Class 4

Welcome to our Class 4 Page!

Hope you all had a fantastic Summer and I’m really looking forward to meeting you and your parents. My name is Mr. Conway and I will be your child’s Year Four teacher this academic year. It is my goal to provide all students with an educationally challenging, yet fun, experience in our classroom to achieve the best we can in a caring learning environment.

Along with all of us at Ashwood, I have high expectations for all people and I will do all that I can to help achieve those expectations. We are absolutely committed to achieving our best with a stimulating learning environment and diverse and exciting lessons! We are coming out of difficult times and I want to do all I can to support you through this.

And although the challenges we face are real and there may be barriers I will do everything I can to create a positive learning experience. If there is anything you want to know or discuss please do not hesitate in getting in touch.

Meet your Teachers

Hello! My name is Mr Conway and I am your Class Teacher.

It is my goal to provide all students with an educationally challenging, yet fun, experience in our classroom. In our classroom this year, we are joined by Mrs Clarkson and Mrs Richardson. You are in very safe hands and we will do all that we can to help children succeed this year. We can use our energy to strengthen our commitment to learning and success. If there is anything you want to know or discuss please do not hesitate in getting in touch. I can’t wait to meet you!

I’ve been at Ashwood for a year now after teaching previously at Bingley and in Sheffield. I’ve had many years experience in teaching KS2 especially – from Y3 right up to Y6. I love teaching most subjects – as long as I can reach students and try to inject energy and passion into learning! Outside school, I love cycling and own six bikes (although Mrs Conway keeps trying to stick them in the cellar) and I get out on them as much as I can. I also love many sports, but especially football. Sport is my passion and I massively support AS. Roma! Our family has a pug, two cats called Mourinho and Fudge and two scary snails called Ant and Dec.

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Mr Conway

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Mrs Clarkson

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Mrs Richardson

Hello! Our names are Mrs Clarkson and Mrs Richardson and we are your Teaching Assistants.

Mrs Clarkson has worked at our fabulous school for nine years, originally being a dinner lady before moving into our Foundation as a one to one key support worker. She says that one of the biggest loves of her life is Dottie, her sausage dog, who can usually be found curled up on a sofa while Mrs Clarkson is crafting or reading. She says she really loves a good book and is passionate about promoting reading in school. As all of you will know Mrs Clarkson, she will be a familiar face during your transition through to Y4. She is really looking forward to working with you all again and cannot wait to hear about your summer.

When we asked Mrs Richardson to create notes for a small biography the first thing she penned was that she LOVES HER JOB which is great news for all. She’s been around our school now for the grand total of nineteen years – coming into twenty. Her two older daughters came to Ashwood and she knows you all very well already. When she can be dragged away from our building, she enjoys walking her four dogs (three Dachshunds and a Cocker Spaniel!) and baking fabulous creations. Mrs Richardson also really enjoys reading, especially Harry Potter!

Class Information

Inspiring today’s children for tomorrow’s world is what we are all about!

In our class, we will be working hard although there will be loads of fun activities…

I would like to share our classroom rules policies with you following ideas taken from the Ashwood Way

  • Be kind
  • Be respectful
  • Be responsible
  • Be resourceful
  • Follow directions
  • Raise your hand to speak
  • Look out for others
  • Don’t worry about getting things wrong!

P.E. will be twice a week and we would expect you to have a P.E. kit for indoor and outdoor kit and be ready for action!

We hope to be using Class Dojo to communicate with you and highlight all your great work and learning achievements. More information will follow on this shortly…

Our New Learning

Throughout the year we will be working on a diverse and exciting curriculum designed to promote active learning and really putting the young person at the heart of things.

In our English we will be working through a range of genres of both fiction and non-fiction writing, sometimes linked with our topic as well as working on precise grammar and spellings. We really want to encourage our children to love reading and hopefully, this will motivate them to engender real confidence in their writing. You can help with regular reading at home and this will really promote an active love of great books. I’ve been tasked with sorting out the library and can’t wait to see our class get really involved here. More technical information of coverage can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf, although the main thing to stress is that we are all about building up confidence.

In our maths, we will be working with the White Rose Maths programme https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/on the Year Four units initially on place value before moving on to addition and subtraction. Enrichment will be provided with My Maths and a bunch of other exciting sites. Knowing your tables in Year Four is really important and so if I can encourage you to practice with Times Tables Rockstars or in any other way we would really appreciate your input.

For our first topic, we will be learning all about those mighty Romans and about the history, art and culture of Rome and its influence on Britain’s culture and buildings and whole way of life! We will work to understand where in Europe Rome is, and how the Romans came to extend their influence and create such a large and influential empire. So ask yourself and your children What did those Romans ever do for us!

Useful Links

All of the links below are brilliant resources that can be used to support pupil’s ongoing learning and revision.

Maths

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar