Croeso i Blywddyn 4       Welcome to Year 4

 

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Welcome to Year 4! Croeso I’r dosbarth 4!

This year is going to be an exciting time for the children as we have some fascinating topics to cover. Alongside Year 3, our topics begin with Children of the Revolution, Flight Engineers, Sensoria, Global Gourmet, Travel Agents and Wild Wood.

We have already started Children of the Revolution which focuses on the life of Queen Victoria and the lives of the rich and poor children plus many social problems of the 19th century. We will be writing reports and newspaper articles to develop our skills of explanation writing.

This term in maths we will be focusing on number skills, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as fractions, length and data. A huge focus will be on ICT and how skills can be integrated into each lesson.

Our Science topics throughout the year include, Physical Processes. Light & Sound, Interdependence of Organisms, Life Processes and Living Things. Our investigations will link into these topics and literacy and numeracy skills will be developed within the projects.

The topics allow us to go on many trips to explore and investigate new places with different experiences. I am very keen to take the class on regular trips but I need the support of all parents. Without enough payments for trips we will not be able to go on them. Please help us take your children out into the world to give them these opportunities.

Our class routines are as follows:

P.E. will be every Tuesday so a kit suitable for indoor and outdoor needs to be left in school with labelled items in a labelled bag.

Swimming is this term and it is every Friday morning. Please ensure swimming costumes, towels and goggles are sent in on this day. Easy clothes to change from are ideal ie no tights for girls.

Homework will be sent home every Friday to be returned by the following Thursday. This might include language, maths, spelling, tables or a craft activity. If the homework is research please do not send in reams of internet pages, instead ask the children to skim and to take out key information that is relevant. Reading regularly at home is essential for your child to progress through the reading scheme and to become independent and confident readers. I always encourage the children to read little and often so a few pages or a chapter every day would help them move on. Please question your child on the story, their favourite characters and why, what do they think will happen etc. We will endeavour to listen to each child read at least once a week and will always ensure books are changed.

Spelling tests will be every Friday. Please help your child learn their spellings for the tests in order for them to know and apply these words to their work. Times  tables tests will be on Thursdays.

Failure to complete homework on time will result in a detention. After three detentions a letter home will inform you of this.

 

Classdojo is up and running so if you haven’t signed up to it yet please do so. Information and photographs will be uploaded regularly so you can keep up to date with us. Please don’t hesitate to contact me on Classdojo if there is a problem or you need to find something out. I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can. Don’t forget to check Twitter often too.

Please come and see me if there is a problem.

Many thanks,

Mrs Havard & Mrs Richards