Mr Rowe - Woodpeckers
Welcome to the spring Term
Hi everyone and welcome to the second part of our very busy spring term. This page will display general information and specific dates of events that you will need to know. Any photos and/or videos will appear on the school's facebook page and not here.
Important events and dates
St Briavels residential information: Children will soon learn which room they will be in and their menu options for lunches. This fantastic trip is Wednesday to Friday, 22nd - 24th May 2024 and soon I will be sending out a list of what children need to take with them. This page will be updated again soon and you will be able to see the itinerary and other general pieces of information about the trip.
Assessment week starts in just four short weeks. During this trying time, children will undertake three mathematics tests consisting of basic arithmetic, mental computation of all the four operations, word problems including reasoning and higher order and critical thinking questions. Pupils will also take part in a comprehension activity where they will read three separate texts consisting of both fiction and non-fiction texts. Spelling of the year 4 words and times tables will also be tested. Finally, they will complete a grammar test which also include 20 words to spell. Early to bed and ensuring breakfast is eaten will help your child with their mental energy as this week can be quite challenging.
Homework is sent home every Friday and will be looked at together on Friday. Children will receive maths, English, spellings to learn, and a times table sheet to complete. The children will be tested on the ten words from the spellings homework, each Friday.
PE clothes are worn on Thursday and Friday to school. The children are in the junior hall participating in a gross motor skill program learning how to balance, be agile whilst maintaining coordination and control. They will need to wear blue shorts and a white t-shirt.
Children will be bringing home a brass instrument very soon just before Christmas. Mr Jones from the Solihull Music Service will be conducting music lessons on Monday afternoons.
Reading at school and in the home is important and I recommend that your child has access to a book that they enjoy reading. Having the opportunity to talk about a text and practise finding information and using evidence in the text to support their answers is something which will go a long way in developing your child's comprehension skills. If you need more guidance with this, please come and see me, I am happy to help.
Practise, practise and even more practise. By the end of this academic year, Y4 children are expected to know all of the times tables. Some children do say that they know them because they can recite them in order. The children need to know the multiplication facts and the associated division facts. Please practise these as often as you can. Lack of knowledge about the multiplication and division facts does slow progress when it comes to applying these in other areas such as fractions when finding quarters as an example. Please practise! They will be formally tested on all of the times tables at the end of each term. The children have to answer 25 questions and only have 6 seconds each question - NOT EASY!