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week commencing 18th December 2017

Class 4 Giraffes
For week beginning: 17th December 2017

Pantomime on Monday.  On Tuesday, could your child bring in a game to share with the other children? Thank you.

Thank you all for another brilliant term.  Your children are all amazing and I enjoy teaching them and learning with them very much.  I wish you all a very happy and merry Christmas, and look forward to seeing you all again and teaching your brilliant offspring in 2018!


Much love, Mrs Omer xx



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



1. Homework - Learning journal activity, hand in on Tuesdays.  MA book, hand in on Thursdays.  Spellings (selection of Y3 and 4 words to be learnt this week for test on Friday 15 December. Please write in the planner when you hear your child read EVERY DAY. Only half the class are being heard read at the best of times.  Thank you to those who are reading with your child - you are making a huge difference!

2.  Miss Limbu finished Placement 1 and 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 help your child learn their times tables, they are 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. I amm encouraging children to help themselves to the multiplication and division column sheets to help them learn a particular times table and for extra practice.  The TImes Table Rockstars are brilliant IF you know your times tables!  We do them daily, but every little bit helps.


We will continue our unit on fractions. The unit journey, detailing the finer points of fractions we will be covering, is online in the Parent's Letters section of the website.

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. I think I may have mentioned this already.

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


We will continue the Year 4 spelling programme next term 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. 


A final summing up of the Roman Empire.  'What did the Romans ever do for us?' I hear you ask....


Please join us from 1.50pm at St Marys Goudhurst for a Christmas Service, it will be wonderful and a beautiful way to start the holidays.


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.


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.

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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.