Welcome to Hawks class!
I (Mrs Keates) am you class teacher, and Mrs Moore is the Hawks’ class TA (teaching assistant).
Please continue to read as much as possible with your child. As a school, the expectation is that they read three times a week with an adult. We aim to listen to every child read at least once a week. This could be in a one-to-one session, in a guided group or within our whole class reading sessions. Regular reading is a national focus in primary and secondary schools and we have already seen the benefits in school in the children’s comprehension and writing skills. The reading and writing expectations for each year group have risen significantly over the last few years, so by encouraging your child to develop a love of reading, you are giving them the best possible foundations to go on and achieve well. We are currently restricting the number of adults in school so are therefore not permitting volunteers at this stage. Should this change, we will let you know and will welcome any additional help with reading in school.
All the maths that the children will be doing in Year 4 and 5 will rely on them having a sound knowledge and recall of multiplication and division facts. It is a national expectation that children know all of these up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. Children should be regularly playing on interactive times tables games such as Times Tables Rockstars, Hit the Button and the games on Purple Mash to improve their recall speed and accuracy. The year 4s will take the Multiplication Tables Check in June this year, so we will be hoping to prepare them for this so that they are happy and confident to tackle it.
Homework will usually consist of spelling and activities linked to their mental maths target. We would like to emphasise that the children will have a spelling list and a mental maths focus each week and these will be given to the children, the spellings will also be saved on the website pages for each class. The children will be tested on their spellings and mental maths target each week. The children are expected to learn / practise their spellings and mental maths target with support at home. The children have access to Spelling Shed, PurpleMash and Times Table Rockstars to support them in these targets at home. There are other websites which may be useful. Feel free to use any websites, apps and games that could support their progress. We will be trialling the use of ClassDojo to set homework in Hawks later this term.
Please ensure that your child wears their PE kit on their PE day. As we are heading into the colder weather, we would like to remind you that they need the following:
Indoor PE – white short sleeved shirt; black shorts.
Outdoor PE – as above or black/navy/grey tracksuit bottoms and a warm black/navy/grey sweatshirt and trainers.
Our PE lessons will be outside this term, so the children should be dressed accordingly.
Curriculum letters are available to download below at the beginning of each term. These include key dates for your diary for each term.
If you have any queries or anything you need to clarify, please message me on Class Dojo or arrange an appointment via the school office.
Thank you for your continued support,
Stuck with what to read? Take a look at the link below for some book ideas which are suitable for your year group.
Reading prompts/questions can be accessed using the link below.