Happy Easter and Welcome to the Summer Term
We hope you have all had a good rest over Easter and enjoyed all the Sun, Snow and Rain that we've had. With lockdown restrictions easing it has been good to be able to get out a bit more and meet up with people outside. We hope you are all refreshed and raring to go for what will be an action packed Summer Term! The major change to remember is that we are back in school uniform now apart from on PE days, details below. We will remain in our bubbles and with staggered timings until further guidance is given. We look forward to seeing you on Monday the 19th April.
Spellings will continue to be tested on a Wednesday and a new list handed out.
Cracking Times Tables will continue to be tested on a Thursday.
Our PE slots for this first half term will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesdays will be the Year 3/4 bubble's day in the Hall so we will have a small assembly that morning and the use of the Hall for PE in the afternoon. Swimming will take place on a Thursday. Children should come to school in their PE clothing on a Tuesday. When we swim on a Thursday, they should wear normal school uniform and bring their swimming kit. Earrings must be taken out for PE and we would thoroughly recommend not wearing them on days when there is PE.
We hope you will continue to support your children at home with Home Learning activities, especially reading, spellings and learning multiplication tables. There is the National Times Tables test for Year 4s at the end of the year (postponed but we may still do the unofficial one) so that is something we will hope to do really well in as a class. For the Summer term, we will revert back to 2 pieces of Home Learning a week and we would expect the children to spend about 20 minutes on each. Maths will be set on a Wednesday for the following Monday and English set on a Friday for the following Wednesday. Home learning will be quarantined once handed in so please make sure it is handed in on time as anything late impacts on when feedback can be given.
There will be regular Home Learning as mentioned above and we often follow this up in class so please ensure your child completes tasks by the given deadlines. Children should write Home Learning tasks and any reminders in their Home Learning Diary every day. If there is no Home Learning they should write “No HL” so parents know they haven’t just forgotten to write it down! Please sign the diaries during the week as these will be collected in on a Friday, to be quarantined, and checked on Monday each week. This is an excellent way to communicate too, so feel free to send any non-urgent messages using it. Diaries should still be in school every day.
- Please note that Gym and Dance inside will be done in bare feet unless there is a medical need for shoes to be worn in which case a letter detailing this will be required.
- We are now back to our usual expectations for school uniform but some key points to remember are: Hair should be tied back with plain hair ties and clips of a colour which blends in with the school uniform. Ear studs are permitted as the only type of jewelery but nothing else. Parents are asked to continue to read and discuss texts with children and record a minimum of 4 sessions a week in the Reading Record Book. Reading Records will be checked on Mondays but will need to be handed in on a Friday so that they can be quarantined over the weekend. We are trying something slightly different this year so there is a different look to the Reading Record and it includes suggested activities that can be done. We will visit the Library when it is our turn on the rota so children will always have the opportunity to change their books and we also have a range of books in the classroom. We can’t stress enough the importance of reading and the understanding of reading as it is vital to access so much of the curriculum.
Pencil Cases - Pencil cases will not be required in school as we have been doing all year. Please send your child in with the equipment they need and we will then provide a ziplock wallet for them to store their equipment in. This makes wiping down of equipment far easier so we thank you for your help with this. Whilst we have spares, we please ask that your child has all the equipment needed and spares as we want to minimise the amount of sharing of resources where possible.
Finally, please communicate with us as it is important that your child is happy in school and making good progress. This is more difficult than normal in the current climate but please contact the office via phone or email and we will ring back as soon as possible.
Mr Smith & Mrs Carmichael
The children each presented their Greek projects to the class in the last few days before the Christmas break. We learned lots of new things about Ancient Greece, such as how to build a temple and how to make delicious Greek meals. We also learned that the Romans stole many of the Ancient Greeks' inventions - like underfloor heating! Well done Year 4 for all the effort you put into these projects and for presenting them so clearly and confidently to each other.