Here is where you will find out what we have been learning in class!
Spring Term 2019
Tales of the Countryside
Questions that we hope to answer ....
~ What do we mean by ‘environment’?
~ What is like to live in the Lake District?
~ How can we look after our environment?
~ How might we develop an environment without spoiling it?
~ What elements of plant growth can we investigate?
~ How can we encourage others to learn about and enjoy the countryside?
~ What is sustainability?
~ Who was Beatrix Potter?
~ What is the human impact of tourism?
~ What is a debate?
~ How can Beatrix Potter stories inspire our own writing?
We have PE every Thursday and Friday so please ensure your child has their PE kit in school. We ask that all pieces of kit are clearly labelled. PE kit inspections will take place once every half term.
Spellings are tested every Tuesday morning. Every child has an individual spelling list which is tailored to their needs; on top of this each child will have 3 additional spelling which are taken from their writing during school time. As well as this we work on a different spelling group each week as a whole class.
Each Wednesday a group of children will take their learning outdoors with Mrs Damiano. Children will write in their homework books when they will need to bring in their wellies, please ensure they are in school in the week they are needed.
Children experience many opportunities to read throughout the school day. In year 4 children may be heard to read on an individual basis once a week to monitor progress and suitability of the ‘home reading book’. Fluent readers may be monitored less often. However, reading books may be changed on completion provided the reading card has been signed with an accompanying comment on how the reading went. Children may read independently once on library reading.
Please try to set aside 10 - 15 quiet minutes at home on a daily basis to enable your child to practise his/her reading. This may be any reading including comics, the newspaper or a home reading book. We expect the children to read something 5 times a week; please sign their diaries to confirm this.
Children who are still developing their reading skills, or who have special needs will be heard more frequently and will have a structured phonics programme to follow.
Homework book and diary:
Each child has their own homework book. Every week pupils in class 4 will receive a piece of work to complete at home, it alternates between maths and a literacy based piece of work. Homework is handed out on a Thursday and will be collected in on a Monday. We also issue each child with a homework diary; these are a vital part of the communication between myself and the parents.We ask that everyday you write a short comment to what your child has done at home e.g. reading and or/practised spellings/times tables with a small signature. We then ask you sign off the week on the bottom right hand page ready for the Monday. Children will receive bricks for all of this being completed.
Although this may sound strict we are preparing your child for their transition to secondary school where homework books play a vital role during the school day.