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week commencing 16 October 2017

Class 4 Giraffes
For week beginning: 15th October 2017


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.

Don't forget the Year 4 Talent Show is Thursday 19 October.  Please help your child prepare and rehearse a 1-2 minutes demonstration of one of their particular talents, writing information in their planner so I can prepare the running order. It was excellent in Year 3, I am expecting a wonderful selection of talents that our incredible children have to been shown off!


1. Homework - Learning journal activity, hand in on Tuesday.  MA book, hand in on Thursday.  Spellings (week 6 to be learnt this week for test on Friday 20 October. 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!  Two housepoints!

2. We welcome Miss Limbu 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. Assessments went well last week.  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.


This week we will be learning about multiplication. Learning all the times tables and division tables is absolutely crucial now, please help your child. 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 and Julius Caesar, together with facts that will help us understand why and how the Romans came to Britain. 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).


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.


We have already started trying to answer the question "What do Christians learn from the Creation story?". This week, we will continue to understand the connections between ourselves, our learning and the Bible text. Do come and look at our display which highlights the incredible thinking the children have been doing!


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 afternoon 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 introduce oneself and ask another for their name.


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.


Christmas card designs for families who wish to purchase printed versions.  Details on the school website.


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. As part of this, the children will be performing in our Talent Show on Thursday afternoon.  Please write what they are doing in their planners so I can create a running order. Thank you.