Year 4 (King-Smith) 2023 - 2024

Mr Flaherty

Welcome to the King-Smith class page!

Welcome to the King-Smith class page! We are a wonderful bunch of Year 4 children. Here you will find important information about our class.

 

Mr Flaherty is the class teacher. Mrs Sheen (HLTA) will teach our class on Monday and Friday afternoon. We are also very fortunate to have Mrs Charlish supporting us during the week.

 

Curriculum Overview – Spring Term

In English this half-term our class text will be ‘Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne. The children are already enjoying work linked to this text.

 

In Maths we will be developing our understanding of formal methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication and division.

 

Our Science unit is ‘Environment and Sustainability'

 

Our Geography topic later in the term  is ‘Where Our Food Comes From’

 

Our History topic this term will be 'The Romans'

 

We will also have a weekly French lesson.

 

As part of our music curriculum, we will be having weekly Ukulele lessons on a Friday. How exciting! Ukuleles will be provided by school.  

 

Reading

Listening to your child read aloud at home is really beneficial, so your support is greatly appreciated. Reading aloud on a regular basis supports both your child’s reading fluency and expression. We encourage children to read a range of genres, but also to read texts which they find interesting. Your child will also have the opportunity to bring Big Cat books home, which include both fiction and non-fiction, as well as poetry. Please record any reading your child does at home on the BoomReader app. When your child finishes their book, they will complete a quiz on it in school on Accelerated Reader. This will assess their understanding of the text.

To further support your child's comprehension skills, please ask a range of questions. These can be found on your child’s bookmark. Bookmarks should be kept with your child’s reading books.

PE

PE is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.  The children are to come in their PE kit. Please ensure that all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Long hair should be tied back for lessons. Jewellery should not be worn in school. This is especially important for PE.

Water bottles, snack and school bags

Children are permitted to bring water bottles into school.  Please ensure that bottles are taken home on a daily basis for washing and are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack in to eat during their morning break. As we have children with nut allergies in school, please ensure that snacks from home are nut free. 

Children need to bring in their black school bags, reading book and green diary each day. 

Homework

Homework this term will focus on the three core areas of: reading, times tables practice and spellings.

  • Spellings: I have sent home an overview of the spellings for the half term. Please practise these each week with your child. You may also wish to look ahead at future spellings to support them further. The spellings patterns follow those we are learning in school.
  • Reading: Children are expected to read a minimum of five times at home. Please record these reads on Boomreader - thank you to those of you who have already done this - I have loved seeind the children's enthusiasm for reading!
  • Times Tables: TT Rock Stars allows your child to test their times table ability against the clock in studio mode or practice following this week’s teacher set activity. The teacher set activity will set a different combination of times tables to focus on building your child's confidence and ability in time for the Times Tables test at the end of the year.  You can log in via https://ttrockstars.com/ or by downloading the app. Login details were sent home, but please contact me if you need these again.

 

Should your child have any questions/queries regarding their homework tasks, please encourage them to ask so that additional help and support can be given.

 

Contact

Please feel free to contact me via my school e-mail: tflaherty@tarvinprimary.school

Alternatively, you can contact me via the school office at the end of the day (01829 740399).

Kind regards,

Mr Flaherty

 

 

 

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