Welcome to Southwark Bridge Class
A warm welcome to Southwark Class children, parents and carers.
Our Southwark team are:
Class teacher-Miss Oasgood
Class teaching assistants - Mrs Glenn & Miss Griffiths
Please feel free to write us a note in your child’s homework diary, come and talk to us after school any day or phone the school to speak to us directly if there is anything you wish to discuss concerning your child.
Recommended reading books for Year 4:
- A wide selection of quality books have been purchased for this class this year and your child is encouraged to take home a book every day. Each time you sign to show your child has read at home, they will receive a marble towards their team jar. The team with the most marbles at the end of the week will be crown team of the week!
- Homework will be set on Friday and due in the following Friday unless stated otherwise on the homework (A longer time will be set for projects)
- Spellings will be learnt at school and tested on Mondays. Please click on link: school-links-spellingjournalyear4southwark-1
- In your child’s homework diary, they will have a green stamp at the end of each day to show they are following our school’s ‘Good to be Green’ behaviour policy. If they do not get a green stamp it is because they have not ended the day on a green card or have received a red card during the day. You will be notified by text if a red card consequence has occurred.
It has been an enjoyable week for all in Southwark class this week as we get used to the new expectations and timetable which comes along with a new school year.
This week we will be covering the following learning objectives in:
We will be beginning a three week unit learning about and writing explanation texts. This week we will be revising instructional writing and comparing it to explanation texts. In spelling, we will be consolidating our learning of spelling words which have the /aw/ sound but are spelt with augh or au such as astronaut, Autumn and daughter. The clip below can help you help you and your child with these words.
We will be continuing our daily guided reading. Every child has a weekly focus session with me and follow up tasks to complete independently which are then reviewed at the beginning of the next teacher led session.
Our focus this half term is on number and place value. We will be comparing and ordering 4 digit numbers to 10,000 using representations as proof as well as rounding numbers to 10, 100 and 1000.
As you may have noticed from our homework this week our I.C.T topic is mobile phone and internet safety. This week we will be focusing on cyber-bullying and what to do if you receive unwanted and inappropriate text or chat messages. There are many good parent websites on this topic such as the one below to help start conversations with your child about this topic:
PE is on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please keep p.e kits at school as we are lucky enough to be able to do additional p.e on occasion. This week we joined in with a live broadcast from Body Coach Jo Wick (see above) P.E kits will be sent home at half term.
We will be looking at Judaism in particular the Jewish celebrations and customs. This will be taught by our PPA teachers on a Wednesday morning.
We will be looking at new beginnings and settling in to a new school year.
Reading books are changed by your child during early morning work at the start of each day. We expect your child to read to you every evening and for this to be recorded in their reading record. You can:
- Just sign or initial.
- Write a comment e.g if the book was challenging, too easy, any particular words your child found difficult to read, any questions that you asked and your child’s response
Children receive a marble (class reward) for each time they read. Well done to Aljmetin who is our reader of the week this week!
Homework will be given out on a Friday afternoon. We expect it to be completed the following Friday. If your child is absent when the homework is given out the are asked to tell myself on my TA Miss Halcomb who will give them a copy on their return. Please let us know via the homework or reading diaries of any problems with completing the homework and we can help them before Friday.
We will be trialling both Spellodrome and Mathletics homework for which you will be sent passwords shortly. If your child does not have access to a computer/ tablet at home, then please let us know.
There are lots of exciting trips coming up this term. A letter will be sent home by Friday 22nd September with further details.
The children have settled well into year 4 and we are looking forward to our first full week of teaching.
- In Mathematics lessons, we will be introducing 4 digit numbers (numbers from 1000-9999) and the thousands column, exploring and applying our understanding of place value to include thousand numbers.
- We will be starting a non-fiction unit-Explanation texts in our daily English lessons, exploring how to write in order to explain processes. We will be beginning our spelling work looking at ‘au’ and ‘augh’ words such as astronaut and naughty. Following our school policy, we will not be sending home spelling lists to learn for a test but will be learning spellings at school by looking for patterns and exploring spelling rules. We will regularly send home spelling learning consolidation homework activities as well as posting hyperlinks to good spelling games to keep you abreast of the speling expectations in our blogs
- In our topic time, we will be starting our new topic Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will be asking questions to establish what we want to learn about and what we already know.
- During Science lessons, we will be starting a unit learning about teeth and the digestive system in animals and humans.
- In PE sessions, we will be working on invasion games and circuits. After the success of our mile a day run during Health week, we will be incorporating physical exercise daily into our timetable from this week so please ensure your child always has their p.e kits at school.
It is important that your child brings their reading book and record to school every day to read during quiet reading time. Every time your child reads at home they will earn points for their class teams. The child who reads most during the week or who improves the most will be our class reader of the week and will have the class trophy to take home for the week to celebrate. Southwark’s reader of the first 3 days was Harley. Well done Harley!
Children should revise their multiplication and division facts for all times table up to 12×12 at home as this is a key requirement for year 4. There will be weekly assessments to encourage their progress.
Please come and talk to any member of our year 4 team if you have any further questions or if you would like to just come and introduce yourselves.