Welcome to Meerkats
Dear Parent and Carers,
Welcome back to the new school year! I hope you have had a fantastic summer (despite the rain) and that your children are ready for an enjoyable time in years 4 and 5.
Our first topic this term is ‘Dinosaurs and Fossils: A Jurassic Journey.’ Over the next 12 weeks, the children will find out about the terrible lizards that ruled the Earth over 65 million years ago, learning about the importance of fossils, how they are created and what they can tell us about dinosaurs. For more details, please feel free to have a look at the topic web attached.
This year, I will be teaching the class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with Mrs Hill taking the class for the remaining Wednesday. Even though we were sad to lose Miss Brown over the summer holidays, we are delighted to welcome the assistance of Mrs Bell, a fantastic addition to our team who will be based in our class every day.
This term, PE will take place on Monday and Friday afternoons. It is your child’s responsibility to ensure that their named PE kit is kept in school throughout the week (as additional lessons may take place) and taken home at weekends to be washed. If your child does not have their PE kit in school, they may have to use PE kits provided for them to ensure that they are complying with statutory requirements. In addition, children in both years 4 and 5 will take part in swimming lessons in Abingdon on Thursdays for a 10-week period, commencing on the 21st of September.
Children should not wear jewellery in school, apart from stud earrings (which we advise should not be worn on PE days) and watches.
Homework for the class will be set on a Wednesday, to be returned the following Tuesday, unless specified otherwise. In addition, the class will also receive speed maths sheets every Wednesday to encourage your child to continue practising their times tables, division and common number facts (including number bonds and basic additions and subtractions) at home. It is important to note that these sheets will help prepare your child for a weekly speed maths challenge that will take place in class. These challenges will be used to track your child’s individual progress and will not be treated as a test.
Every Friday, your child will also be required to complete a spelling homework, helping them recognise patterns and retain those tricky spellings that can then be used to aid their written work. Spelling homework will be due the following Thursday.
In addition, it is essential that you listen to your child read 4-5 times a week, recording comments as appropriate in their reading record. When your child has finished reading a book, they should bring it back into school and exchange it for another book, ensuring that an adult in school has recorded it in their reading record.
Finally, if you have any queries at any time, do not hesitate to contact the office to organise a convenient time to meet. I will be available to answer any immediate questions on the 25th September during the class meeting after school – please be aware that the meeting is optional and you are not obliged to attend. Thank you for your support and here’s to a great year! Kind regards,
Homework & Speed Maths sheets: Due – every Tuesday and set every Wednesday.
Spelling homework – Due every Thursday and set every Friday
P.E days – Monday and Friday
Swimming – Starts Thursday the 21st of September for 10 weeks
Class open meeting – 25th September