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Teacher - Mrs Millard
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· PE will be taught every Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has both indoor and outdoor PE kits. Pumps and trainers need to be in school at all times and all clothes should be clearly labelled. Earrings should not be worn.
· Swimming lessons will start again from Wednesday 11th September and run until February half term. All children are required to wear a swimming hat. Girls should wear a swimming costume (not a bikini) and boys should not wear ‘baggy’ swimming shorts. Earrings are not allowed in the pool.
· All children require a named painting apron/shirt, which is to remain in school at all times.
· Please remember water bottles are now supplied by school. Tap water only is provided. Children will have the opportunity to refill their water bottle throughout the day; they will be shown where to do this. You can still send in a separate lunchtime drink.
Start and end of the day
Children come through the main door, by the Year 4 and 5 classrooms in the mornings. They will also need to be collected from these doors at the end of each day. Please be advised that for safeguarding reasons I can’t send your child off without actually seeing you. I appreciate that some of you have to collect their younger siblings first, but I can’t send them around the corner to meet you so please still come to our door when you can.
Inhalers and medication
If your child requires an inhaler, please ensure you send it into school, with an up to date copy of their asthma plan. Please put everything together in a clear box, labelled with a picture of your child and their name. This will then remain in school.
It is very important that you do not send any medication into school with your child. If your child does require medication, please contact the school office to make any necessary arrangements.
Homework will only be set if your child has struggled with the work during the week and needs further practise to consolidate their learning. All newsletters and homework set will be stuck in to their homework book, so please check this at the end of each week. Homework is due in the following Wednesdayin order to allow time to mark it and also to help any children who may need extra support. Please encourage children to complete their work independently where possible. However, if they have needed your help, please make comments on the homework as to what support was given so we can plan further work as required.
A set of spellings will be sent home every Friday (a copy of which will be put in their homework book and is available on Spelling Shed). Children will need to learn these for the following Friday. Every four weeks the children will have a consolidation test to practise all the spellings they have learnt over the past 3 weeks.
Children have been given a book from the Big Cat Book Scheme. They should not feel pressured to rush their books, but I would be very grateful if you could listen to them read for 10 minutes at least 3 times a week. If they are reading frequently enough, they should be changing their books weekly. Please try and ask questions about what they have read, to check their understanding. This can include what a particular word means, a summary of what they have just read or what they think will happen next. Please try and make comments in their Reading Records on your child’s reading. As soon as your child has finished their book, they need to bring it in and we will change it the same day. I have confirmed your child’s reading day to them and will write it in their reading books next time they bring them in.
Could I please ask that dinner money is sent to school in an envelope/purse, with your child’s name and year written on it. Dinner money is £2.20 a day.
Year 4 Twitter
Year 4 has a twitter page @WhetstoneYear4. I will tweet regularly to show you what the children have been learning about so it’s a great way to keep up to date with what they’ve been doing.