Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 4’s Autumn Term newsletter.
Enclosed you will find a copy of:
· The curriculum map for the term
· The homework grid for the topics we are covering
· Spelling rules for the term/year
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
4C Mrs Caulfield Class Teacher
4D Mrs DiBellonia Class Teacher
4F Miss Fisher Class Teacher
Miss Russell Learning Support Assistant
Miss McGinn TA for year group
Miss Horner TA for year group
If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please make an appointment at the school office, or for a brief, informal chat speak to the teacher at the playground at 3:20pm.
Attendance and Punctuality:
It is imperative that your child attends school punctually every day, unless they are ill. The school gates are open from 8.30am and the children are expected to line up in the junior playground at 8.45am. Children will then start learning straight away as teachers will have activities prepared. When dismissing the children at the end of the day, it is vital that your child shakes their teacher or teacher assistants hand and says the name of the adult who is collecting them. In the interest of your child's safety, we ask for your co-operation and support.
In order to encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school, it is expected that children come to school each day with healthy snacks and lunch. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL, it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts, including biscuits and chocolate. We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes and snacks are placed in your child’s lunch.
It is very important that your child comes to school each day in correct school uniform. Please note that children are not permitted to wear jumpers or pullovers which are not school uniform.
On days when we have PE, children are expected to come to school in full uniform and are given the opportunity to change before and after their PE sessions. Please note that jewellery (apart from simple stud earrings for girls) is not part of the uniform and therefore not permitted. Any inappropriate item of jewellery worn to school will be confiscated and kept in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the week when it will be sent home. For health and safety reasons, hard hair bobbles and beads are not permitted. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately every day.
If you require a copy of the school’s uniform policy, please ask at the office.
Please note that failure to comply to the Uniform Policy will result in your child missing their playtime and being sent to reflection.
Children will continue to receive ‘Dojos’ for outstanding work/behaviour. They are also awarded certificates for Outstanding Efforts in RE, English and Maths and Outstanding behaviour in class and outside on the playground. Exceptional behaviour may also result in a Headteacher’s Certificate in assembly.
Children should also be aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a warning before a negative dojo is issued. If a child receives 2 negatives in a session they will be sent for time out in another class for 5 / 10 minutes and if a child receives three negatives in a day they are placed on the 369 sheet and you will be informed. Children may also be sent to reflection if their behaviour does not improve.
In the playground the children are encouraged to win House Points by displaying good behaviour when playing games, eating sensibly, using good manners and helping other children. The House Points are counted at the end of the week and the winning house has an extra 10 minutes of playtime.
Wherever possible, class trips will be organised to assist in developing the children’s understanding of class topics. Some parental assistance will be required on outings, so if you are able to help in some way please let your child’s teacher know.
Thank you for the support and encouragement which you give at home with regard to the children’s school work. As you know it is important that this continues this year as the homework tasks consist of activities which reinforce the themes or units studied at school.
Children are expected to read every evening for at least 20 minutes. All children have a reading book (banded/free reader) which they have the opportunity to change as soon as they have finished it and a yellow Reading Record book. Please initial the Reading Record Book daily after your child has read. In year 4, we are encouraging the children to write their own comments and answer any questions that has been given to them. These are checked by the class teachers and children who have not completed their reading, will be sent to reading club at playtime.
Children may bring in a book for the class book corner or fruit to share with the class. Party bags are not allowed inside the school. It is the responsibility of parents to distribute party bags outside of class or in their own time outside of school ground.
I hope the children will enjoy their learning and very much look forward to seeing you this term.
The Year 4 team