It's great to be back in the classroom altogether again, and we have certainly hit the ground running in Year 4 this term!
We are excited to see the progress we know the children can make throughout the year!
Here are a few key reminders for Year 4:
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We will be setting weekly Maths homework using the online programme 'MyMaths'. Log on details are in children's reading records. A new activity will be set each Friday to be completed for the following Friday. This will be linked to the learning we have been doing in class during the week. Where applicable, some Maths homework will be sent home in hard copy for your child.
Times tables Rockstars
Being able to apply times tables accurately and quickly is fundamental, especially in Year 4 due to the times table test towards the end of the year. To support children with their times tables, we would like them to be practising their times tables at least 3 times a week if possible. Log on details are in reading diaries. Rock on Year 4!
We follow the Spellzoo spelling scheme in Year 4, which covers all of the Common Exception Words and spelling patterns children need to know by the end of Lower Key Stage 2. We will hand out new spellings each Friday, and the children will complete their test the following Friday. If children misplace their spellings, they can request a further copy during the week from their class teacher.
We are expecting all children to be reading for at least 20 minutes each day. They should also be using their reading diaries and bringing them into school daily. Children can access the Accelerated Reading scheme to quiz at home on the link below.
Email Communication Statement
As a school we recognise the value of providing email addresses for parents to communicate non-urgent issues with members of staff - especially this year where face to face contact is rare. At Thomas Jolyffe teachers are free to check their emails as they wish in order to fit to their own preferred work pattern but are not expected to check while they are teaching, while they are at home, or at weekends - so response times may vary. We believe that up to 48 working hours is a reasonable length of time to receive a considered reply. However, children who are self isolating or quarantining will be given priority. Urgent matters are best discussed via the school office, who will ensure the message is delivered as quickly as possible.
As with all messages, the meaning and tone may vary depending on who is reading it. Please consider this before choosing to email any member of staff. We would also encourage all parents to consider information sent to teachers regarding other children very carefully as this can be requested by other parents under the rules governing GDPR.