Welcome to Class 4
Autumn Term 2018
Dear Class 4 Parents/Carers
Welcome back to another academic year. I hope you have had an exciting but restful break and enjoyed the fantastic weather we have been having this summer.
We have another very busy year ahead of us with the Year 6s taking transfer tests and parents/carers making important decisions about their children's future. Year 6 will also be also be taking SATs tests in May.
Both Year 5 and Year 6 will be working hard to progress their learning with a very full curriculum and expectations being high. Homework will be handed out on Thursdays and will be expected to be completed by the following Wednesday. The homework will vary; sometimes it will be a learning homework and other times it will involve finding out, recording or playing games but there will be two pieces set per week. One piece will be maths and the other will be English, topic, science or French.
We will also be having fun, especially at the end of the year when we will be going on a residential visit which will be both challenging and rewarding. There will be more information about this visit in due course.
All the necessary stationery will be provided by the school and so there will be no need for children to bring in pencil cases: space is limited on desks and also in trays in the classroom. However, if your child does wish to bring in their own pencil case, they may do so at their own risk. These must be fairly plain so as not to distract the children from their learning. If there is not enough room on tables or in trays, they will be asked to keep these in their bags in the lockers.
As part of a drive to improve handwriting and presentation, the children will begin the year by using handwriting books for all of their class work with the exception of maths. As these books are completed, they will then go on to record in books according to subject.
This year, children will be allowed to sign out library books again. They will be allowed to choose one book at a time and must return and sign in one book before taking out the next one. We will also be having one session of 'Reading for Enjoyment' per week. If anybody has any children's comics or magazines which their children have finished with and wouldn’t mind donating them to Class 4, we would be very grateful.
We are fortunate to have Mrs Mulcahy in the role of higher level teaching assistant with us for the year which will mean that the children will be mostly learning in smaller class groups. They will also often be in their own year group. We are very lucky to also be having Mr Kritah supporting Class 4 for the year.
PE will be on a Wednesday and on a Friday so please make sure that the children have their kit in schools on these days. We will also be having Outdoor Learning on a Monday so you may wish to send your children in with a pair of old trainers or wellies, particularly if the weather has been wet. We are lucky to have Mrs Ellis to work with the children outside again and, this term, they will be able to work in smaller groups, once a fortnight, cultivating a vegetable plot and growing produce.
Finally, I hope your children will be very happy this year but if there are any issues, please do not hesitate to contact the office to arrange a meeting in school. I am also happy to arrange a telephone appointment if you are unable to come in to school due to family or work commitments.
Mrs E Morley
Class 4 Teacher