The Meerkat Class Newsletter
Mr Josh Clack (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Mrs Kate Hill (Wednesday)
Mrs Anna Bell
Mrs Matilda Miskin
Dear Parent and Carers,
Welcome back to a brand new term! I hope you have had a relaxing Easter and that you are feeling refreshed (even after devouring a number of chocolate eggs and completing those learning logs).
Once again, as we are presented with a new term, we get to introduce a new topic to the class! This term, we have a history topic based on the ancient Egyptians. Over the next 12 weeks, your children will try and solve the ‘Pharaoh’s Fate’, an ancient Egyptian mystery that threatens the life of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Can the class capture the villain who plots to kill the King? This topic will explore exciting topics such as mummification, Egyptian Gods, hieroglyphs and sailing boats down the River Nile. For more details, please feel free to have a look at the topic web attached.
As normal, I will be teaching the class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with Mrs Hill taking the class for the remaining Wednesday. We are also once again graced with the amazing support from Miss Miskin and Mrs Bell.
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. 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. While these sheets do not need to be handed in, it is important to note that they will help prepare your child for our class ‘Times Table Ladder Challenge’ every Tuesday morning. These challenges will be used to track your child’s individual progress and motivate them to learn their tables up to 12 x 12.
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. Alongside the usual homework, I will set the class spelling lists to practice using the Spelling Shed website. This website, as you have seen during the Easter break, has a number of games to practice spellings at your leisure. I strongly advise using this website regularly, as individuals who are aiming to achieve the ‘working at’ expected standard in literacy must be able to spell high frequency words, as well as the 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists consistently. Therefore, spelling is of great importance.
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, our annual year 3/4 residential is fast approaching, with the trip to Youlbury set for the 21st and 22nd of May. Please note that this trip is only for the year 4s of the class. If you have any queries regarding the trip, including those of a general nature, please do not hesitate to contact the office to organise a convenient time to meet. I understand that I have been setting a lot of work for the class, so once again I thank you for your support.
Homework: Due – every Tuesday and set every Wednesday
Spelling homework – Due every Thursday and set every Friday
P.E days – Monday and Friday
Youlbury Residential – 21st- 22nd May (Year 4 only)