Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Green Four and a new academic year. This is a key year for the children and one in which we seek to challenge and develop them both in their academic study and in their citizenship within their school. The purpose of this newsletter is to inform you about what your child will be learning in school, during this first half term.
Our main topic for this half term is ‘I had a dream’, with a focus on the power of friendship and realising dreams. We attempt, where ever possible, to integrate other areas of the curriculum to this topic in order to enhance meaning and provide a context for learning.
English – Our focus book will be ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. This is a centenary year for one of the most loved English authors. Children will be developing their ability to write in different styles.
Maths – Shape and space, data handling, problem solving and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). The children will need to practice their times tables and will be tested on their target weekly.
Physical Education – Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit. The children require trainers, shorts or jogging bottoms and a t-shirt to change into for Outdoor PE. For swimming they will need to bring a swimsuit, swimming hat and towel. Boys must have trunks and not shorts. Girls must have a one-piece suit.
Not this half term
Science - The children will be learning about solids, liquids and gasses. You could help extend their knowledge by asking them to help you bake or cook.
Visits - In order to make the curriculum the children will be studying more relevant, we intend to organise a variety of educational visits. At such times the children will be ambassadors for John Donne School, so a very high standard of conduct will be expected of them. Naturally, before any such visit you will receive further details.
Home work – We will set the children spellings and times tables to learn each week for small and informal tests on a Wednesday. The children will be expected to read for at least 20 minutes daily and we would ask that you can write a short comment, in their home reading journals daily, to show that this has been completed. Books are freely available to borrow from school, and your child will bring home a book, which will need to be returned daily. Book Bags are expected to be brought every day, and can be purchased from the school office for £6. Independent learning tasks will be set at the start of each half term and are to be completed throughout the half term. These projects are due back on the 14th October.
Lateness – Many children arrive at school promptly at 08.50am, however there are a few who are persistently late. We are hoping that this year all children will arrive on time. We begin teaching immediately and children who are regularly late are severely disadvantaged, missing the introduction to the first lesson, interventions to support their learning and also key work. Children can walk up to the classroom at 8.45am.
Some reminders – If your child is absent, please let the office know with a note, a phone call or by telling us personally. We can only authorise an absence when we have been informed of a reason. If you know your child has a forthcoming medical appointment, please let us know in advance.
Queries and questions – If you have any questions or wish to ask about anything related to school life please do not hesitate to speak to us. Small difficulties that the children have in school tend to stay small if we have regular contact with you.
We look forward to this year with the children and anticipate it as a time for them to further develop and mature.
Green Four Team