Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and a chance to relax between nativities, brussel sprouts and dodging various storms! Thank you for the kind gifts many of you gave me at the end of term – they were greatly appreciated. I hope that many of you managed to avoid the dreaded lergy or, at least, managed to recover in time for Christmas.
Although this term is slightly shorter than the Autumn, we’re cramming a lot into it in Class 4. Our School focus this Spring continues to be ‘Friend or Foe’. In Class 4 we’ll use this as a spring board to explore a variety of different topics – from the Roman invasions of Britain to the Vikings and Saxons. We’ll be exploring what life was like for Anglo-Saxons at the time of Edward the Confessor and who Boudica was.
This half-term, Mr Waldron will be leading PE – focusing on ‘invasion games’ (sports, rather than any aim to invade a neighbouring country!). Please ensure that any PE kit that is taken home is back in school on Wednesdays. The Class will also continue to go swimming on Fridays – they have made amazing progress already this year. Mademoiselle Wood will continue to teach French on Tuesday afternoons.
Next half-term, Miss Hawkins’ will be leading Art again on Wednesday afternoons. Please keep an eye on the Class Blog to see what she is creating with children. I will also endeavour to keep the Blog and Twitter updated with news and pictures that will give you an insight into your child’s learning at school.
I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Class 4 on some fantastic ‘Creative Homework’ last term. I was delighted by the effort that so many had gone to. Thank you for the time you have given to help with projects. I’m looking forward to seeing this terms efforts.
At Easter, Year 3 and 4 will be performing a play and we would love you to come along and watch. We’ll make sure details of this are put on the website and school calendar as soon as they are confirmed.
As always, your help is greatly valued. Please continue to read regularly with your child and have conversations about their work, as this is invaluable to their development. Each week (unless their silly Teacher has forgotten) the children are sent home with a Homework Planner, which contains instructions for the week’s homework. Please check it and sign it when completed. Those children that are doing lots of IXL are noticeably more confident in lessons.
If you have any spare time and want to come in and help in school or with readers – then we’d be absolutely delighted to see you! Please contact the office or see me for more information.
I thoroughly enjoy being part of Class 4 and it is my aim that your child feels the same way. If, for whatever reason, they are not feeling happy about an issue at school, please come and see me. I would be happy to listen to your concerns and endeavour to find a solution. However, please encourage your child to come and talk to Mrs Goldsmith-Ryan-Holt or myself if they are worried about anything – we’re always happy to listen and it’s easier to resolve any issues at the time.
My last plea is to ask you to encourage your child to come into the classroom on their own. I am really trying to encourage independence and this would be greatly assisted if you could let your child carry in all their own bags and packed lunch etc, rather than relying on you to do the hard work!
Thank you for your continued support, I really appreciate it.
Other useful information…
PE is usually on Wednesdays, but please send in children with PE kit everyday as the changeable weather means that we have to do it when we can!
If at all possible, please do not send your child in to school with a large backpack as space is limited in the cloakroom area!
Please try to ensure children use the IXL Maths and English website regularly as it supports their learning in school. Suggested activities are on the Homework planner each week, but they can always do more!
Sorry that the Class Blog has not been kept up to date as regularly as it should have been – I have had issues with the latest iOS update. I will endeavour to post things on there more frequently in 2018! (ash-sch.org/class-4)
Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with. My door is always open if you need to talk to me – or arrange a meeting with the office.
Parent Consultations will take place after the half-term holiday – the week beginning Monday 19th February. Time sheets will be displayed outside the classroom nearer the time.
Class 4 Blog
- Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:51:31 +0000: Our Art project begins - Class 4 | St. Helen'sToday, Class 4 have started their Roman mosaic art project. They've begun to draw fish that would be found around the Roman Empire - particularly in the Mediterranean Sea.We can't wait to see the finished project!
- Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:40:02 +0000: Year 4 open the book acting - Class 4 | St. Helen's
This is a picture of year 4 watching an Open the Book play.This weeks play was about a rich man who had 3 servents,2 did what they told and 1 didn't so he got FIRED!
- Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:22:45 +0000: Let it snow... - Class 4 | St. Helen's
We've loved seeing the snow fall this week.
- Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:00:43 +0000: Reading workshop and AR - Class 4 | St. Helen'sEvery morning class 4 enjoy different activities in reading workshop. These guys are reading their AR books .When we finish reading our book, we do an AR quiz to earn points for ourselves!
- Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:45:33 +0000: Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds - Class 4 | St. Helen's
Mademoiselle Wood has been teaching us 'Heads, shoulders, knees and toes' in French this afternoon.