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, Poetry followed by Mystery Stories. 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
This term, children will be looking at features of persuasive writing. Children will use drama techniques such as role play to develop their familiarity with the language of persuasion and will explore different types of persuasive writing in, for example, tourist information leaflets and adverts. Children will learn about strategies they can use when writing in this genre and also the importance of considering their audience and the purpose for which they are writing. Children will continue to develop their ability to evaluate their own and others’ writing in a positive and constructive way, using checklists to support them. They will then edit and improve their writing, with support from their teacher.
We will also continue with grammar and spelling work in order to develop children’s skills in these areas. Guided reading will continue to develop children’s ability to ask and answer questions about a text as well as thinking about the patterns of language that we use to respond to different types of question, for example by answering a ‘why’ question with ‘because’, ‘in order to’, ‘so that’ and so on.
When your child is reading at home, or if you are reading them a story, it would be helpful if you would ask them a range of questions about the text and get them to ask questions and then you or they could answer the questions. Encourage them to use a variety of questions. (For example: what, when, who, where, why, how, what like, what doing)
Maths Year 3
In Class 4 we will begin a new term with a continued focus around Multiplication and Division, we will do this by practicing methods such as arrays, using number lines for continued addition and subtraction and then use written methods to complement and develop mental strategies. We will also recognise the connection between Multiplication and Division 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
Children will start the term with extending their knowledge of number and counting to include negative numbers, initially in the context of temperature. They will go on to show the position of negative numbers on a numberline and find differences between two negative numbers and positive and negative numbers. If you have the opportunity to watch the weather forecast with the children, it would be helpful to talk with them about any negative (below freezing) temperatures and the amount of difference in degrees of temperature in different places. (For example 8 degrees Celcius in Dover and -2 degrees Celcius in Glasgow means it is 10 degrees warmer in Dover than Glasgow.) Children will go on to develop their knowledge of fractions, written and mental division, position and direction and finding the area of shapes.
We are continuing to focus on developing the children’s use of mathematical vocabulary and their ability to use this to explain their reasoning. Children will be encouraged to explain a concept clearly and simply to show their understanding and clarify their thinking.
Mental maths will continue 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. As part of this, children will be practising counting in steps of 6, 8, 25 and 1000.
The focus for this term is ‘Forces and Magnets’. The children will build on their understanding of ‘Forces’ and explore different ways of comparing them. For example, the children will be exploring in the classroom how different materials travel across different surfaces 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 ‘Move It, which our focus will be moving monsters’, 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 what characteristics monsters have and what makes our monsters move?
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 Dance, it will take place inside on 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 and on a Tuesday a quiz will take place based on those words.
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 their 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?
In Les Ananas, we are positively promoting home learning; this can be anything which your child chooses to do to further their learning. Whether it is researching on a tablet about our learning, or practicing times tables, your child will receive a leaf that will be added to our home learning and ever growing rainforest in the classroom.