Welcome to a brand new year at James Brindley Community Primary School! A warm welcome to everyone and what an exciting start it has been! I have been so impressed with how the boys and girls in the new Year 4 class have returned to school. They have come back full of enthusiasm for their learning and with an added level of maturity both in their manner and the quality of their work. Well done!
Term 1 is a Geography-based topic across the school and we are focusing on Cities and Rivers - if you would like to conduct any research at home, then please feel free! In Mathematics, we will be primarily focusing on Number which will range from understanding the value of numbers to using the four different operations in different contexts. In English we are looking at a book called 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo.
Swimming is an important part of the curriculum and here at James Brindley we focus on swimming in Year 4. Therefore, the children will be attending swimming lessons every Thursday with Mrs Devney and Mrs Seddon. This will finish in February. The children have already had a stellar start to their swimming lessons with every student impressing the new coaches! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact myself, Mrs Seddon or Mrs Devney.
This term, P.E. will take place on Wednesdays. Please make sure both PE kits are in school at all times (indoor and outdoor) and that all items have your child's name in them. This term, the children are going to focus on Gymnastics and the school will be providing a specialist coach to help them improve their gymnastic skills. Whilst on the topic of sport, it would be pertinent to mention that Cross Country will be beginning again in the second week of term (week beginning 9th September) and this year the training will be on Thursday lunchtimes instead of Wednesday lunchtimes. We also have two upcoming races at the end of September and early October. More information along with the dates will be sent out over the coming weeks. I would like to take this opportunity (as the teacher in charge of Cross Country!) to encourage every child in my class this year to have a go at running at least one race as it is great for building resilience, confidence and character.
Homework will be given out on a weekly basis. It will usually include spellings (which the children can now access using Spelling Shed), four complex sentences for writing and of course maths, which we will have worked on that week in school. If you could also practise the times tables as much as possible that would be fantastic as we will be starting to test the children daily and the children will be assessed in June. They must be able to answer each multiplication up to x12 within 6 seconds. Along with Spelling Shed, we also have Times Table Rockstars or 'tt rockstars' as the children call it. This is another brilliant way of engaging the children with their learning. A timetable and homework expectations can be found below, please familiarise yourself with this information in order for us to ensure the finest of work is received before the homework deadline - Tuesday each week.
Please try to read at least 4 times a week with your children as it makes a huge difference to their learning! If you are able to ask them questions as you read with them this will also support their comprehension massively. To clarify right from the beginning of the year, children are allowed to read their own book every now and again, however, please make the school book a priority as it gives children the opportunity to access a wider range of texts and vocabulary.
I look forward to teaching this wonderful class this year and I am sure it will be another very successful year for all. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to me or make an appointment with Mrs Renshaw at Reception.
Thank you for your support and all of the effort you put in at home!
Dates for your diary:
Class Assemblies: 29/11/19