Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

 

 

Class 4 Autumn Term 1 Newsletter 

Class 4 Autumn term 2017 Curriculum Pamphlet 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to Class 4 and your child’s final year at Heathwood.  We hope your son/daughter is pleased to be back at school and looking forward to the year ahead.  We’re very excited about this year and can’t wait to get started!

 

Staffing

As you know we will be teaching the class and will be sharing the week equally.  Initially, Mr Dicker will teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs Wright will teach Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.  In addition, Mrs Aspinwall, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Randall will also be supporting in class at various times.

 

How can you help your child at home?

Reading

Reading is a key and imperative skill that is continually developed.  In class we will aim to listen to your child read on a regular basis.  In addition, we would also ask that you hear your child read at home.  Just five or ten minutes a night would make a great contribution to your child’s reading ability and confidence.  All children would benefit from this and we strongly encourage you to spend this time, every night, with your child.  Please ensure you ask lots of questions to show that your child understands what they are reading and remember to make a note in their diary, with your signature.  In addition, if your child reads anything independently at home, please ensure they are recording this in their diary.  If you need any guidance or support with this, please come in and speak to us.

 

Homework

A major aspect of Year 4 is to develop many independent study skills.  To help develop this, the children are set regular homework which they are expected to complete and hand in.  The children are given dates when their homework is due in and are expected to meet these deadlines.  Each week the children will be set one piece of English/topic and one piece of Maths homework.  It is not expected that they need to spend more than half an hour on each piece.  The English/topic homework is set out in the form of a half term project and the details will follow shortly.  We will provide feedback on this homework each week.  The Maths homework this term will be a maths game for your child to play.  The games will be sent out every Thursday and must be returned the following Tuesday.  Maths games can increase children’s confidence in mental maths as well as consolidating mathematical concepts they are learning in class.  We hope the children will enjoy playing the games and we would greatly appreciate any feedback from you as parents.

Occasionally the children may be given additional homework based around other subjects that are being covered in class.  For example, the children may be asked to produce a project relating to the topic being covered or to bring in some information. We will send home information about such homework in plenty of time so that the children are aware of it.

 

The Learning Platform

Your child continues to have access to the Learning Platform.  We have some activities on there already for them to try and will continually update this as and when appropriate activities are available.  If you need any support with your child’s login, please ensure your child asks for their login details.

 

Topic and themes

Our first topic is “Around and About”.  This is a study of the local area and looks at the Science, History and Geography of Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding area.  We have arranged various trips and visits to support the children’s learning and further details will be provided.

To get us off to a stunning start on Monday 11th September, the children will be taking part in “The Great Dig”.  This will involve them digging down and looking at soils and rocks around our school and comparing different areas.  Please ensure your child has a change of clothes (old clothes) and wellingtons or old trainers on Monday for this activity.

 

PE

This half-term PE lessons will take place on Thursday afternoons.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times (black shorts, purple t-shirt & trainers - black tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt will be needed as the weather turns colder).  Swimming will commence on Monday 11th September 2017.  Please ensure your child has their swimming kit with them each Monday. 

 

School Trips

We thought it might be useful to share with you the trips we have planned for the year and approximate costings.

19th September 2017 - Quarry Visit £12

October 2017 - Historical Society £1

11th October 2017 - Bedford Faith Tour £8

Spring Term - Holdenby House £20

25th - 27th April - New Barn £180

Summer Term - Hazard Alley £17

 

Further information about these visits will be sent out accordingly.

 

If you have any queries or concerns about your child or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call in and speak to us.

 

Many thanks

 

Mrs Wright and Mr Dicker