Welcome to Dosbarth 4's Class Page
9th April, 2018
I would like to welcome your child back to Class 4 (Year 4/5) and hope they enjoy their time in this class for the rest of the year.
This term we will be learning about ‘Staying Alive’, focusing on the science behind teeth and bones, we will also be focusing on Africa looking at the landscape, culture and day to day life. Through the topic we will be developing a range of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills through engaging and stimulating activities.
Homework / Spellings / Home-school reading
As a school we believe homework plays an integral part in the academic development of children whilst also understanding how busy family life can be. Therefore, it is essential that we find the correct balance between completing work outside of the school day to reinforce concepts taught in school and the pupils having time to enjoy other interests and spend quality time with their families.
Like in previous years, the pupils will be grouped according to ability for their spelling sessions and may therefore be taught be another staff member in the school. This is to ensure that the pupils are working at the correct level and can therefore be sufficiently challenged whilst also receiving the necessary support.
Over the course of two weeks, the pupils will focus on a particular spelling rule along with their ability to spell key high frequency words. To help the pupils retain the spellings and rules they have been focusing on in school they will be asked to complete a ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ spelling sheet each week. One week will focus on the spelling rule and the other week will focus on the high frequency words.
The ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ sheet will be given to the pupils on the Friday and will need completing by the following Wednesday. The idea is for the children to complete the sheet over the course of 4 days.
At different points during the term the pupils will be given short assessments on the spelling rules and high frequency words to help the teachers assess their understanding and progress. There will be no need to revise for these assessments.
The pupils will again be taking part in guided reading sessions during the school week where they will be grouped with pupils of similar ability within their class. The pupils will read each week with either the Class Teacher or Teaching Assistant, where they will focus on a particular skill. They will then complete independent activities following on from that session where they will demonstrate their understanding of the skill.
The pupils will be asked to read with either myself, Mrs Chamber or a parent helper. The pupils will then read a set number of pages with an adult at home, who will then sign their reading record and comment on their child’s reading. Please ensure your child brings their reading book to school each day so that we can read regularly.
At different points in the term the pupils will read the home-school reading book with their class teacher to ensure they are reading the correct level of books.
MyMaths Online Programme
We will once again be utilising the MyMaths online resource. The pupils will be given a MyMaths task every two weeks. The task will be set on a Friday and asked to be complete it by the following Friday. The programme will support the pupils understanding in class whilst also providing a homework task to reinforce the concepts taught that week. If for any reason the task hasn’t been completed the class teacher will ask the pupil to complete during school time to ensure they are having the opportunity to reinforce the skill like all other pupils.
The task will automatically be marked and pupils and parents will obtain instant feedback on their answers. This will also be viewed by their class teacher who then be able to gauge if more work on specific concepts is required.
Class 4 will be having a PE lesson on a Friday afternoon. The pupils will be taking part in Outdoor Athletics sessions during this half-term. Initially the pupils will need their PE kit of black shorts, a plain white T-shirt and trainers. We suggest that the pupils bring their kit into school on a Monday and take it home on a Friday if it requires washing, this helps avoid children forgetting their kit which causes a lot of disruption.
I hope you have found this information within this booklet of use. If you have any questions regarding the content or any other concerns, then please do not hesitate to contact me.