Happy New Year to you all!
A warm welcome to our Class 4 page. Another busy term ahead filled with lots of exciting learning opportunities planned for the children to enjoy. We adopt, where possible, a cross curricular approach to our learning so that the children's learning is purposeful whilst establishing and forging links with their own and the wider community. We will be learning about light and evolution and inheritance in science - listen out for the wonderful adaption of the peppered moth it really is a fascinating lesson for us all. This links us nicely to the Window by Jeannie Baker. The beautiful illustrations of this wonderful book will enable us to discuss the impact of human activity on our local environment. We will endeavour to visit the Wild for Learning Area this term so there may be days when I ask the children to wear non school uniform and their wellies to school.
Reading remains a focus across the school, it is so important to listen to your child read, just ten to fifteen minutes a night will benefit your child's progress greatly. It is important to take the time to discuss new vocabulary with your child, using both dictionaries and discussing context to find out the meaning of new words can be challenging but exciting too. The ability to summarise a text underpins comprehension and inference skills, so when you are able, ask your child to summarise what has happened, this extends beyond describing what has happened and should in fact encourage your child to ask questions, make predictions and establish connections across a piece of text. Please do come and ask if you feel you require further support or advice to support reading at home, I will happily talk you through some ideas.
As part of our Maths work, daily practice at home of times tables will really help and give your child the confidence to tackle complex word problems- times table knowledge underpins so much of the maths they do -a simple CD in the car will really help with this. Also this term homework will focus on speed and accuracy in completing arithmetic questions, in Year 6 there is an expectation that about 34 questions should be completed in 30 minutes.... speedy I know!
Homework will be handed out on a Friday to be returned on a Thursday. PE will be on a Monday and a Friday, however, it's always useful to have their PE Kit in school all week just in case things get changed.
We welcome anyone who would like to share an expertise with the children or hear them read, help with maths or get messy with the clay, just come and see us.
Many Thanks and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Miss Miners (Class Teacher) and Mrs Skinner (Teaching Assistant)