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.
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.
The morning routine starts 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 do not need to enter the building until the whistle is blown, when we expect them to get themselves into a good morning routine, organising their lunchboxes, coats, reading books and water bottles in the appropriate places quickly and sensibly.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 need to speak with me before school, please come to the outside classroom door so that we can reduce parents within the school building at the start of the day.
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.
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 have a designated library slot on a Friday but are happy for the children to change their reading books as they finish them.
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 taped or removed. We will be swimming on a Tuesday afternoon after half term at Broadland High School.
Your child will be expected to complete homework tasks each week. We will try to send it 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 enjoyed our annual trip to Horstead Centre immensely & the weather was kind to us!
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.
Once again, if you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
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).