Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

 

 Welcome to Class 4’s Web Page

 

Welcome to Class 4’s web page.  Here you should be able to find all the information you need, however if there is something we’ve missed please feel free to pop a note in your child’s diary and we will be sure to check them daily.

 

Staffing

Class teacher - Mr Waterhouse

Support Staff - Mrs Marsh, Mrs Wallace, Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Collins

We will also have some support during the week from our Language Provision Support team; Mrs Bisby and/or Miss Murphy

 

Class 4 Curriculum Overview

Our Topics this year 

 Autumn Term - Around and About

Spring Term - Step Back in Time

Summer Term - Inside and Out

 PE Days

We will be doing PE every Tuesday and Wednesday so please ensure PE kits are in school.

For outdoor PE you will need to make sure you have your outdoor PE kit in school, trainers, black jogging bottoms, your purple Heathwood top and a black jumper. We also recommend you bring a pair of socks so if we get wet and muddy then you don’t have to spend the rest of the day with soggy feet! 

For indoor PE you will need a pair of black shorts and your purple Heathwood top.

We complete our daily mile on the running track every day, therefore we ask that a pair of trainers be left in school at all times.

PE kit will need to go home every Friday to be washed.

  Reading

Please read with your child at least three times at home each week, we cannot stress the importance of this and the difference it truly makes. We encourage you to support your child’s reading by spending time listening to them read, reading to them, talking about what you have just read and, most importantly, enjoying reading! We want your child to love reading, so please enjoy reading books of their own choosing as well as those from the school reading scheme.

In class we aim to listen to your child read as often as possible and we encourage reading across the curriculum! I will hear all children read on a weekly basis during their Guided Reading session and I will also check children’s diaries and award house points for reading at home at this time (3 times per week = 10HP, more than 3 times = 20HP).

When you read with your child please record it in their diary, any reading can be recorded, not just their school book and they will be rewarded with house points, praise and stamps! Remember – children can take responsibility for recording their own reading in their diary (please can an adult sign or initial this off).

Due to COVID-19, reading books will only be allocated on Mondays and ALL books must be returned to School on Friday.

Spellings

We are continuing to develop our spellings and the children will be following the Year 4 spelling programme.  The spellings will come out on a Friday and could I ask that they are returned to school on a Tuesday.  This will enable us to mark them and to see if the children require further guidance during the week.

Lexia

We are continuing with our Lexia programme during the year.  As the children progress through the scheme they have to start transferring their knowledge and understanding from Lexia into their written work.

Please could we request that all children have a set of headphones in school for our LEXIA programme, we feel this would benefit everybody involved.

Times Tables

In class we will be working on our times tables and number bonds using Numberfy and TT Rockstars on a daily basis.  We would also like the children to continue their learning at home to enhance their understanding of all times tables.  Our initial focus will be 2,5,10x tables and then we will move onto the other times tables up to 12.  If your child would like to participate at home then they can access the Flurrish app as a visitor or challenge me during TT Rockstars.

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.  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.

Your child has access to Education City, Purple Mash and Lexia at home! Please feel free to go onto these sites for fun games, activities and learning tools that can support your child across the curriculum. Login details are available in your child’s diary. If you experience problems accessing this, please let us know. 

Trips and Visits

 In Class 4 we try to arrange as many trips and visitors as we can, as it really helps bring the children’s learning to life.  However, this year the safety of your children is the most important thing and we will do our best to hopefully sort out some dates for later in the year.

Our Legoland trip which was postponed last academic year has currently been moved to the 25th March 2021 if all goes well! Fingers crossed! (you have already paid for this).

Furthermore, if all goes well we are hoping to go on our two night residential to New Barn in Dorset in the Summer Term. We will let you know the details later on in the year.

Details, including prices for all trips, will be provided in plenty of notice. 

 

As always, if there is anything you need to discuss, please feel free to note a message in your child’s diary and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Waterhouse and the Class 4 Team 

 

 

Reading Workshop Information for Parents

Handouts from Reading Workshop

Phonics Presentation for Parents 

How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Parents' Guide to Phonics and Reading

Maths Presentation for Parents