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Panda Class - Year 4

Hello Panda Class!

My name is Mrs Woodman and I am class teacher for Year 4. Mrs Prangley is our Teaching Assistant. If you need to get in touch with me, the best way is through class dojo. . 

Mrs Woodman


Term 5

Please see attached our Term 5 newsletter to find out what we are learning this term!



Each child will be given 2 books to take home and read. Books bags should be brought into school on a Monday and/or a Thursday for books to be changed. Rereading books is important to develop fluency and comprehension, so please encourage your child to read their book more than once. When reading with an adult in school, we will be using school books and keeping a separate reading record. Children therefore only need to bring their book bags to school when they need their reading book to be changed.


We have introduced a new spelling scheme to help us improve the standard of spelling across the school. Spellings will now be taught through investigations and a range of short focused activities which are all matched to the national curriculum. The children will be given five personal spellings (their focus five) and they are supported to use these in their written work in all subject areas. As soon as they have shown they are able to use a spelling, it is replaced with a new one. This new way of teaching spelling replaces the weekly whole class spelling test, weekly spelling lists will not, therefore, be sent home.

We would ask that you use the time at home to read regularly with your child and help them to practice their times tables. Your child has a personal login for Times Tables Rockstars to help them to do this. 


PE will take place on a Tuesday (outdoor) and Friday (swimming) See below for more detailsPlease send your child to school in their PE kits on these days. They will wear their PE clothes all day. In line with school policy, earrings must be removed for PE lessons. 


We have made arrangements for the children to have swimming lessons at Saint Mary’s School on Friday afternoons in terms 5 and 6. Using the pool facilities at Saint Mary’s school means that the children can walk to and from Saint Mary’s school. We will be employing two highly qualified teachers of swimming to work at the pool alongside Mrs Woodman and a class TA will be available to assist children in the pool if required.

All children will be expected to wear suitable swimwear (one-piece costume for girls and no baggy Bermuda-style shorts for boys) and all children will need to wear a swimming hat. It would be useful if they could put their swimming hats on without assistance.


We are delighted to be able to introduce Forest Schools sessions for all children at Saint Edmund’s. Once a fortnight, children will spend the afternoon learning a variety of skills outside, which will benefit and add value to their learning within the classroom. Please ensure that your child is wearing full school uniform, has a waterproof coat and wellies in school for these sessions as they will take place whatever the weather. 


In Science we will be learning all about our teeth and digestive system!


In French this term we will be learning all about our classroom!

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