|Welcome to Durnford Class!|
|Hello and welcome to Durnford Class!
We are really looking forward to teaching you all and have lots of fun topics and activities planned for you to enjoy. This term, our class topic is Rainforests and our Science topic is Animals and Humans. Our teaching team this year is made up of: myself, Mrs Conduit; our class TA, Mrs Sims and we also have Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Gin working with us too.
Our long term map informs you of the areas we will focus on in each subject area each term. The link to this can be found below this letter.
The class web page is a great place to come if you forget what day homework is due and to remind yourselves when spelling tests and tables tests are. (A separate letter will be sent out about times tables once all assessments have been completed.) It also reminds you what day PE is. We have a class reading spine- a list of books which we think are great to read in Year 4, either independently or with an adult, which can also be found further down our webpage.
The children have all been given a reading record where they can record when they read in school and at home. In year 4, the children are all free readers. This means that children can choose their own book, at the appropriate level. This can be either something from the class bookcase or something from home. Homework will begin next week.
We look forward to a great year; if there are any enquiries or you wish to have a chat about something, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can arrange an appointment.
Mrs Conduit 🙂
Long term planning overview. This will show you what we are covering in the Year 4 curriculum each term across the school year.
Year 4 Reading spine
Worship theme: This term we are focusing on thankfulness. We will think about what thankfulness means and reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. We will listen to stories from the bible as well as hearing inspiring stories about people in everyday life.
Durnford’s Class Rules
We have talked about the rules that we think we should have in our classroom and have come up with these ideas!
Remember to put your hand up if you would like to say something.
Do not run in the classroom or rock on your chair.
Be kind to each other.
Respect teachers and each other.
Remember to use good manners.
Avoid shouting out across the classroom.
Line up quietly and avoid pushing.
Durnford’s E-Safety Rules!
We have discussed how to keep safe online and have come up with these rules that we think everyone should follow:
Be kind to other people on the internet
If someone is unkind, block them.
If you are unsure, ask an adult.
Keep your personal details personal.
Do not talk to people you don’t know.
If something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult.
Never send your location to strangers.
Change your passwords if you think you have been hacked.
Always be careful.
Play with people you know.
Click on Hector the dolphin if you see something on a school computer you don’t like.
Treat all equipment at school with respect.
Don’t believe everything you see on the internet.
Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your name, email, phone number, home address, or school name – to people who you don’t trust online…
Meeting:Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present…
Accepting: Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!…
Reliable: Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be reliable…
Telling: Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the police at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The children will need to bring in PE kit (including trainers please) on a Wednesday and on a Thursday. They are now back to changing in school. Please can children ensure they are wearing proper school kit of blue or black shorts, yellow school t-shirt and green hooded jumper and in colder weather, school tracksuit bottoms or plain black ones. When the weather gets wetter, please bring in a carrier bag for muddy trainers to avoid kit getting wet and dirty.
Homework in Durnford
Literacy homework is set on Monday and is due in on a Wednesday.
Numeracy homework is set on a Wednesday and is due in on a Friday.
Spelling test: Friday. The children are given seven or eight spellings. New spellings will be given out the same day as the test. Five of these spellings are linked to the spelling pattern looked at that week; the other three are words from the new curriculum lists as statutory for that year group to learn by the end of the year. These are stuck into spelling practice books so they can be practiced at home and the children also practice these in school, linking it to handwriting.
Tables test: Test on a Wednesday the children will be told which times table they are currently to work on, this is on an individual basis. Once children score 10 out of 10 two weeks in a row, they will move on to the next times table. They then move to mixed tables with division when they have learnt up to 12×12.
Sometimes there may be other projects or science homework set.
Homework diaries: These need to be handed in with the homework, signed by a parent please to show you have seen the children’s homework and for any other messages. These must be brought into school the day that homework is set so that the children can write down the task. It is the children’s responsibility to keep these safe and to copy the homework down correctly- it is always written on the board and explained.
Reading records: These must be brought in to school every day as children may be heard read by an adult and we like to write a comment in the diary. They must get into the habit of bringing them into class each morning. The children can write down the page number they have reached when reading to themselves. Please do try to hear your child read aloud regularly too as it is really good practice for them, even if they are really fluent readers. They can choose books from the school library, classroom or from home.
Always listen to other8) Respect each other’s differences.
9) No running in class.
10) Be happy and have fun-always t