Welcome to Year 4 - Chestnut
Welcome to Chestnut Class. I hope you find this information useful in supporting your child’s learning throughout the course of the year.
Staff in Chestnut Class
Chestnuts will be very fortunate to have Mrs Kate Rayner as their classroom assistant in the mornings who also has experience as a classroom teacher. She is extremely experienced and we have an excellent working relationship. Interventions, for those who need them, will be put in place as quickly as possible and reviewed regularly. On a Monday afternoon, a Music and Drama lesson will be delivered by Mrs Rayner followed by PE/Games by Mr Ward.
The morning routine continues to remain the same with children being allowed on the playground from 8:40am, with the whistle being blown for the start of the day at 8:50am. Children should not need to enter the building until the whistle is blown, when we expect them to get themselves into a good morning routine. We suggest that they enter the school via the cloakrooms and organise their lunchboxes, coats, bags, reading books and water bottles in the appropriate places quickly and sensibly. As in Hazel class, there is a class tray for money and letters to be handed in. Please encourage your child to be as independent as possible at this time of day so that they know where their belongings are and take responsibility for them.
Should you or they need to speak with me before school, please come to the outside classroom door so that we can limit parents within the school building at the start of the day.
Shared reading at school
On Monday mornings we continue to encourage parents or other adults to join us in the classroom from 8:40 – 9:00. Please come along and encourage your child to share their reading book with you or alternatively, one of the topic based books from around the classroom.
Sharing reading at home
In Chestnut class we continue to expect the children to be reading on a regular basis, for a minimum of 10 minutes at least three times a week. Both independent and shared reading is encouraged and a log kept in the reading journal will enable them to progress along our classroom reading challenge which is entitled ‘Read Yourself Round Europe’. They can earn themselves reading raffle tickets which they can enter into the prize draw at the end of term. We encourage the children to change their reading books independently as they finish them.
PE and Games kits
Please ensure your child has the necessary NAMED sports kit on a Monday and Tuesday each week. As the weather cools, please make sure they have a warm top to wear so that we can get them outside as often as possible, also trainers and plimsolls will be required so that they can safely run around both inside and out. Long hair needs to be tied back and earrings should be removed. We will be swimming on a Tuesday afternoon after half term at Broadland High School. If there is a medical reason why your child should be excused for these activities, please contact me directly, via email or class dojo.
Your child is expected to complete a homework task each week. We will try to send homework books home on a Thursday or Friday and expect it handed in no later than Tuesday the following week. All homework tasks are to be completed with the same thought and care as class work and ask that you provide a quiet time for the children to be able to concentrate on what has been asked of them. Please try to get involved in the activities set. We strongly feel that homework at this age prepares them for future steps in their school journey and would ask that you support us in getting the children in a good routine. Some of the tasks on the menu may require more than one week, in which case please communicate this to me so that I am aware that a task is being worked on. Should there be any other issues regarding homework, please speak with me so that we can get these ironed out quickly and with minimum upset.
Each week the children will focus on a new spelling rule to help them build up their ability to spell those words expected to be known by the end of year 4. Some weeks these will be more challenging than previous ones and may need to have more time spent on them at home than others. I always aim to put a copy of the weekly word lists on Class Dojo alongside giving the children a copy of the lists. There are a variety of ways spellings can be learnt and it is important that a method that works for your child is used. I would be grateful if you could support your child in learning their 10 words which will be provided at the early part of the week so that they are prepared for a spelling test on the following Monday.
It is expected that by the end of Year 4 all children will know their times tables up to 12 x 12 and the related division facts. This will be a big ask of some children but it is something we will be working on throughout the year. At any opportunity, with any available resources, please encourage and support your child to become as fluent with them as possible. This could be built into the homework tasks on a regular basis.
Last year there was a huge amount of lost property generated that was unnamed and so could not be returned to the owner. Please could I urge you to name all items of clothing, footwear and other belongings clearly at the start of the term.
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I will be sending out additional information very soon regarding the outstanding payments, kit lists, parents meeting, etc. There will also be some forms to complete so that I have all the necessary documentation in place. Please complete and return these as promptly as possible. I understand some of the children are quite anxious about some aspects of the trip. Please encourage them to speak with me or pop in yourself, so that we can put their minds at rest before we go. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop independence, resilience, communication and team work skills, alongside being a lot of fun too! I take the responsibility of taking your child away from home very seriously and can assure you that every effort is made to ensure their safety and happiness.
Class Dojo is a valuable way of keeping you up to date with events in the classroom. I use it widely to send reminders and notices out so that you are kept in the picture as much as possible. It is also a quick and easy way for you to communicate with me at any time of the day. The messages you send me cannot be seen by other parents and so the communication is private. I would urge you to check Class Dojo on a daily basis, if you do not get instant alerts and notifications.
I look forward to meeting you all at some point soon, if I haven’t already, and if you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact me. As a parent myself, I fully understand that life doesn’t always run smoothly and so if there is anything you feel I should be aware of to allow us to support your child in the best way possible, please approach me sooner rather than later.
Mrs Sara Ward
This year we are learning to Code on the iPads with Hopscotch . We have made games like FlappyBird & Snowboarding – using instruction videos. If you have an iPad or iPhone at home, you can download Hopscotch & watch instruction videos to find out how to make your own games!
If you have an Android tablet or phone, you can use Scratch which is a similar program developed at M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).