WELCOME TO MANTA RAY CLASS (YEAR 4)!
Welcome to Year 4! Our class teacher is Miss Lailey, Mrs White, Miss Yates and Miss Prescott are our Teaching Assistants and 1:1s!
Here you can find out important information about the class and what we are up to at the moment!
Our topic for the Spring term is 'Out of Africa', which will link with the work we do in Literacy, Science, Art, DT, Dance, Music and Geography. We will start by using maps to identify the world's continents before zooming in on the countries of Africa, and ultimately focusing on Kenya. How does Swanage compare to a similar-sized coastal town in Kenya? What habitats are found there? Which animal species live on the African savannah? What is like for a child living in Kenya? How much of our food is gown here? Would you like to visit on holiday? We will find out the answers to these questions and many more! See our topic map below for more information.
This term, our indoor PE lesson will be Dance on a Wednesday afternoon. We will be having a visiting tennis coach in to help develop our tennis skills on Friday afternoons. Please ensure you have suitable PE kit in school.
This is generally set on a Friday and due in the following Thursday. Typically, this will include a list of spellings to learn, a Maths and Literacy task and times tables to practise. If you have any difficulties with homework, please let Miss Lailey know before it is due in.
Maths homework will often be set on IXL Maths and will complement work done in class that week. Additionally, children will be asked to practise their times tables and core number facts. Using TimesTable RockStars, Studyzone.TV and Xtramath will help with this. There are links to these websites below. If children do not have access to a computer/ the internet, just let us know and we can make arrangements for them to complete the work in school. Maths homework will often be set on IXL Maths and will complement work done in class that week. Additionally, children will be asked to practise their times tables and core number facts. Using TimesTable RockStars, Studyzone.Tv and Xtramath will help with this. There are links to these websites below. If children do not have access to a computer/ the internet, just let us know and we can make arrangements for them to complete the work in school.
Reading regularly will help develop your vocabulary, improve your spelling and inspire your own written work. We read daily in school; as a class,through guided reading sessions and independently. Ideally, you should be reading daily at home but we recommend at least four times a week. As well as always having a school reading book on the go, it is good to read other materials too.
Every month, you will be given a 'Home Reading Bookmark' to record all the reading you do at home. This needs to be signed by an adult on each occasion and then given to Miss Lailey to check at the end of the week.
Code of Conduct
As a class, you considered what your rights and responsibilities are as a member of Swanage Primary School. You decided that you have the right to be safe, to be happy and to learn. However, you said that it is also the responsibility of everyone in the class to be kind and caring, try their hardest, never give up and treat others as they like to be treated themself. This Code of Conduct should be followed at all times to ensure that all the children in our class feel happy in school, are safe and are able to learn to the best of their ability.
Thank you to all of our Year 4 parents who have signed up to our Class Dojo. It is an excellent way of sharing information about what we have been doing in class each week and as a means of communication with you all on an individual basis. We hope that you also find it useful to keep track of your child's learning attitudes and behaviours. It is wonderful to see that across Key Stage Two we are having so many interactions with parents through Dojo: we know how difficult it is to speak to working parents face-to-face each week.
Our Victorians topic Autumn 2018
TAKE YOUR LEARNING FURTHER!
As you know, learning doesn't just happen in school so here are some suggestions about how to improve your knowledge and skills.
- IXL - remember to log in to this so it records your hard work! This site will improve your maths skills, just choose a section to work on and work your way up.
- Study Zone - this is a maths-based site that helps build those number bond, place value and calculation skills
- Bug Club - get on here for both reading and SPaG activities that are fun and develop many Literacy based skills
- Xtramath - you should have already had a sheet come home explaining how to get on to this site. It will help get your number knowledge quick and improve your confidence
If you have questions or difficulties getting onto these websites, please pop in and see us where we'll be happy to help!
My Mini Maths Times Tables link!
We would like to share a really useful times table resource with you (link below) to teach those
38 basic tables facts that will make all the difference when the children move onto
the more complex work in numeracy.
Children can use it at home as well as IXL to help practice those tricky timestables.
It is very important to be practising and encouraging times tables knowledge EVERY DAY as it is the bedrock of everything and needs to be a priority. Using this alongside Xtramath and TTRockstars should help children to meet the Y4 expectation of knowing all their facts.
Here is the link:
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