Below is an outline of learning and development for this term. As always, please speak to me if you have any further questions.
English Year 3
Children in Class 4 will begin the new term with a new Topic, Persuasive Letters. My key focus throughout the year, which will be improved on this term, will be to further develop, improve language and structure in writing and the children’s use and range of connectives and conjunctions to link ideas and events. Children will continue to use ‘Boxing Up’ planning frames to organise writing into events which are sequenced logically. On-going sentence-level work will continue to focus on writing accurate and full sentences, clarity of handwriting and the spelling of common words. Children will continue to develop reading and spelling skills through daily sessions of guided reading and phonics.
English Year 4
We are starting the term with ‘Issues and Dilemmas’ and will be exploring several texts, starting with ‘Sam’s Duck’ in order to identify the features of this type of text and find out what strategies other writers use to make their stories interesting. Grammar will be taught in the context of making their writing exciting and interesting and children will use checklists to evaluate their own writing, with support from their teacher. Children will use drama techniques such as role play and a dilemma/ conscience alley to consider the different possibilities that present themselves to the characters and to think in depth about how characters are feeling and what influences them to make particular decisions that then impact on the storyline. Children will then use the basic structure of the story to create their own story with an issue or dilemma.
Throughout the term, we will continue to have guided reading sessions, with a focus on developing the children’s use of questioning to enhance their comprehension of the text, and spelling sessions linked to the weekly spellings that children take home to practise.
Year 3 In Class 4 we will begin a new term with a continued focus around Addition and Subtraction, we will do this by practicing methods such as column addition, using number lines and developing mental strategies and recognising the connection between addition and subtraction by using the inverse. Children will consolidate and extend their skills in their multiplication tables. Children will continue to work on strengthening their ability to recall and apply number facts and to count in steps of 2-12 and use the sequences to make links between multiplication and division facts. There will be a daily focus at the start of each lesson on the understanding of mathematical vocabulary and applying this to solve worded problems.
Maths Year 4
In maths this term children will extend their knowledge of place value to include decimals and will use this knowledge to perform calculations, initially involving doubling and halving. Children will practise problem solving to apply these skills and will also investigate factors of numbers. They will then go on to build on their understanding of multiplication and division. Children will consolidate their learning by relating their knowledge to a variety of contexts and learning which methods suit the numbers involved and why.
Mental maths will be an important part of learning this term, developing children’s ability to calculate quickly and practising different strategies that will help them to do this.
Children will be encouraged to ‘think out loud’ and explain their working out, as this helps them to clarify their strategies in their own minds and also develops their use of mathematical vocabulary.
The focus for this term is ‘Rocks’. The children will build on their understanding of ‘Rocks’ and explore different ways of grouping them. For example, the children will be exploring in the classroom how you can group rocks depending on their characteristics. They will continue to develop skills in planning, obtaining, presenting and evaluating evidence though weekly investigations.
Our theme this term is learning about ‘Roman Britain’, as always teaching and learning in class will be shaped by the children’s ideas. Here are some examples of future learning experiences that have been planned based on areas of interest that your children discussed just before the end of the last term. Children will have the opportunity to learn about, why the Romans came to Britain? What the Romans did for us? And what an Invasion is?
This term the children will be learning about the Christian faith with a particular focus on Christian Values. Children will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and discuss how the school values have impacted their learning.
PE, this term will be Team Games, in particular rugby, it will take place outside alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is always a possibility that the day may change due to unforeseen circumstances. I should therefore be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. This term children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills taught alongside an external coach. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. Thank you.
Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning. These will form a mix between high and medium frequency words, and words that reinforce various spelling patterns. On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them. They will bring them back to show the class teacher on Monday.
Homework will be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the weekend. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning so that we can mark the work together at the start of the maths lesson.
Homework will also be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the weekend. Children are encouraged to bring their homework back to school on Monday morning so that we can mark the work together at the start of the lesson.
Children in Years 3 and 4 should be reading for a minimum of 20-25 minutes, at least four nights per week. Any additional reading they do on their own is wonderful! If your child is a confident, fluent reader, they will still need to read aloud to help develop expression and use punctuation correctly. Your child will benefit from talking about the book – predicting, clarifying unfamiliar vocabulary, ‘reading between the lines’ for deeper understanding, forming opinions and summarising. Please help take an active role in your child's reading experience by reading with them regularly. Each child should have a named book bag in which to keep their reading book and reading record. This book bag should be brought into school every day. We are also promoting our love for reading at school, with our reading leaves. Every time your child has read at home, you can sign their reading record and they will be able to help continue the ever growing canopy of leaves.
Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
• What are your child’s predictions?
• Who is (are) the main character(s)? What is the main idea?
• What is the problem? How was it solved?
• Describe the setting using evidence from the text. Where does the story take place?
• Did you think the story had a good ending? If not, how could you have changed the ending?
• Are there any words you didn't understand? How can you find out their meaning?
• Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same.
• Did they like the story? Why or why not?
Thank you for your continued support.