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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4, Rowan Class!

Hello,

It is so lovely to be back in school after the somewhat disrupted year we have all endured, and your children have all made an excellent start to the new school term.

In year 4, the expectations of your children do increase again, and their responsibilities get that little bit greater, as they do each year through the juniors. In order to prepare them we will be supporting and encouraging your child to build their independence as well as enjoying all of the fun learning and activities in our curriculum, which you can see on our Y4 Curriculum Overview attached to this web page.

In Year 4, adults are...

Mrs Whitaker – Class Teacher

Miss Chappell – 1:1 TA

Mrs Petty – 1:1 TA

Mrs Sawtell & Mrs Babb- HLTA - Covering every Tuesday PM, Wednesday and Thursday PM

Class Routines

When the children come into class at 8:50, they start the day with a ‘Good Morning Challenge’ that is linked to our learning, so it is really important that they arrive promptly please.  The children should bring their water bottle daily and reading book into class with them to be changed on a Monday and a Friday, or if they have completed their book, they take the responsibility to change their book. The expectation is that the children read at home daily, with a comment from an adult with whom they have read, written in their yellow reading record.

We stop for break at 10:30 and Lunch is from 12:10 to 1:10.

At the end of the day at 3:10, I will bring the children out onto the junior playground where you can meet them.

PE Day

PE will be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, straight after lunch. We will be running regularly throughout the week as part of our school day to keep us all fit and healthy, so please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school when needed. The children will need blue/black PE shorts, a white T-shirt, trainers, spare socks and a tracksuit for when the weather turns colder as PE will still take place outside, whatever the weather! It’s also useful to have a spare plastic bag to keep the trainers separate from the clothing. Earrings, watches & Fitbits will need to be removed for the PE lessons and long hair tied back.

Water Bottles and Lunch

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school everyday. These will be kept in the classroom and can be re-filled when needed.

School lunches can be ordered on the day in school, but it is very helpful if you could pre-order these online beforehand please. (Note – if you order form home, it cannot be changed in school)

Your child is welcome to bring a snack for break time, but please remember these should be a healthy choice, so no crisps or chocolate, and also please remember to help us uphold our ‘No Nuts or Sesame' policy. Do check the ingredients carefully as some products have ground nuts in them that you may not have realised – such as Pick Up bars & Nutella!

Equipment

We will provide all stationery for our lessons in school so your child does not need to bring a pencil case in, but they will need access to stationery at home for their homework.

Homework

Homework will mostly be accessed and completed online. It will mostly be set on Microsoft Teams and will be set on Fridays and due to be completed by the following Friday.  This will consist of a mixture of regular MyMaths, SPAG.com, and spellings on Spelling Shed. Any handwriting practice will be sent home on handwriting paper and is not expected to be brought back into school. Please see below the web addressed for the online homework; your child will have their own login details sent home within the first couple of weeks.

MyMaths = https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

Spelling shed = https://www.spellingshed.com

SPAG.com = https://www.spag.com

Comprehension homework will be set every Friday. This will be marked in class on the following Wednesday morning.

Reading

It is SO important that your child continues to read daily.  Reading is proven to help develop vocabulary, imagination, sentence structure and confidence and will support your child in their own writing. I will be asking the children to talk to me about the books that they are reading and will check during the daily registration that they have read at home.

I am looking forward to this coming term and spending time with your fantastic children.

Kind regards

Mrs Whitaker

Cock Lane, Bradfield Southend, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 6HR

0118 974 4304