I hope the children have all had a fun and restful half term holiday and are ready to hit the floor running in term 2! We spent a lot of time in term 1 getting to know each other, understanding both my expectations of them as a whole class and individuals and their expectations of me as their class teacher. Class groups, sitting positions and lesson formats have been tweaked where necessary to try and help all the children’s individual needs so that they can be happier in the classroom environment and make more accelerated progress. Last term we had a big focus on honesty in regards to behaviour in class and around the school but also and more importantly, honesty when discussing their needs when learning skills that they didn’t necessarily feel as confident in or were worried about. I have highlighted this again at the start of term 2 and hope this honesty will continue and they will see Ravens class as a safe place to make mistakes and then learn from them.
The text for this term is Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. As well as our class book, all children should be reading a story book of the correct level, every day at home and the same book should be brought into class for the children to read every day. If you have the opportunity to listen to your child read or read a chapter of their book to them, then that is fantastic. I understand that this is not always possible, just please make sure that you sign the book to confirm where they have read to on all days, next to the page number. We will be checking their understanding of their reading books throughout the term, especially the last chapter they have read and will have a ‘refresher reading club’ some breaktimes, for those children that are struggling to get their reading completed or recall what they have read.
Our Topic subject this term is History and we will be looking at Ancient Egypt and the achievements of one of the planet’s earliest civilisations. This is also the focus of our school trip to the Maidstone Museum.
Mrs Walter and Mrs Whiteman will be continuing to support Year 4 throughout the week and again on Wednesday afternoons I will be out of class, with Mrs Hand and Mrs Walter there to help and support the children.
I would like to remind you all to not hesitate in contacting me if any concerns or queries arise throughout this next term.