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Year 4 (4AN & 4RG)

Hello again

We hope the children had a nice half term break. They have made a really nice start to Year 4 and we are looking forward to seeing what they can produce in the coming weeks.

Spellings

The children have been given their next set of 20 spellings. It was very clear that most of the children had been learning the first set so thank you very much with all your su pport on that. There has been a noticeable improvement in the quality of spelling, punctuation and grammar and that can only benefit your children as they move forward in life.

Maths

It is also clear that a lot of the children are regularly using Mathletics – which is great! We are going to be doing a lot of work in class this half term on shape, space and measure work so encouraging your children to use Mathletics to practise their number work will ensure that those skills aren’t forgotten.

If you also want to help your child’s Maths – and can stand the noise – then they have been learning some Times Table songs. They are on our webs ite and I’m sure the children would love to sing them to you!

Commando Joe

This year both Year 4 classes will have sessions with Commando Joe. These will take place on a Thursday morning so it is very important that PE kit be in on those days. Both classes will also have PE on Tuesday mornings so they will need PE kit in on those days as well.

Parents Evening

It was great to meet so many parents at the Parents Evening in the end of the day so if there any questions or queries, or you would simply just to like to say hello, please feel free to do so – you will always be welcome!

Firework Makers Daughter

We are still basing our work around Phil Pullman’s Firework Maker’s Daughter. We are using this book as a stimulus for some work on conservation. Later in this term we will be doing some other science work as well.

Chester Zoo

That conservation work is the reason we are going to Chester Zoo next week. The zoo places a very high importance on helping save endangered animals and some of the entrance money will be used to that end. The children are really getting into this topic so we apologise in advance if they come h ome and start lecturing you about your paper usage and not saving rainforests!!

Reading

Thank you, as well, to all the parents who manage to find time to hear their ch ildren read. Again, it can make such a difference.

In harmony

On a musical theme , In Harmony is in full swing and the children have made a great start. They have all been allocated either a trumpet, trombone or baritone that will stay with them for the next 3 years. Over the course of their time at Dovecote they will have opportunities to play concerts and, if they wish, take exams with their instruments and it is lovely to see them setting off on that musical journey. 

Christmas

The children are desperate to take those instruments home but for the sake of your eardrums I’m not going to allow that until after Christmas. Therefore the first chance you will have to hear your child playing their instrument will be at this year’s Christmas performance. You will get details later on but I can confirm that, as last year. Year 4 will join years 2 and 3 in a performance in the Sports Hall. Exact plans haven’t been finalised but I can promise there will be an element of brass playing in there for you!

Miss Glover

As we’re sure you’re no doubt awa re Miss Glover has now gone on maternity leave and Mr Harding is now working full time in his class. We wish Miss Glover the best of luck and, obviously, we will let you know as soon as we get any news about her and baby!

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