Teacher: Miss Harwood
Teaching Assistant: Miss Blakemore
Teacher: Miss Johnson
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Ray
4H- Tuesday and Friday
4J- Wednesday and Thursday (Swimming)
Children are expected to come into school in their full PE kits with all black trainers.
Pupils are asked to practise their times tables on TT Rockstars and spellings on Look, say, cover, write, check sheets (these do not need to be returned to school).
Please read with your child daily - even just a few pages a night - and sign their reading journal.
Children can also read using our fantastic online platform- My On- Online Reading Platform
Teachers are able to monitor how often the children read on Myon and the children can complete a quiz after every book they read, which shows us their progress and current reading age! A weekly prize is up for grabs for the child who has shown the most progress in their reading.
We ask that children practise their times tables using our online platform TT Rockstars. A weekly prize is up for grabs for the child with the highest score on our weekly tournament.
You child can find their username and password for Myon and TT rockstars in their homework book. Please ask the class teacher for a replacement if needed!
At Christ Church, we firmly believe that reading is at the forefront of all our learning and encourages children's imaginations by delving into magical or alternative worlds. In order for your child to get the best out of the texts we send home, the books available on MyOn or the books they may enjoy at home, we would love to see children's reading records updated regularly (at least three times a week). It doesn't need to be an essay! A signature or small comment will ensure your child is in with a chance of winning a Reader of the Week token and will get to visit out fabulous Book Vending machine. Remember - you have to be in it to win it!
Here are some tips for when you are listening to children read:
- Encourage children sounding out - this will link to children breaking down words and looking for special friends as they have learned in phonics.
- Allow for mistakes - if children read the sentence and make a small error but it still makes sense, that's fine! Gently remind them of any misread words.
- Ask questions about what was read - ask them about character's feelings, what they did, simple retrieval questions (e.g. what did the man take on holiday?). This check children's understanding of what they have read.
- Talk about whether they like the story and why. They may not! And that's fine too!
- Have fun! Encourage different voices and intonations for characters by modelling this yourself.
In year 4, we have been progressing extremely well in our writing. We are currently focussing on using a variety of sentence types- complex, compound and simple, to make our writing more effective. We have also been learning how to write an assortment of text types, such as: non chronological reports, diary entries and narratives.
We use VIPERS when completing guided reading sessions and encourage the use of this when we are reading our class novel through the week.
At Christ Church, we follow the singapore maths scheme 'Maths No Problem'. The beginning of each lesson starts with an 'In focus' where children have a go at solving a problem linked to the topic we will be learning. We then learn about different methods together, progress to guided practice and finally children indepedently (or, where needed, complete in a group) work through the linked workbook. This method has proven to encourage independence and confidence in maths.
It is imperative that children are encourage to participate in TTrockstars. Learning our times tables really does open all doors in maths and, even more excitingly, children could win an inflatable instrument! Who doesn't want their own blow up band?!