Welcome to Birch!
Mrs Stanton - Class Teacher
Mrs C Youngs - Learning Support Assistant ( Mon - Wed)
Mrs C Chamberlaine - Learning Support Assistant (Thurs)
Mrs Morgan - Learning Support Assistant (Fri)
Mrs N Beaverstock - One to One Support (Mon - Fri)
What's Happening in Birch Class
During the autumn term Birch Class will be discovering all about Electricity; who discovered it, how it works and why it is so important in the 21st Century. Pupils will have the opportunity through Science, Art and Design Technology to develop their own shaky hand testers, which will be displayed at the end of the half term. We will also question, whether it is really a green, eco friendly power source, during Geography.
This term, Literacy will focus on the life and experiences of Neil Armstrong, the first man to stand on the moon. Birch class will find out about the skills and experiences needed to become an astronaut. Also, we will be writing our own biography of an astronaut.
If the children have any relevant books, or wish to complete independent research, we would welcome this into the classroom.
PE Kits and days
It is very important that your child has a suitable indoor and outdoor P.E. kit with trainers.
P.E. kit should consist of t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls/pumps. We would also recommend jogging bottoms, a jumper/hoody and trainers as we will be outside as much as possible, even when it's cold.
Even though, we have set days for P.E. (currently a Tuesday and a Thursday) these can often change at short notice. Therefore, it is best to leave P.E. kit in school throughout the week and take it home at weekends to be washed.
Please ensure that your all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their name so that items of clothing can always be returned.
Please ensure that your child brings their book bag with reading books and diaries into school every day.
Homework, Spellings and Reading
Homework will be handed out on a Friday and is expected to be returned by the following Thursday, unless stated otherwise.
Homework is not expected to take a long time and children should be able to complete it independently, but we would always encourage parents to get involved with their child's learning.
At the start of each topic the children will receive 'My Way Homework'. This is an extended piece of homework, where children will have the opportunity to express their learning in any way they wish - let your imagination run wild! It has been my experience that children really enjoy this and we have had many fantastic pieces of homework from this.
Spellings will be given out on a Friday with the test on the following Friday. All children are given opportunity to practise their spellings in school but I have found that the best scores are achieved when they have practised them at home with family.
Reading is vitally important to every child and it really opens up the world to them. All children will be heard read through guided reading sessions and we will aim to listen to every child read their reading book at least once a week. However, I would kindly ask that you listen to your child read at home 2-3 times a week as it really does make a big difference. Please record any reading sessions in the child's reading log and there will be rewards for children who read on a regular basis.
Useful Web Links:
Active Learn is an online learning platform which is used during numeracy and literacy lessons . All children have their own individual log-ins for this .
The BBC Bitesize website has some excellent activities to help practise Maths, Literacy and Science skills.
I am Learning is a super games revision website with links to many subjects. All children have been provided with a log-in for this.
Sumdog is a Maths based revision site again filled with many games. Children have been provided with a log-in for this.
If your child has lost their log-ins, please come in and ask for a replacement.
Birch is full of wonderful children and we want to celebrate every success and achievement during the year. We would love to hear of any progress your child has made outside of school.
Thank you for visiting our school website and our class page. If you need to discuss anything, please come in and chat to us preferably at the end of a school day. If however, you would like a longer session to discuss your child’s needs, please make an appointment so we can discuss your child without feeling rushed.
Once again, myself and the rest of the team wish to thank you for all your help and support. Please do not hesitate to pop into school to speak to us if there are any issues or concerns.
Mrs Stanton and the Year 4 Team