Welcome back to a new academic year at Stainton School, and to Year 4. You have done brilliantly, settling into new routines and facing new challenges.
Parents, the following information will hopefully help you become familiar with our new routines in order to support your child as they settle into their new class.
To help with social distancing, Year 4’s will keep their coats, indoor and outdoor shoes, book bags, lunches and water bottles in their classroom. Please do not bring anything else to school to help keep our classroom clutter free. (see section on P.E.)
The children will be given one piece of literacy/ topic homework on a Monday, which should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. This should be handed in on Friday mornings.
We practice Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) for our Maths homework. Practicing KIRFs will consist of short, snappy, practical activities, which should be done daily. Each half term your child will receive a KIRFs target, then weekly activity cards and practical ideas to do as homework. (see also the link below)
Children also have a username and password to access Times Tables Rockstars, an online game where the children can earn points and move through levels whilst practicing their times tables with the persona of a rock star! It can be played on a tablet or computer and children can play this at any time as part of their maths homework.
Children will also have spellings to practice each week. Spellings and KIRF games will be given on Monday for Friday assessment.
Reading books and Reading records.
Children can choose reading books to take home along with their new reading record. As we are aiming for the children to become more independent, they will be encouraged to fill in their own reading records to show when they have read and also practiced their spellings and KIRF’s. The children are expected to read five days per week and can change their books as and when they need to. Please help to be part of their weekly reading by listening to your child read at home and make comments in their reading books as well.
Children will also have opportunities to read in school; independently and in guided reading lessons throughout the week.
I look forward to the term ahead,