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Welcome new Class 4!

 

It's so great to back to some kind of normality. In Class 4 we are excited about the term ahead and the children have made such a good start getting stuck into all the new routines and expectations.

 

Staffing

Mr Seaton is the class teacher in class 4 but, we are also very lucky to have Mrs Belton working closely with us throughout the term. This will be to support the children with their reading, writing and maths during the mornings from Monday to Thursday. Mr Seaton will teach the remaining foundation subjects in the afternoons except for Tuesday afternoons, when Mrs Belton will teach the class People Skills. 

 

Curriculum

The history topic for this term is Anglo Saxons and Scots. Various parts of the geography curriculum will also be covered during our work on Saxons. In science children will be learning about electricity and making electrical circuits. PE this term will be in the form of weekly swimming lessons at Carlton forum on Friday afternoons. In music children will be learning about rhythm and some musical notation. People Skills lessons will focus on friendships. In RE children will be learning about the journey of life through the context of various religions. 

 

PE/ Swimming kit

Swimming takes place on Friday afternoons, and once swimming has concluded, children will go back to weekly PE lessons on Fridays. Children should wear their swimming costumes underneath their PE kits on Fridays for ease of changing and due to restrictions during covid. Once swimming sessions have finished children should still come to school on Fridays dressed in their PE kits. We will be starting French this term and learning basic vocabulary and greetings. 

 

Homework

Spellings  - Weekly spellings will be handed out on Fridays and will be tested the following Friday. Through out the week children will have multiple opportunities to practice these in school in the form of wordsearches, handwriting, mnemonics and spelling scribbles.

 

Times tables  - Children were given a base line assessment the first week of term and have been told their times tables targets. They must learn and complete (24 out of 24) their tables in the following order before moving onto an ordered and then mixed grid: 2,5,10,3,4,8, 6,7,9,11,12

 

Reading - There is an expectation that children read four times a week in order to make good reading progress. Reading books will be handed out on Mondays and must be returned on Thursday (to allow time for teachers to distribute new books in line with Covid secure procedures). Children will be allocated books on book club and reminded of their Bug Club password once the term is underway.

 

Once the term is fully underway children may be sent home other homework to consolidate their learning in reading, writing, maths as well as looking into our Anglo Saxons topic.

 

Behaviour

The good to be green system will continue to be used across the school. Children start the day on green, and will have multiple opportunities throughout the day to earn a gold card for effort, attitude, kindness, helpfulness etc. Platinum cards will be awarded for instances of children going truly above and beyond in a certain area. Yellow cards serve as a warning and red cards will be given if children continue to not adhere to some area of the expected behaviour around school. In class 4, when children receive a gold card their name is written on a raffle ticket giving them the chance to be draw as the prize box winner for the week. The draw takes place last thing on a Friday. 

 

If you have any queries or questions I am always here to help. If you need to contact me to discuss anything please contact me on the class 4 email address class4@stjohns-pri-notts.sch.uk. As you know unfortunately due to our safety precautions at this time I we won't be able to chat before or after school in the normal informal way, so emailing me or calling the school to arrange a telephone call back is the best way to get in touch. 

 

Yours sincerely

Mr Seaton