Commencing Monday 8th January in year 4 we will be starting an exciting reading challenge! This challenge is to motivate children to read at home and also to try and read as much as they can. This challenge will run through to the summer term so there is plenty of time for children to aim for the top! Children are encouraged to read a variety of books from school both fiction and non-fiction. Home books can also be recorded in their journals too.
There will be two reading challenges that will run alongside each other:
Amount of times read at home
This challenge will encourage children to read regularly at home. There will be certificates at different points along this challenge in terms of karate belts:
Red = reading 15 times at home
Yellow = reading 30 times at home
Green = reading 45 times at home
Blue = reading 60 times at home
Black = reading 75 times at home
Amount of pages read at home
This challenge is about children aiming to read books that challenge them and going for books that perhaps have more pages than they would normally go for. Rather than trying to read lots of small books that don’t challenge them in terms of understanding and vocabulary. There will also be certificates given at different points along this challenge on the theme of these initial karate belts:
Red = reading 50 pages
Yellow = reading 100 pages
Green = reading 200 pages
Blue = reading 400 pages
Black = reading 800 pages
Every Tuesday I will be collecting in reading journals to mark off where children are in terms of reading at home and pages read and then children will be able to watch their names go up the challenge ladder the more they are reading at home! When children are reading at home whether it is independently or to an adult it needs to be signed by a parent/carer/grandparent etc. along with what page number they are up to.
Please feel free to pop in and see me if you have any questions.
Welcome to Ospreys!
I hope you have all had a lovely summer and are all rested and ready for your first term in year 4.
Our topic this term will be 'Heroes and Villains' where we will begin our literacy work based on the story of Supertato and a certain evil pea!
In geography we will be becoming map experts, using our map work skills to solve clues about some well known superheroes before moving onto comparing European countries to Great Britain. We will even have a go at designing and making capes in DT whilst thinking about materials fit for purpose.
This term you will be going swimming with Mr Wells on Tuesdays (starting 12th Sep) so please make sure you have your swimming kit each week.
P.E will be on Thursdays so please make sure your P.E bag is in school ready.
Maths (Set on Wednesday and due in on the following Monday every other week)
Maths homework will be set every other week (alternating with grammar and punctuation) and will be a follow on activity to consolidate and extend from the week's learning. Times tables are also very important for children to be continuing to practise to help them become more fluent in them.
Grammar and Punctuation (Set on Wednesday and due in on the following Monday every other week)
Grammar and punctuation work will be set every other week (alternating with maths) and will be an activity to help children consolidate their learning from literacy lessons. Sometimes the homework may be a consolidation activity from a previous week's learning to help children to recap.
Spellings (Set on Wednesday and tested on the following Monday)
Spellings will be set on Wednesday based on the spelling rule/pattern we have been learning in class that week and will be tested on the following Monday. Occasionally, spellings set may be a list of previously learnt spellings as a way for children to recap these.
Please make sure your child is reading regularly at home and recording their reading in their reading journals.
Please feel free to pop in and see me if you have any questions or concerns.