Welcome to the Spring Term in Class 4

Dear parents and carers of children in Class 4,

We hope you have had a really well deserved half term break from Seesaw School or Bubble School.

Firstly, can we reiterate what Mrs Lewis wrote in her last newsletter of the first half of term and extend a huge thanks to everyone for all your incredible support over the past 6 weeks. Your positivity, understanding and willingness to get stuck in will undoubtedly have had the most amazing impact on your children, as it has on those of us working hard to keep things going for all of the children in our care.

We are really hopeful that within the next couple of weeks, we will be able to welcome all of the children back into school, and as you can imagine, there is lots of work going on behind the scenes as we try to preempt what this might look like. Please be assured that however this happens, the safety and well-being of your children will continue to be our top priority.

This week sees the launch of our independent Character Education Research Project - ‘Explorers for the Global Goals’, the assessment criteria for which and thinking behind was sent out before half term (with the last newsletter). The projects that children took part in before half term will have helped them to have become familiar with some of the big ideas behind the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will provide a solid foundation for their own project-based learning.

The project will be unrolled gradually over the coming week, with video inputs from lots of members of the teaching staff, as well as representatives from Edukid and Unicef’s ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’. These videos will address key thinking across a range of academic subjects, such as safe and effective internet searches, geographical and historical enquiry, scientific and technological approaches to problem solving and effective written and oral communication.

We will continue to encourage regular reading in Year 4. We hope parents will support the pupils by discussing their reading at home. Talking and understanding what texts are inferring is as important as being able to read the words.  Please continue to discuss the books your child is reading and ask lots of questions so that they can practice their reading comprehension skills.

In Maths, we will continue to study a wide variety of topics including number, algebra, shape, statistics, problem solving and written calculations. Please keep practising times tables and related division facts  – it will make maths so much easier!

As I am sure you will understand, there will be regular updates over the coming weeks, with the picture hopefully becoming clearer after the Government's announcement due on the 22nd of February. Please be assured that as soon as we know anything, you will be updated.

As always, please continue to use Seesaw for general queries (and positive feedback!), but remember, if you have any concerns, please contact the school office so that a member of staff can speak to you by phone, virtually or face to face.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Mrs Gagg, Mrs Larque and Mrs Dickinson