Class 4 - Year 3 & 4
Teacher – Mrs Jones, Mrs Adjei (Thursday am PPA).
Teaching Assistant – Mrs Chance - Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri; Mrs Cole - Wed, Thur
Welcome back to the beginning of a very different school year. It is lovely to see the children (finally!) back in and raring to go. This half term will be very much focused on settling in, calming any worries or fears and establishing our new learning routine.
Our text this term is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, written by Roald Dahl. We will be using this as a basis for much of our written work. The children will continue to develop a variety of styles of writing, as well as looking at related Non-Fiction. Children will also be undertaking weekly Comprehension, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation lessons. We will also focus on Extended Writing where the children are given the opportunity to show their writing skills over an extended period.
Afternoon topics are taught separately. In Science we will be learning about Living Things and their Habitats. We will classify different plants and animals and learn about their different environments. Our History topic will be looking at The Mayans and their impact on early civilisations. Geographical skills will be studied, looking at maps, map reading, surveys and learning about Mexico as a contrasting country. PSHE concentrates on New Beginnings, Getting On and Falling Out, as well as saying, ”No to Bullying”. The lives of Hindus, Harvest and Christmas are the focus in RE. We will be developing the skills of textiles, and 3d sculpture for Art, as well as developing our knowledge of food and our cooking expertise in DT. Music focuses on exploring sounds and beats. We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele this term and in PE we will be concentrating on Football and Dance. Children will continue to learning Spanish with Mrs Adjei.
Our Literacy Targets focus on Spelling, Word, Sentence, Text, Comprehension, Punctuation and Handwriting. For example, for Word work we will be learning about suffixes (-ment, -ness, -ful, –less, and - ly), prefixes (pre-, dis-, mis- and re-) whilst becoming confident to pluralise words.
Sentence work will focus on using the present and past tense consistently throughout all written work, joining sentences using a variety of conjunctions and using sentences with different forms when writing (statements, questions, exclamations and commands).
Text work will involve looking at a variety of different sentence openers and introducing a clear structure in story writing to include a clear Beginning, Build-Up, Problem, Resolution and Ending. The children will learn, or continue, to develop their writing in clear sections or paragraphs. The children will become confident to read and spell the words on the Year3/4 Spelling List. Children will be encouraged to develop their writing skills through narrative writing, they will write about real events, write poetry and write for different purposes. The children will also continue to develop a fluid cursive writing style.
Our Numeracy Targets focus on a variety of applications, including counting, reading and writing numbers up to 1000 in numbers and words , knowing the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables, and place value ( knowing the value of each digit within a number). Please help your child with these at home as they are vitally important to know instantly.
Children will be given spellings on a Friday and will be tested on the following Friday. These spellings will focus on the spelling pattern for the week. Your child will be sent home with a list each Friday for them to keep at home so they can then practise their spelling. Please encourage your child to learn all of their spellings,
Reading for Meaning will be undertaken daily in class, where the whole class reads the text we are studying and completes associated activities. Individual reading is also conducted regularly in class. We encourage you to hear your child read as often as possible. As well as enabling your child to become a fluent and accurate reader, talking about what they have read and asking your child questions about their books will also help them to understand. Please sign your child’s reading diary if they have read at home
P.E. is now every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, with Mrs Jones and Tom, from Paces, respectively. The children will need their full outdoor kit each week. Please provide kit that is appropriate for the weather.
Getting changed for P.E. will be very busy, particularly during these first few weeks as we iron out our new routines. Clothes can often get mixed up so please ensure that all kit, including footwear, is clearly named.
Please note that Year 3 children are no longer entitled to receive fruit so you may wish to send in a snack for them each day.
If you have any concerns or questions I am available before or after school if you wish to discuss anything.