Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to a brand new year at Appleton Wiske Primary. We hope that you have had a fantastic and restful holiday with your children and that they are looking forward to a new and exciting year ahead full of hard work and fun.
Our topic in Class 2 for this half term is ‘The Egyptians’. Please see our Curriculum grid to find out what sort of fun and interesting things we will be learning about.
In English, we are continuing with Comprehension Bug. This involves a daily half an hour session where the children will complete independent activities to help them to develop comprehension skills. One of the sessions each week will be to share and discuss their answers with the teacher. In writing, we will be exploring a range of Fiction and Non-Fiction texts and the children will be planning and writing these types of texts. We will be basing lots of our writing on our topic, ‘The Egyptians’, but we will also be using Literacy Shed video clips and a range of texts to inspire our writing.
In Maths, we will be looking at place value of numbers, including 3 and 4 digit numbers and decimals. Year 4 will be learning to solve problems with Roman Numerals. We will be investigating patterns and sequences in numbers and then we will move on to learning calculation strategies for addition and subtraction and applying this to problem solving. The children will also be encouraged to practise their times tables regularly using games, activities and computer programs. The expectation is that pupils should be able to recall all times tables facts up to 12x by the end of Year 4.
Please ensure that your child reads as much as possible at home in order to help them to progress with their reading. When you hear your child read please could you discuss the characters, events and stories, for fiction books, and check understanding of information for non-fiction books. We would be very grateful if you could sign the reading record on each day that your child has read at home and add any helpful comments. Also, if your child has read on their own, they can make their own reflective comments in their planner. We are continuing with the reading reward scheme this year. If your child reads 80 times in total they will receive a bookmark and if they read 100 times in total they will receive a book!
P.E. days in Class 2 are going to be Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child continues to come in to school in their P.E. kit on those days. Girls will need to have a soft bobble to tie their hair up for P.E. If your child wears earrings, please could you ensure that they are able to take them out themselves for P.E.
Homework will be given out to the children on a Friday and needs to be handed in completed by the following Thursday.
Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and must be practised ready for our spelling challenge on the following Friday.
We are really looking forward to our new year together in Class 2! Many thanks for all of your continued help and support. If you have any queries or concerns please contact us.
Mrs Atkinson and Mrs Guyll