Year 4

Hello and welcome to Year 4.

Hello and welcome to Year 4.

Each class has been named after a Welsh bird or animal. Our class name is Dosbarth Gwennol, this means ‘Swallow Class’ in Welsh.

Mrs Halley will be available for you to drop in for a chat from 3:15pm- 4pm during the week beginning Monday 7th January and will be able to answer any of your questions.

Below we have included some information about our class and how we work.

The people who work in our class are:

We are taught by Mrs Halley on a Monday –Thursday and Mr Griffiths each Friday.

Miss Edwards and Miss Jones also work in our class.

Mrs Wooding takes us to Forest School each week too.

Our week in school and things to remember:

We have Forest School every Monday afternoon and we go come rain or shine so please make sure that your child has a warm and waterproof kit in school with them. These can be left in school and can be sent home at half term.

Our P.E hall slot is a Friday morning however can you make sure P.E kits are in school all the time. We will send them home at half term (or sooner if needed!).

Reading and spelling books should be brought back to school on a Wednesday so that they can be updated and changed ready to come back home on a Friday.

What are we learning about this term?

As Mrs Halley is new to our class, we will be spending the first few weeks of the term focusing on a ‘getting to know you’ theme. The work will centre around ourselves. In literacy we will be writing poems about ourselves using ambitious vocabulary, in science we will be learning about our bodies and in PHSE we will be thinking about our dreams and goals. We will be telling Mrs Halley all about the things that we are good at and also reflecting on our ‘learning powers’ and how we can help ourselves to be better learners and overcome the challenges that we might face this term. Our first class text will

be ‘Cloud-busting’ by Malorie Blackman and when reading it we will think about the way that we treat people in our class and our school community; we will write diary entries from the character’s points of view and explore how they could have responded to situations differently.

We will then move on and read ‘Meercat Mail’. We will join Sonny on a trip around a range of different locations where he wants to set up a home; we will then plan what we would like to find out about each place and each animal that he stays with before writing our own stories using Meercat Mail as a model.

Learning at home

Reading- In our class we change reading books on a Thursday and Friday. Children are encouraged to bring back their completed books on a Wednesday morning ready to change it for a new book, we understand that as some children will be reading longer books now and may not change their reading books every week. Please write in your child’s yellow reading log to record when you have read with them at home, although we don’t always have chance to write a note back, we do check these books each week and children who have read at least three times receive extra dojos in class.

New spelling lists will also be sent home on a Friday. We practise these daily in school too.

Homework- throughout the Key Stage 2 we all send home take-away homework; more information about this will be sent along with the first set of challenges at the end of the week. This half term Mrs Halley will also be setting some additional maths and literacy tasks which will build upon what your child has been learning in class each week.

Friday 22nd February – school closes for half term

Monday 4th March – Friday 8th March Celebrating Wales Week – Eisteddfod competition entries to be brought into school by Thursday 7th

Friday 8th March – children invited to come to school in Welsh clothing

Wednesday 13th March – Hooked on Books Day – Nursery children are invited to bring their favourite bedtime story into school

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th March – Parents Evenings

Friday 12th April – school closes for Easter