Croeso i Blwyddyn 4 – Mrs Griffiths’s Class
In Year 4 we continue to build on the foundation of previous years to grow happy, healthy, confident, responsible, capable and considerate young people. Children are much more likely to thrive when home and school work together, therefore if there is anything you need me to know or if you have any questions please catch me at the gate at home time or make an appointment via the main office.
Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions, but if I’ve missed anything, please let me know.
- HOMEWORK Reading, spelling and maths including times tables should be worked on daily if possible. 10 – 15 minute short bursts are more beneficial than a long session once per week. Children each have a personal log on to maths and reading programs but physical reading books are available for those who prefer. Please keep all log on details safe as they are difficult to replace. Children are given individual spelling patterns and key word targets to assist them with both reading and writing. It is helpful if children have times tables posters around the house – bedroom wall, behind toilet door etc. - all tables to 12x12. Over holiday periods ‘Learning Log’ tasks will be set. Children are always encouraged to complete additional tasks which are self motivated. I love to see any drawing, writing, number work, model making etc. which the children have completed at home.
- PE Children need a PE kit in school all the time. PE days are officially Wednesday and Thursday but this is subject to change as other classes sometimes ask to swap hall times. Your child needs black shorts, white T shirt, trainers and black pumps – all named and stored in a named gym bag. Girls will need a pair of socks if they are likely to be wearing tights. During the winter months a jog suit will be required.
- UNIFORM All uniform must be named – we have lost property drawers full of unnamed items! Woven sew-in labels are the best. Please remember that school shoes should be black, sensible and flat. Leggings are not uniform. If your child is still struggling with laces please either opt for Velcro or practise bows with them. Long hair should be tied up. A school bag is required for letters, pencil cases etc.
- WATER BOTTLES Everyone concentrates better when they are well hydrated therefore children need a water bottle in school. This bottle is in addition to the one they may have in their lunch bag.
- PERSONAL ITEMS Children should not bring toys, balls and other personal items into school. Much learning time is wasted looking for lost items.
- WATCHES Children are encouraged to wear a wrist watch with hands (NOT DIGITAL). Please practise telling the time at home.
- DOJO This is our online reward and motivation scheme. I can also use it to send reminders about activities etc. Again, please keep your log in safe.
- SNACK MONEY Snack money continues to be 30p per day preferably paid as £1.50 per week on a Monday or in a single payment for the half term. Snack will only be available to those who have paid in advance. Please name money purses and envelopes.
- WEBSITE and TWITTER In an attempt to minimise our paper consumption, all of our important information can be found via the school website www.bryngwalia.org, and Twitter feed @BrynGwalia. My account @Griffiths_J_ shares class news.
- HOME TIME At 3:15pm I will bring the children to the gate. To support growing independence it will be their responsibility to find you. I will stress to the children the importance of coming back to me if they cannot find you but please have this conversation at home as well. If your child is to walk home on their own please complete the permission form which is available from the school office.
This term we are working on a commission from Chester Zoo to promote the use of sustainable palm oil. There is a growing crisis in Borneo and Sumatra. Rainforests are being destroyed by fire to create palm oil plantations and this is causing pollution on a huge scale. Many animals including orang-utans are losing their natural habitats and therefore their numbers are in decline. Palm oil could be more environmentally friendly than other types of oil as it takes fewer hectares of land to produce the same amount of palm oil than olive oil, sunflower oil etc. Sustainable production is the key! Find out more here: