Year 4 Chestnut
Welcome to Chestnut Class
Welcome to Chestnut Class, hopefully this information will be helpful in the coming year and will explain some of what will be happening as we start a new school year.
Staff in Chestnut Class
This year the children will be taught by myself, Mr Adam Ward and we will be fortunate enough to be supported by Mr Harry Johnson, who you will know from last year. Interventions, for those who need them, will be put in place as quickly as possible and reviewed regularly. On a Monday afternoon, Mrs Pimlott will initially be delivering RE with French later in the year. This will be followed by PE/Games with Mr Paul Ward. This half term Mrs Ward will be accompanying the children for swimming lessons on a Tuesday afternoon.
PE kit, bags and equipment
Rather than going back to changing in school we will be carrying on with the children coming in PE kit on the days they have PE. This will mean on Mondays the children will be expected to come in wearing their PE kit as well as on Tuesdays in the first half term in autumn, as the children will have swimming lessons. Next half term there will be outdoor learning on a Tuesday and PE on a Thursday, but there will be reminders before that happens.
All stationary equipment will be provided in class so there will be no need for children to bring in their own, nor will they be able to bring in fidget toys unless it has been cleared already by myself. We only have a small area for coats in Chestnut class, so unless it is a swimming day please can we not bring in bags as we do not have the space. If your child is moving between households or there is another unavoidable reason for them to have a bag this is fine, but otherwise a coat, water bottle and lunch box is all they need.
Drop off and pick up
Whilst some measures have been dropped, we will still be asking parents to drop off their children at the classroom and enter through the same gate as last year. You do not have a set time, but the children will be expected from 8:40 to 8:50. We will start the day at 8:50. Pick-up will be the same at 3:15.
Class Dojo is a valuable way of keeping you up to date with events in the classroom. We 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 us at any time of the day. The
messages you send us cannot be seen by other parents and so the communication is private. We
would urge you to check Class Dojo on a daily basis, if you do not get instant alerts and
Homework, Reading at home and Knowledge Organisers
Homework will continue much the same as last year, with a weekly task given out on Friday to be marked by the children in class on the following Thursday. There will also be an opportunity for an open ended project every half term.
Children should be reading at home regularly, however most of the children in Chestnut class should be beginning to read more independently. The reading records that were given out last year should mostly be filled in by the children, however if you would like to comment there is space. These will be collected on Thursday and given out on Friday. Our class novel this half term is Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson.
I will share this term’s knowledge organisers online as we move through the subjects covered. I will share the KO’s in the class story on Dojo.
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, and the children will be expected to take the government’ s Multiplication check in the summer term. At any opportunity, with any available resources, please encourage and support your child to become as fluent with them as possible. The children will all have login details for Times Table Rockstars and we encourage and reward regular use of this.
Trips and Year 4 Horstead Trip
This year we will be heading to Norwich Castle for the ancient civilisations workshop in our first term as well as our Horstead residential trip in the second half of the winter term. Last year, we took a trip to Blakeney Point to develop our understanding of coastal ecosystems, we will look to do a similar trip this year, but in the summer term. We will also be looking for an opportunity for a trip in the spring term. Details for all the trips will be provided nearer the time, but if you have any questions or ideas please let me know.