Welcome back and we hope you have had a wonderful and well rested break over the Holiday Season. We are looking forward to an exciting and fresh new term ahead.
This term we will continue to have a strong emphasis on learning our times tables because we want the children to become more confident with their recall facts and understanding of the inverse operation, division. They have now been taught a variety of methods to assist them and it would be beneficial for them to continue to practise at home.
In English, we will be reading "Beaver Towers”, an exciting fantasy story by Nigel Hinton. In Numeracy, we will be focusing on Place Value; developing our Arithmetic Skills; Multiplication and Division; and, developing our Written Methods of Calculation. During the afternoons, our topic for the first half of the Spring Term will be Mad Science followed by Living Things.
We will continue with Weekly Spellings and we ask that you continue use the activities in their Spelling Journals to practise with your children at home. It is also important to read as much as possible with your child and we ask that parents listen to their children read because this will help develop a love of books. When you listen to your children read, this should be recorded in their Home School Diary and each read will count towards a reading prize!
Now that we have finished with swimming our PE sessions will move to Tuesday and Friday. Outdoor PE will take place on Tuesdays afternoons and Multi-Skills will remain on Friday afternoons. We would like to remind you that the children are expected to wear the appropriate PE Kits (red shorts, white top, trainers and a dark tracksuit for outdoor use). It is important that the children have their Ghyllgrove PE kits at school so that they can join in with the sessions. Children with long hair must have their hair tied back and no jewellery can be worn during P.E. Plus we would like to remind you that earrings cannot be taken out by members of staff.
Look out for more information on the curriculum that we will be studying over the course of the year in order to support your child as much as possible. Also, look out for any letters sent home or messages in the Home School Diary. We are using Times Table Rock Stars, a fantastic online resource, to develop our knowledge of multiplication and division facts. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging online programme designed to help pupils master their times tables by playing the different games and answering different questions to improve their Rock speed and status. Also, the children will earn coins for correctly answered questions which they can use to improve and upgrade their Rock Star Avatar. You can continue boosting your Rock score at home by practising your times tables on Times Tables Rock Stars. Just go to https://play.ttrockstars.com and use the login information inside your home school diary.
Finally, we would like to remind all families to label your child’s clothing and equipment. This includes PE Kit, School Uniform, Coats and lunch boxes. All items must have your child’s name and class number. Lastly, may we remind you that we are a healthy school, we do ask the children have only water in the classrooms and at break time, the children can have a healthy snack of fruit or vegetable sticks. Alternatively, the children may prefer to buy a snack from the school hall.
Thank you and we are looking forward to working with you and your children in Year 4.
Mrs Killeen, Mrs White, Mrs Element and Miss Bradley