Welcome to Year 4, Coast Class at Yarmouth Primary
I wanted to start by welcoming everyone from both the Yarmouth site and the Freshwater site into Year 4. I hope everyone had a lovely summer and feel ready to start the new Autumn Term.
This is just to go over some of the basics of school and classroom life, as well as information on important days and times.
Staff – I (Miss Whitehead) will be the key teacher for year 4 and will be teaching the class every day. Teaching assistant support every morning will be provided by Mrs Harris. Forest School on a Tuesday will be led by Miss Gates and supported by Mrs Harris, while P.E. on a Monday and a Wednesday will be led by Mr McCormack. Finally, PSHE will be taught by Mrs Mathews.
Please see below for key information.
AM & PM Routines
Early morning routine – the school gates open at 8.30 and children are welcome to come straight into class. From here, the children will organise their things and come into the classroom where they will complete morning tasks linked with Maths or English followed by quiet reading time while the register is taken.
End of the day routine – The day ends for the children at 3.05pm. After FYT bus children have been collected I will lead the rest of the class out to the playground.
Uniform – I ask that you regularly check that all clothing is clearly labelled, especially jumpers and coats, including P.E. kit, and that all children are provided with a hat in hot weather, and a coat when it is cold or wet. It’s important to get the children out at playtime every day, even in light rain.
P.E. – Our PE lessons will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days, children should attend school in their P.E. kits. Please could all children be provided with some jogging bottoms in the winter, as P.E. will continue even when the weather has turned colder.
Reading – Each child has been given a reading record so that any reading done at home or school can be logged. Even 5 minutes at home each day makes a huge difference. These books are mainly for home reading, as we will be studying quality texts together as a class. We have a fantastic library here, as well as a mini version in our classroom for children to enjoy during quiet reading time.
Food & Drink
Fruit – Your child can bring a piece of fruit/snack for their morning break time.
Drinks – Each child will need to bring in a named water bottle to drink throughout the day. Water bottles will be easily accessible in the class room on a clearly labelled trolley and the children will be given lots of opportunities to have a drink throughout the day.
Lunchboxes – These will be stored on their pegs just outside the classroom.
Class Dojo – This is a really useful way to communicate with each other about important news and events, as well as an easy way for you to contact me with any worries or questions you may have. I will also post photos and videos onto Class Dojo so you can see the work your child is completing in school. I will do my best to respond to messages as soon as I can.
Homework – It is expected that children read at home at least 3 times a week. Even 5-minute daily bursts make a huge difference. Children should also access Times Table Rock Stars and practise for at least 25 minutes spread-out over the week. Accounts will be set up and access codes sent out shortly. There will be weekly spelling tests for sets of words. I will be sending your child’s results to you on Dojo so you can see the impact of your time practising at home. Finally, a Topic homework will be set at the beginning of the topic and will have tasks related to the topic included. All the due in dates will also be included on this sheet. All homework carries the same expectations as their school work. Neat handwriting and careful presentation is a must. Children should take pride in their work and look forward to showing off their achievements. If you have any questions/concerns about homework, please do let me know.