Welcome to Badgers!
My name is Mrs Jarman and I'm the teacher for Badger Class, with stirling support, very aptly, from Mrs Stirling! We are both sooooo pleased to be teaching your children in person again. We're also quite excited to have our old Year 2 class back again; I hope it's mutual!
We're keeping everything crossed that nothing stops us reaching the end of the school year this time as we have lots of fun things planned!
I'll update our class page each term with information about the planned learning and any dates for your diary.
Don't forget to look at Class Dojo regularly too, as I often post the children's work and class information on there. I also love seeing portfolio or message posts and pics from you about the children's achievements and activities outside of school and will share them with the rest of the class if you are happy for me to.
You are welcome to message me on Class Dojo and I will reply as soon as I can. You can also catch me at the end of the day in our pick-up area if you need to.
"ROMANS GO HOME!!"
As you can see, we're starting Year 4 with an action-packed topic all about the Roman invasion of Britain and the legacy of their occupation.
This topic takes in history, geography, art and science, as well as fitting in really well with well-being, as we reflect on the massive changes in our own lives over the past year and think about ways to develop our resilience and resourcefulness to help us cope.
We are very mindful at school that the children (and you) have experienced extraordinary times and will be returning to school with all sorts of thoughts, questions, fears and worries about what they have lived through and the future. We also realise that, after so long at home, they will find school VERY tiring. Please rest assured that we'll do everything we can to make their transition back to school-life as easy as possible and support them to get the most out of the coming year.
Some information about the first term:
Our Meet the Teacher session this year, when we give you lots of information about the year, is on trusty old Zoom. It's on Wednesday 9th September and we'll send you a link nearer the time.
As always, if you have news, questions or concerns about your child, I'm happy to discuss them with you. Afternoon pick-up is probably the best time to catch me in the playground, or you can call or email school and we can arrange arrange a meeting, socially distanced in person, or on Zoom.
We're lucky to have Forest School each Tuesday for the first term. As usual, the class will go in two halves. Mr Jones has now sent out a letter to inform you which group your child is in and the dates they will go. If you forget which group your child is in, please message me and I'll remind you.
Please make sure they have suitable clothes for outdoor learning as we move into Autumn, with covered arms and legs, wellies and a coat.
Children should come to school in their Forest School kit on the weeks that they are going, BUT need to bring their wellies in a bag so that they don't have to wear them all day.
PE will be every Monday. Again, please ensure children have their full PE kit for the changing seasons. As far as possible, PE will be outside. Our first unit of PE this year is 'fitness'.
In Term 1 we are asking you just to read, read, read with your children, at least 5 times a week for around 20 minutes.
Reading is the foundation of all our other learning and there are simply not enough hours in the school day to hear each child read every day. Home reading practise is vital to support their continued progress. The more they read and talk about the books with you, the better they will cope with every subject.
Reading together is also a great opportunity to get cosy and enjoy sharing a story or facts together, which is reassuring, and fun, for children, so it's a win, win homework.
The children now all have a Reading Record which they should fill in each time they read at home. We will check records each week in class and appreciate your support to ensure it is filled in correctly.
In Year 4 the first column should be the date, title of book and page reached.
The larger column should have a comment about the book. For example:
Something they liked, disliked or wondered about the text,
Opinion or information about the plot or characters,
A description of the main character (s).
What they would do in a situation from the plot.
What they would tell the character if they could talk to them.
Words in the text that they liked and would like to magpie for their own writing,
Interesting facts they learned from reading the text.
Why they would/wouldn't recommend the book to a friend.
If there are any unfamiliar words that the children would like to check at school, they should write them in the grid at the bottom of the page. Please encourage them to ask you or write the words down, rather than skip over them and lose understanding of the text.
NFER tests will continue as they did in Year 3 and our first tests will be in the week beginning 21.9.20. Please don't worry about this. We keep everything low key and the tests are purely for our assessment of the children's needs. This is even more important after such a long time out of school and will allow us to focus learning accurately in the coming year.