Marcham C of E Primary School

"Where Christian values are integral and learning is fun"


The Meerkat Class Newsletter 

  Class teachers

Mrs Lisa Lowe (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

Mrs Kate Hill (Wednesday)

Teaching Assistant

Miss L Tappin and Mrs M Lee


Welcome to Meerkats,


I’m excited and looking forward to teaching your child in year 4 this year. We have some exciting topics this year: Stone Age to Iron Age Britain, Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes and Ancient Egypt.



PE is timetabled for Thursday and Friday afternoons. At least one of those sessions will be outside so as the weather gets colder children will need warm clothing for PE, for example jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt.



To start the year homework will focus on reading and practising our times table facts.


Reading homework

As you may already know the school has a reading pledge so that we can, together, hit the target of reading for 20 minutes a day. I will read our class book or other material for 10 minutes each day (on many days there will be much more than 10 minutes as we read across each curriculum subject), and we ask that you commit to the other 10 minutes of reading with your child. It is vitally important that you listen to your child read for that 10 minutes. Your children are still developing their reading fluency and encountering new vocabulary and will need help with their pronunciation. I will send home a reading record for your child to keep a record of which books they have read and to note down their daily reading with a space for your signature.


Time tables homework

One of the ways to practise times tables is to use Times Table Rockstars (TTRS) and I will send home your child’s login as a reminder. Little and often is best so a small amount of time several times across a week is better than all on one day. I will set a small number of games that need to be completed each week as a minimum. If your child does not have access to a computer or you would prefer your child to practise ‘offline’, I will provide a paper based alternative. There are many other fun ways to practise table facts through games and songs as an alternative. The goal is that all year 4 children know all their table facts fluently up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. Being fluent in these facts supports success in mathematics to GCSE level and beyond.


Many thanks for your support

Lisa Lowe


Click Here - for a link to the PowerPoint from the class meeting on 27th September 2021 


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