Welcome back to everyone, I hope you all had a lovely summer. A special welcome to Finley and Scarlett who have just joined the school. It’s hard to imagine where the time has gone, but here we are at the start of new school year. We’ve got a busy term ahead, getting back into our routines. There are some changes this year. We were extremely sorry to say goodbye to Mrs Barnes – she has left us to train as a qualified teacher, which we know she’ll do brilliantly! Class 4 is now lucky to be supported by Mrs Davies and Mrs May, who will work alongside me Monday to Thursday. Mrs May will then take the class on Fridays.

There are few changes to our timetable this year. PE lessons will be on Monday and Wednesday. In addition, we are planning on running a daily mile. To avoid interruption to the rest of the curriculum, we will aim to leave our desks, change our shoes, run for 10 minutes and then be back our desks ready to carry on. This means that suitable footwear needs to be in school every day.

We are also changing the day we do Forest School to a Thursday. Please do remember that we need suitable clothing and a change of footwear is vital. The weather is unpredictable, so waterproof coats are a must. As the temperature drops, we will need thick socks, hats and gloves too.

Homework will usually be given out on Wednesdays and will be due in the following Monday. This will usually be a spelling/grammar activity. There is the expectation that all children in Class 4 know their times tables up to 12 and can recall them in any order in 5 seconds. This is obviously really challenging for some children. Constant practice at home is vital; just asking for an answer to odd times tables as well as practising the whole set is incredibly helpful.

Our topic this term is Crime and Punishment through the ages. Hopefully, this will be a fun and inspiring concept that will help secure our chronological knowledge of different periods in time. We will cover the full range of maths objectives this term, revisiting them each term and taking our learning to the next stage. In Literacy we will produce a range of text types and the children will all take part in a weekly guided reading session. This will involve a follow up activity to be done at home. Your child may need your support with this.

In addition to work being done in class or sent home, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you feel your child needs extra support with a particular area. In those situations, if we work together as team we can get the best results for the child.

The first date for your diary is 24th September, when KS2 children take part in the annual cross country race at Millichope Hall. We will be back there later in the term to enjoy a very special Forest School session. Finally, I’d like to say well done to everyone in the class – they have already made a great start to the term, settling back into school life really quickly.

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