. In addition, Year 4 Spellings will be sent home each Friday and a test will be carried out the following Friday. Please assist you child to learning these age-related spellings since spelling is a big priority in Primary assessments. Maths homework will be directly linked to the work covered that week so the children should be familiar with the area of maths. A crucial part of our daily maths work will be learning all of the times tables up to 12x12. Please encourage times table practice at home too!

I would also like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of children reading for at least 20 minutes every evening. Reading is vital for your child’s success and it helps enormously in their writing.

In order for us to monitor and inform you on reading, homework tasks and school events, each child has been issued with a personal planner. It is an easy and effective way for us to communicate. Please sign the Home/School agreement. Please check your child’s planner on a regular basis.

Children must look after their planners because if they lose/damage them, a new one will be issued at a cost of £3.

As a reminder, children must line up on the playground from 8.45 with the bell for the start of school ringing at 8.50. Morning break is at 10:15-10:30 so please can you either provide your child with a mid-morning snack or money for toast/drink.

If you have any further questions or worries, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can catch me at the end of the day, as I dismiss your child, if you would like to have a word face to face.

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