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week commencing 6 November 2017

Class 4 Giraffes
For week beginning: 6th November 2017

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. 

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 a 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 8 to be learnt this week for test on Friday 10 November. 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 is back this week on her first placement with us at Goudhurst & Kildnown, a student teacher from Canterbury. She has been welcomed by us all, especially the children and I have a feeling she is going to be brilliant!

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 will be up and running asap.


This week we will be learning about multiplication with 1 and 2 digit numbers as well as solving word problems and reasoning. 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.


We will spend time this week on more research on the Roman army, together with facts that will help us understand why and how the Romans came to Britain and will be compiling newspaper reports. We have started 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. 


We will be investigating the Roman Invasion.


This term we will be studying physics, specifically Electricity.  We will be reviewing key information that we will need to complete the module as well as establishing what everybody already knows about electricity. We have had an introduction to Electricity and will be using circuit boards. We will also be drawing circuit diagrams.


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 investigating what the Gospels say about the Birth of Jesus - very interesting reading.


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 a Tuesday morning while I have specific planned time for planning, preparation and assessment. Ukuleles at the ready!


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


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 will be up and running soon.


Roman shields this week using different design and painting techniques.


Our topic this term is health and well being.  We have learnt about keeping ourselves clean and this week we will begin to reflect on our strengths and celebrate our achievements.