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Ms Alison Ling

Ms Alison Ling

Year 4
Deputy Headteacher. Year 3/4 leader. In charge of safeguarding. English co-ordinator.
Mrs Jenny Smith

Mrs Jenny Smith

Year 4
Member of the senior leadership team. Curriculum leader.
Mrs Danielle Lomas

Mrs Danielle Lomas

Year 4
Currently Year 4 Class teacher.
Mrs Sarah Walker

Mrs Sarah Walker

Year 4
Art co-ordinator.

10th January 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to a new term. We would like to thank you and your children for the lovely cards and gifts we received at Christmas time, they were very much appreciated. Sadly, Mrs Smith is not yet well enough to be in school, but fortunately Mrs Walker continues to cover these days with their class, whilst Mrs Jenni Hall will be covering Ms. Ling’s planning and management time in liaison with Mrs Walker. Mrs Smith & Mrs Walker’s class will be taking part in the Arts Award this term.

This Term our main topic is “Attack & Defence” which is a history based topic. In addition, in English we will be following a Dragon theme.

Frequently parents ask us how they can help their child further. Recent assessments suggest that a number of children would benefit from practising telling the time and using a dictionary – and if you have time to do further work on this at home that would be helpful. Above all it is important that children get into a clear homework routine. Please find other suggestions and reminders below.

Reading
Our aim is to nurture a genuine love of reading and continue to build your child’s confidence and enthusiasm. Although in the Lower Juniors we continue to provide a structured reading scheme where necessary, we encourage the children to both read and listen to a wide range of additional books – both fiction and non-fiction. Again, you can really help by having an established reading time at home – possibly as part of your child’s bedtime routine – and encouraging your child to read and discuss his/her book with you. It remains invaluable for them to regularly read aloud to you as well as listen to stories / poems being read to them – whatever your child may tell you to the contrary!
Whereas in the Infants, the Reading Log is something which parents complete, in our classes, the children gradually take on responsibility for this in their Reading Journal. On the inside cover of the journal there are instructions on how this can be completed. It is important that the Reading Journal, together with their book is brought into school daily.

Spelling
Every week the children should bring home spellings to be practised and learnt for the following week. Your child will need to practise the look, say, cover, write and check method several times in the week to make sure the spellings have been learnt. For some children an alternative list of spellings has been arranged based on intervention work. These will need to be practised at home and in school and will be tested individually and it is vital that these are learnt thoroughly to ensure your child can quickly move on to the Year 4 Spelling Lists. It is important that the children can read the words accurately, understand their meaning and use them in context.

Mathematics
Mathematics homework is also set weekly to be returned on the same day the following week. It usually consists of number bond practice or maths sheets to support specific work being done in class lessons. We will test progress and give the children feedback and targets to guide their progress. Quick recall of the basic facts underpins the development of mathematical knowledge and skills.

PE
Your child’s P.E. Sessions continue to be held on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Children need to keep a PE kit at school (dark shorts, white T-shirt, plimsolls & spare socks please) It is also useful if they have outdoor trainers and either a track suit or jogging bottoms and sweatshirt for use in cold weather. Again, please ensure that all belongings are clearly labelled so that we can keep child and their belongings together!

Snacks
Please provide your child with a water bottle which is marked with their name. In addition, the Junior children bring in their own fruit snack, which they eat at 10.45 a.m. after morning break. It will be really appreciated if this is an “easy to eat” snack e.g. a small apple, a pre-peeled orange or a handful of grapes! Please label any reusable containers so that we can make sure they get back to you.

Hair
Please be advised that cases of headlice have been reported so it is adviseable for long hair to be tied back. We would also ask that the children do not wear the very large bows which seem to have become very popular recently- as they are very distracting for many of them. Thank you.

Dates for your diary:

Safety Week 8th – 12th February, including E-safety & Road Safety
World Book Day – 2nd March
Parents’ Evenings – Tuesday 7th March & Thursday 9th March
Diversity Week 7th – 11th March

Please do not hesitate to contact us if necessary – it is always better to share any information / concerns sooner, rather than later. We are always happy to meet with you at a mutually convenient time.

In addition, you may need “a quick word” at the beginning or end of the day. Mrs Tomlinson, our dedicated Teaching Assistant, is also available in our “Middle Area” at these times to offer advice and support.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Welcome to Year 4 – Autumn 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 4! We hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable summer break and that the children are refreshed and ready for the new school year.

This term we have our Parents’ Evenings on Tuesday 11th October and Thursday 13th October. However, no doubt we will have met with many of you informally before then. We have set playground duty days, which means you can usually find us in the main playground at the beginning or end of the day as follows:

Wednesday – Mrs Smith
Thursday – Ms. Ling & Mrs Walker

In addition, you may need “a quick word” at the beginning or end of the day, either with ourselves or with Mrs Tomlinson, our main Teaching Assistant – obviously for a detailed discussion we need to arrange a suitable time to meet or telephone.

Hopefully much of what you need to know will be found here!

This term, our first topic will be “Where does your lunch come from?” and our class Reader is Matilda by Roald Dahl. We are also planning a trip to Buxton Opera House to see the Horrible Histories Show later this month – a separate letter will follow.

The children’s PE sessions, led by Mr Hill, will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school, including jogging bottoms for the colder weather. We would also really appreciate you making sure that all PE kit, as well as uniform, coats, hats, gloves and other personal belongings are clearly named. In addition, Juniors are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit from home, as well as a water bottle.

Reading
Our aim is to continue to build your child’s confidence and enthusiasm for reading. Although in the Lower Juniors we continue to operate a structured reading scheme, we encourage the children to both read and listen to a wide range of additional books – both fiction and non-fiction. Again, you can really help by having an established reading time at home – possibly as part of your child’s bedtime routine – and encouraging your child to read and discuss his/her book with you. It remains invaluable for them to regularly read aloud to you as well as listen to stories / poems being read to them.
Whereas in the Infants, the Reading Log is something which parents complete, in the Juniors the children will take on responsibility for this in their Reading Journal when they are ready. On the inside cover of the journal there are instructions on how this should be completed. It is important that the Reading Journal, together with their book is brought into school daily.

Spellings
Every Thursday, beginning next week, the children should bring home spellings to be practised and learnt for the following Thursday. Your child will need to practise the look, say, cover, write and check method several times in the week to make sure the spellings have been learnt. In addition your child may be asked to write sentences using the words in context.
For some children an alternative list of spellings may be arranged based on intervention work. These will need to be practised at home and in school and will be tested individually and it is vital that these are learnt thoroughly to ensure your child can quickly move on to the Year 3/4 Spelling Lists. It is important that the children can read the words accurately, understand their meaning and use them in context.

Mathematics
Mathematics homework is also set weekly on Thursdays, to be returned on the same day the following week. It usually consists of number bond practice or maths sheets to support specific work being done in school. We will test progress and give the children feedback and targets to guide their progress. Quick recall of the basic facts underpins the development of mathematical knowledge and skills.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. Ling, Mrs Smith and Mrs Walker