Hello and welcome to Year 4.
This year each class has been named after a Welsh bird or animal. Our class name is Dosbarth Gwennol, this means ‘Swallow Class’ in Welsh.
Below we have included some information about our class and how we work. We are holding a drop in session on Thursday 14th September between 3:15pm- 4:15pm where we will be available to answer any of your questions.
The people who work in our class are:
Mrs Martin (Wednesday afternoon)
Mr Allman (Monday afternoon)
Our week in school and things to remember:
This term we are swimming every Thursday morning. This is our P.E for this term so please make sure the children have their swimming stuff with them every week. Please make sure the children don’t bring aerosols.
Our P.E hall slot is a Tuesday afternoon however can you make sure P.E kits are in school all the time. We will send them home at half terms.
Friday- Reading and spelling books should be brought back ready to change each Friday.
What are we learning about this term?
This term we are learning all about our local area. Our literacy lessons will begin with us reading ‘Where my wellies take me’ by Michael Morpurgo. This is a collection of poems about different villages. We will then look at a picture book called ‘Window’ by Jeannie Baker which looks at how places change through the years before we write our own poems about Acrefair. After this we will go for walks around Acrefair and think about how it has changed. If anyone has any stories about how Acrefair has changed over the years and would like to come and discuss this with the children please let me know. It would be much appreciated. In our topic lessons we will be looking at lots of different maps and locating different landmarks using compass directions and co-ordinates. We will be discussing current issues that we have in our local area before having a debate about this. We will also develop maths, geography, art and ICT skills along the way!
Learning at home
Reading- In our class we change reading books on a Friday. Children are encouraged to bring back their completed books on a Friday 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.
Important dates this term
Thursday 14th September- Drop in session for parents to meet the teacher (Years 1-6)
Wednesday 20th September- Famous Artist Day
Friday 22nd September- NSPCC on-line safety meeting for parents at 3:15pm- film and snacks for children
Friday 29th September- Healthy Living Day
Friday 6th October– Harvest festival at church- time tbc
Tuesday 17th October/Wednesday 18th October- Parents evening for all classes from 3:30pm
Wednesday 25th October- Autumn disco Infants 4:30-5:30pm; juniors 6pm- 7pm
Tuesday 24th October Year 5; Thursday 26th October Year 6
Tuesday 7th November Year 4; Thursday 9th November Year 3
Tuesday 14th November Year 1; Thursday 16th November Year 2
Friday 1st December- Christmas fair
Monday 11th December- Nursery and Reception- Morning performance only
Tuesday 12th December- Year 1 and 2 afternoon and evening performance
Wednesday 13th December- Key Stage 2 performance (afternoon and evening)
Thursday 14th December- Key Stage 2 performance (evening)
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