We all know how big a part technology plays in all of our lives but do we know how to be safe when using it?
Check out our posters for some help and advice!
We would also like to introduce you to our new Year 4 reading challenge initiative. It is called We RAH! (insert growly lion face)! This stands for We Read At Home. We have created a RAH! display in the corridor between Bodiam and Walmer class for all to see and we will be competing against each other to see who can read the most aloud to an adult each term. Each child has a peg with their name on it and they will aim to climb the RAH! (insert growly lion face) ladder over the course of the term. The child who gets the highest on our ladder will be celebrated at the end of term and receive an exciting prize! At the end of each week, we will be checking children’s reading records for evidence that they have read with an adult that week and updating their position on the ladder accordingly. As a year group we would really like to celebrate the amount of reading aloud that happens outside of school. We look forward to starting this exciting challenge with you all and we’ll keep you posted on the results!
Investing time to listening to your child read and reading to your child is a vital element to ensuring they have a successful school career. Save the Children have produced a video which uses shock tactics to help parents to understand how important spending 10 minutes a day with your child reading actually is. This link will take you to the video if you wish to watch it.
It may seem a little far fetched, but it is undoubtedly true that you have a valuable part to play in helping your child develop important skills.
However, you may feel your child reads well and is beyond needing that initial support with decoding you gave when they were very little. As they get older and their sight reading skills improve, it is time to focus on their comprehension skills and questioning to help them to really develop thinking and understanding of what they are reading. We expect children to really begin to infer and deduce information from the text they are reading as they go through Year 2, 3 and 4. The following questions should be useful in helping your child to develop these important comprehension skills. Enjoy listening to your child read and chose 2 or 3 of these questions to begin talking about books.
Questions to ask before reading:
• What is the title of the book?
• What does the cover tell you about the book?
• What do you think the book is about?
• What are you curious to find out about in this book?
• What do you already know about this book?
• What do you want to learn?
• Why are you reading this book?
Questions to ask during reading
• What do you think will happen next?
• What is the problem in this book?
• Why do you think the character did that?
• When you were reading this part, what were you picturing in your head?
Questions to ask after reading:
• Describe the setting of the story.
• Describe how a character changed during the story.
• Which of the characters did you like best? Why?
• What were some of the problems or situations the characters encountered?
• Tell about a part that you liked or disliked and tell why?
Enjoy and we can’t wait to share our successes with you!
Take a look at some of the fantastic science home learning that we completed about Sound! We are all super scientists in our own homes!
Challenge us to find out the type of situation in which sound does not travel! Answers in the comments box please!
Mrs Hawks and Mr Bestford
Year 4 have been exploring what they thought the ‘terrible sound’ in the start of our new book might be. We created noises and movement to help portray our ideas.
This is the illustration that inspired us! Ask us what we thought the sound was!
Look at Bodiam’s fantastic outdoor learning! We built our own imaginary worlds and put our characters into them.
Ask us to tell you our story…:)
Please find below the link to our end of term newsletter.
Have a wonderful half term break and we look forward to Term 2!