Welcome to Y3/4 Class 8

Dear Parents and Carers

I am delighted to welcome your child into Class 8!  Mrs O’Dowd and Mrs Beardsley will be working with us, and our theme this term will be Revolutionary Romans.  We will be finding out about the Romans and how they lived.

Your child is now in Year 3 or 4, and growing and developing quickly.  In Years 3 and 4, we encourage greater independence, and children are expected to become more responsible.  School starts at 8.45am, when whistle will be blown. The children will line up in the playground to go into school with their teacher.  Punctuality is important, because the day starts with an independent morning task as soon as the children arrive in the classroom.  School ends at 3.15pm.

Homework and Reading

The best way to ensure success is to build on the work done in school through regular homework and reading.  New homework packs will be sent out shortly; homework (spelling, writing and maths) will be given on Fridays and collected in on Wednesdays every week. Homework will enable children to consolidate, revise and practise what they have been learning at school.  Although we want to encourage independence, regular reading and discussion with an adult is vital.  Children should be reading a wide variety of texts, not just their school reading book, so magazines, newspapers and TV guides are all useful. Children should aim to read 5 times per week and have an adult sign their reading diaries to confirm that they have read.  If you would like to comment on how they are reading, that would be useful for us to see.

PE

There will be at least two PE sessions every week, so it is important that children bring their PE kit to school every Monday so that they can make the most of these opportunities. The PE kit should be kept at school from Monday to Friday, taken home on Friday and brought back again the following Monday.  PE lessons keep children fit and healthy and improve their concentration as well as teaching them about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  Class 8 will have PE every Monday and Tuesday from the beginning of term.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your continued support.  Together we can make sure that all children reach their potential and end the year with achievements that they are proud of.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at school.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Thorpe

Y3/4 teacher

Lower Key Stage 2 Phase Leader and Maths Leader

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