Spring is here and the better weather and lighter evenings are making a very welcome return. The Summer Term is about to begin and it is going to be a busy one.
Before telling you about our summer learning I would like to take the opportunity to thank all 4M parents and carers who attended our Parents Consultation Evenings at the end of March. It's lovely to have the chance to sit and talk to you about your child's progress and school report. Please keep a note handy to remind you of your child's English and Maths targets for the summer term that I have written in each report, if you would like to do any additional work at home with your child then these targets are the areas to focus on.
In our Topic lessons we are starting a new topic. It is called Ancient Civilisations - Egyptians. This is a fantastic history based topic which really draws the children in as it is full of interesting learning including the mummification process, reigns of famous pharaohs, ruins and monuments, the Book of the Dead and the discovery of the tomb of Tutenkhanum. Its a wonderfully engaging topic so please keep your copy of our topic web somewhere accessible at home so that you can discuss with your child what they have been doing in class.
As an introduction to our new topic the Easter holiday homework is to make a 3D model of a pyramid. Hopefully our two week holiday will give you and your child enough time to produce a masterpiece. We are all looking forward to seeing the results. Models will be displayed in the Heart Space so our whole school community can marvel at the model making skills of the children in Year Four.
We had an assessment week in the middle of March and the results the children achieved in Maths, Reading, Spelling and Grammar were very pleasing. Without exception the children have all made progress. The stand out results were in our reading, the children showed a marked improvement in their comprehension skills.
In our guided reading sessions we have, as a whole school, been trialing a different way of encouraging the children to dig deeper into texts and thus become more competent at understanding what they have read. Examples of our new guided reading tasks include asking the children to summarise a text in a few sentences, act as an interviewer of a character in a text, become a word detective (dictionary skills) and find links to their own life experiences. We have also spent a great deal of time improving our inference skills - we have done this by focusing on questions that are not directly answered by the text. We spend time looking for clues in the text that will help us answer the question, as a class, we have called this being 'reading detectives' and the children have responded well. All these measures have resulted in a significant improvement in comprehension skills across the board. We will continue this work in the summer term.
Thank you for your continued support. It makes such a difference to each child, knowing that their family is there to encourage and praise them for all the hard work they put into their learning.