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week commencing 4th December 2017

Class 4 Giraffes
For week beginning: 3rd December 2017

Does anyone have Michael Murpugo's book 'Coming Home' that I could borrow next week?  I'd be ever so grateful!

PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD'S HAIR FOR HEAD LICE. If everybody does it, it makes a difference.

We have been concentrating on the British Values of Respect, Responsibility, Law, Liberty, Democracy and Tolerance, using them in real life situations all the time. 

Please feel free to pop in any time after school if you want a chat or I can plan a specific appointment time if necessary.  My email address, should you need it, is

I am also pleased to say we have one parent helping me hear the children read which is a blessing.  If you would like to help in the class with reading or even displays, photocopying, collating, and other jobs that I often have on the go, please come and see me!  It doesn't have to be regular but an hour here or there if you are free would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


1. Homework - Learning journal activity, hand in on Tuesdays.  MA book, hand in on Thursdays.  Spellings (week 11 to be learnt this week for test on Friday 1 December. Please write in the planner when you hear your child read EVERY DAY. Only half the class are being heard read.  Thank you to those who are reading this! 

2.  Miss Limbu finished Placement 1 with us on Friday and will return to teaching Y4 in the summer.  She will be doing an extended research project in school after Christmas so you may well see her but she won't be teaching.

3. PLEASE HEAR YOUR CHILD READ EVERY DAY, IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  Times tables are also vital for that rapid recall that speeds up their calculations.  Please help your child memorise ALL the times tables. Times Table Rockstars are now up and running, and your child will know that their login details are stuck in the front cover of their planner.


Assessments this week with two papers followed by checking silly mistakes and begining a new unit on fractions.

Learning all the times tables and division tables is absolutely crucial now, please help your child, it makes an incredible difference to their confidence as well as learning.

Details of the maths learning journey are on the 'how to help your child at home' section. Times Table Rockstars are now up and running, I hope you are helping your child access this excellent resource.


This week reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation assessments.  We will then use a short film called 'Coming Home' to help us write a variety of sentence openers, figurative and emotional language.

We are continuing the Year 4 spelling programme which is going well and concentrate on spellings in every piece of writing. We will be continuing handwriting practice as it is very important their wonderful joined up handwriting continues to improve as their style develops. Hopefully those children who always write neatly with joined up handwriting will be eligible for a pen licence.  Daily reading is expected, please write to confirm you have heard your child read in their planner (I am happy if they write in it). House points are given daily to those who have confirmed reading in their planners. 


What a wonderful Roman feast!  Thank you all for the contributions of food, there was plenty to share - which then gave us plenty of opportunities to show how to share food!  Because of assessments this week, there may not much Geography or History this week although we will be evaluating the amazing Roman footwear completed last week.


Assessments this week.


Our question for this term is "What is the Trinity?"  We have built on what we learnt in Year 3 and are 'digging deeper' with our learning about the Trinity.  We have started asking a lot of questions and I have arranged for Rev'd Hugh to come in and help us answer the questions we have about the Trinity.


We will be doing some Cross Country running and invasion games.  Please make sure you have full PE kit - no PE kit, no PE.  No trainers, no Mile Run. This is often due to children going home with their PE kit on after a club - please encourage your child to change back into their school uniform after a club and leave their PE kit on their peg.  They are responsible for it.



This will be led by Mrs Mileham on Tuesday morning while I have specific planned time for planning, preparation and assessment.


This week we will be learning more about how to say where you live. We will also recap on previous learning, especially numbers to 20.


1.  Reading - every day.  Don't forget to ensure the planner is written in - otherwise I will presume you are not hearing your child read.

2.  MA - one page.

3.  Learning Journal - see the information in the actual book.  It outlines the variety of homework pieces your child can choose from to do once a week.

4.  Spellings - see their planners.

5. Multiplication tables. It will be like Year 3, a column to complete every day.  We are practising our tables every day although they need to be learnt well enough to be repeated quickly and accurately.  It makes a phenominal difference to their maths understanding if they know their times tables.  Times Tables Rockstars are up and running so could be used instead.  The children have been shown how to get a new sheet themselves so that they are responsible for their time tables homework.  So far, it's working really well for those who are keen to excell in their times tables.

Design Technology

Evaluations this week.  Some Roman footwear will be displayed, some will be coming home.


Our topic this term is health and well being.  We are learning to reflect on our strengths and celebrate our achievements, as well as those of others.