Croeso i Blywddyn 4       Welcome to Year 4

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

Your teachers this year is Mrs Havard

Your teaching assistant is Mrs Tucker.

This year is going to be an exciting time for the children as we have some fascinating topics to cover. We start off with The Romans, moving onto Burps, Bottoms and Bile, followed by Eisteddfod and The Blue Abyss and finishing off the year with Potions. Amongst all of this we will be studying the history of Tre Uchaf as we celebrate its centenary before the end of the year.

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. We will be using numeracy across the curriculum to practise our skills even more. 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 Monday so a kit suitable for indoor and outdoor needs to be left in school with labelled items in a labelled bag.

Swimming is Autumn Term only. Please ensure swimming costumes, towels and goggles are sent in. Easy clothes to change from are ideal ie no tights for girls. This is on a Friday.

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. The new Reading Diaries that have been issued this week will help you with questioning, please use them regularly and write comments down that could inform me of progress or problems there may be. Your child will have the opportunity to do Guided Reading weekly where they will read with a teacher in a group situation. This will also be documented in the Reading Diaries. We will endeavour to listen to each child read at least once a week and will always ensure books are changed. Please let us know if you want extra books or if they are too hard. Bear in mind that the better readers aren’t the ones on the higher stages but the ones that can understand what they read and answer questions on the text. If I feel that the books are not suitable I will use additional books to broaden their reading in order to become competent readers.

We are starting a Talk Homework strategy from next week. This will be given out on Fridays and will be based on the current topic ie imagine you are a Roman soldier, talk about what life would be like for you. This is an opportunity for you to have conversations with your child over a week and to discuss issues that they are learning about. Research on the computer will help but the focus is more about talking ‘If they can say it, they can write it’. To improve the extended writing in the school, at the end of the following week the whole class will be writing about this topic in depth. Please support your child with this.

Spelling tests will start soon. Please help your child learn their spellings in order for them to know and apply these words to their work. Out of 20 words they may only be tested on 10, the focus will be on spelling strategies and patterns, not testing!

Failure to complete homework on time will result in a detention. A text will be sent home if your child is in detention for whatever reason. After three detentions a letter will be sent home from Mrs Davies.

This year we are teaching and training the children a new approach to their work called ‘Growth Mindset’ which entails always having a ‘can do’ attitude and a desire to always keep improving their work. To support us please adopt this attitude at home when something is difficult to do by trying again and again to improve and the children hopefully will have a new attitude to their work.

Please endeavour to get your child to school on time as being late can really upset their day. Also, good attendance is expected so please try and improve on last year’s attendance if possible.

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 at the beginning or end of the day if need be.

Many thanks,

Mrs Havard & Ms Walker & Mrs Tucker