Welcome to Year 4!
Updated 27.09.20: Please see information below with regard to the handing in of Home Learning, Home Learning Diaries and Reading Records which we will be using again from the week of the 28th September. The children have made a great start to the year and been fantastic in adapting to the new way of learning at Cedar Park. Mrs Carmichael and I are very proud of the start they have made and look forward to speaking to you about their progress later in the half term.
A very busy and exciting year lies ahead and we are very much looking forward to teaching you in Year 4. It will be great to have you back in school full time after what has been a very different 2020 and we have so much learning to do which is fantastic. There are obviously some changes to how schools are running now but we will all learn our new routines together and help each other out. Things are subject to change but below we have included some of the key information you need to know as it stands at the moment.
Our PE slots for this half-term will be one on a Monday and a Tuesday. 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. As we will not be in school uniform to start the year, the children will need to be in suitable clothing for doing PE on the days they have it and please be aware we will be outside when possible so layers are good. Earrings must be taken out for PE and we would thoroughly recommend not wearing them on days when there is PE.
The Curriculum News, available below, outlines the topics we will be focusing on in each area of the curriculum during the Autumn Term. 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 so that is something we will hope to do really well in as a class. Outside of the above, we will set 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. **Please note, Home Learning and Library slots will begin the w/c 28th September.**
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 remind you that children are expected to set a good example and look smart at all times. This remains the case even without the school uniform requirement at present. Hair should be tied back with plain hair ties and clips of a colour which blends in with 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 per the message at the end of the summer term. 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