Spring Term in Year 4
Dear parents and carers,
Well it is another new term - time passes so quickly! As usual, the children will all be expected to continue to work as hard as they can. I am delighted to say very many do, and these are the pupils who are making the best progress.
This term our topic is based on the novel “The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips” by Michael Morpurgo, the author of “War Horse.”
The focus of this topic is in following the main character Emily, a child living on the Devon coast, during World War 2. We will use historic evidence to think about her day to day life and how it differs from our own. This will include such subjects from the book as:- evacuees, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, rationing, the Desert War in North Africa, U.S. soldiers, the Slapton Sands tragedy and the build up to D’day.
Your child will continue to receive English and maths homework in the form of times tables and spellings. This will go out on a Friday and be due back in on a Wednesday – for some there will also be ‘Mr. Bagwell’s special speed, practise sheets.’
Please continue to read regularly at home, at least 3 times a week would be lovely. Discussing your child’s reading books is also extremely important, especially using how and why questions.
Two children in class 4H have made significant improvements in their maths in the Autumn term. This is in part due to their commitment to learning their tables, basic addition and subtraction. Fluency in these areas is of inestimable help.
Our PE sessions are on a Thursday mornings with coach Tariq. Please ensure that your child has their correct PE kit with them on this day in order that they can participate. It is very helpful to have all the children’s uniform clearly labelled. Children with hair longer than shoulder length need to have itt tied back. Stud earrings must be removed, either by you or your child, prior to the session.
If you have any questions, concerns or queries please speak to me. I will be in the playground at the end of every day and I am on duty on Monday mornings. Should you need to chat with me please contact the office to arrange a meeting. Please do not hesitate to do this as I would far rather communicate quickly and resolve a worry, or issue, than leave it. Also, please keep an eye on the school website for any further news and diary dates.
Kind Regards from
Mr. Rushden and with best wishes from Mr. Bagwell and Madame Coudrelier.
We have P.E. every Thursday. This will require the children to wear their school sports kit. We are also undertaking, a stamina building, daily 10 minute run. No special kit is required for this.
Homework will be given out on a Friday. It is to be completed by the following Wednesday. From time to time homework will include access to on-line practise programs.
Please listen to, and read with, your child at home and make a record in their reading diary. Remember, daily practice with an adult can increase your child's enthusiasm and understanding of reading. It will also enhance their progress. We hope you will be able to do this at least 3 times in 7 days.
Please remember to remind your children to regularly practice their times tables, number bonds, and other mental arithmetic techniques, as well as their handwriting and spellings.
The weekly tables and expert challenge is undertaken on Thursdays with a spelling test on Fridays.