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 Genre, Narrative Texts, and stories from the same author.  My key focus throughout the year, which will be improved on throughout this term, will be to further improve spellings, 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.

English Year 4 In term 5, children will be exploring different legends, including St. George and the Dragon and various tales about King Arthur. Children will discover what makes a legend and use the features they find to create their own writer’s toolkit of features. After considering the structure and organisation of different examples and building up a store of ideas and vocabulary, children will learn an example and practise innovating on it to explore the patterns of language used in this genre of writing. This will involve word play, sentence games, role play and considering how good writers bring a character and setting to life. Children will regularly complete short writing tasks, which will give them the opportunity to practise grammar and punctuation skills that will also be taught and embedded into their learning. Children will then write their own legend and these will be combined to create a Year 4 book of legends to go in our wonderful new library. As we would expect, the children are getting better at proof reading their own work and making corrections. They will continue to do this and look critically at their writing, with support, and to suggest improvements. They then edit and improve their work, as published writers do.

In guided reading, we will continue with reciprocal reading and further develop skills in prediction, clarifying words and phrases, questioning and answering questions about the text with evidence to support your answer and finally summarising what has been read. Children will be encouraged to use a variety of question types and to think about the way language is used in the answers given. For example a ‘why’ question will often elicit a ‘because…’ answer.   Maths Year 3 In Class 4 we will begin a new term with a focus of Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, we will do this by identifying the value of a number and then using that to order and compare it to others. We will also be using the column method to add and subtract. Children will also continue to 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.  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 at the end of the week.

Maths Year 4 Children will begin the term by counting and extending sequences of numbers and looking for patterns, which they will then use to generalise, create hypotheses and test them. Children will then develop their knowledge and understanding of decimals and consolidate their knowledge of place value through working in the context of measurement. Children will go on to build on their understanding of fractions and link this to division. Calculations will be practised in the context of money and measure to link areas of learning and consolidate them. The children are realising how much their knowledge of times tables and mental methods of calculation can be helpful to them and we will continue to practise and extend these skills throughout the term. You can support your child with this at home by doing things like practising times tables with your children, counting with them forwards and backwards in steps of 25 and 1000 or asking them to count on and back from any 2 digit number in steps of a 1 digit number, for example count on in steps of 5 from 23. The aim is for the children to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths and to be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and by using generalisations and testing them. Children will be given the opportunity to apply their maths to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication and will be encouraged to break them down into a series of simpler steps and persevere in seeking solutions.

Science The focus for the beginning of this term is ‘Plants’, which will then lead onto ‘Animals including Humans’. The children will build on their understanding of ‘Plants’ and ‘Animals including Humans’ and explore different ways of comparing them. For example, the children will be exploring in the classroom what plants need to survive. That will then lead onto what animals need to survive. They will continue to develop skills in planning, obtaining, presenting and evaluating evidence though weekly investigations. 

Theme Our theme this term is learning about ‘Music’, with a specific focus around pop. 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; the history of music, what music was/is used for and how to compose music.

RE 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 PE, this term will be Hockey, it will take place Outside on Mondays. Although 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. 

Homework   Spellings 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.

Maths 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.

English 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.

Reading 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?

Home Learning 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 ever growing home learning rainforest in the classroom. Thank you for your continued support.

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