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April 2019

 

We had an assessment week in the towards the end 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.  The children will have the chance to look at their test papers in the first week back. 

 

Before telling you about our summer learning I would like to take the opportunity to thank all 4C parents and carers who attended our Parents Consultation Evenings at the beginning of this month.  It's lovely to have the chance to sit and talk to you about your child's progress and school report.  

 

In our Topic lessons, we are starting a new topic.  It is called Ancient Egyptian.  This is a fantastic history based topic which really draws the children in as it is full of interesting learning including the beginning of a different civilization, how the mummification process work, the importance of the river Nile and a range of other factors involving the Egyptian.  

 

 In English, we will be reading the book Iron Man to see how verbs can have a powerful impact on our story writings. Maths we will recap and expanded our knowledge in a range of areas such as decimals, geometry, and fractions. 

 

In our guided reading sessions we have been encouraging the children to dig deeper into texts and thus become more competent at understanding what they have read. Examples of our guided reading tasks include asking the children to summarise a text in a few sentences,  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.

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