Welcome to Class 4M –
Miss McDermott’s Class

Spring Term 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians and Children,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday and are looking forward to a new term and a new year. Thank you very much for all my lovely Christmas presents; your kindness is very much appreciated.

Creative Curriculum

This term our topic is ‘Ancient Civilisations’. During the topic, the children will be learning about what life was like in Ancient Times. The children will be leaning about several different ancient civilisations with a more detailed focus on the ancient Egyptians and their unique way of doing things!


In Year 4, Maths is taught by either: Mr Shaw, Miss Mather or Miss McDermott.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s maths work, then please arrange an appointment to speak to your child’s math teacher or come in to see me and I will try to help you.


Homework is given out weekly and will usually alternate between Literacy and Mathematics. This will be given out every Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. There may also be some additional homework set throughout the year for Topic or Science.


Spelling homework will be given out on a weekly basis.


The children need to read as regularly as possible to build upon the skills they have learnt already.  I would ask that the children aim to read at least 3 times a week to an adult (however they may need more support depending on their ability) and at least 3 times a week independently. In order to develop children’s understanding of their reading, it is advised that children are asked questions about their book in order to clarify any misconceptions they may have.  All reading should be recorded in your child’s homework planner that school provides.  The reading books the children bring home help them to practise their reading skills and build self-confidence. Their reading is then challenged and developed during weekly guided reading sessions.


Our P.E time is on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. For this term, we have Rugby during our Thursday PE slot. Please bring trainers into school as we will be outside for this lesson unless it is raining. Therefore, I ask that PE kits must be in school on a Monday morning and remain in school until Friday. If PE kits are used for an after school club, make sure they are back in school the next day.  This avoids the children not having their kit in school and therefore being unable to join in.


If anyone has any spare time or would like to help within class, please come in and we can make arrangements. Any help would be appreciated as we would love to have you involved.

If you do have any concerns or questions at any time, please do not hesitate to speak to me at the beginning or end of the school day, through comments in your child’s planner or arrange an appointment with the office.

Kind regards,

Miss McDermott