Below is an outline of learning and development for this term. As always, please speak to me if you have any further questions.
English for Year 3
Children in Les Ananas will begin the new term with a new Genre, Non Fiction Texts, with a biography about the Queen. 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 chronologically. 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 for Year 4
At the start of term 6, children will be learning all about the life of Queen Elizabeth II as part of our celebrations for Her Majesty’s official 90th birthday. Children will then put their knowledge and writing skills to good use writing a recount as part of a whole school writing competition. Children will then move on to learning about stories from other cultures. They will compare different versions of the tale ‘Cinderella’ from around the world, including ‘Cendrillon’, and will also read a selection of Jamaican short stories. The main text they will use is ‘A Journey to Jo’burg’ by Beverley Naidoo. As part of their learning, children will recognise features of this story genre and use the text to explore characters’ feelings and the reasons why they act the way they do using a variety of role play techniques. Children will practise using evidence from the text to support their hypothesis and will also consider the writer’s use of language to create images and atmosphere. Children will build a toolkit of writing strategies to use in creating their own complete story that they will read to an audience using voices for different characters and including story language. They will also complete a variety of short writing pieces and practise using the grammar and punctuation skills that will also be taught and embedded into their learning. In guided reading this term, we will continue to use reciprocal reading and focus on the skills of predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising sections of the text. At home, it would be helpful if you could encourage your child to practise the skill of summarizing a short piece of text in one or two sentences, picking out the main points.
Mathematics for Year 3
In Les Ananas we will begin a new term with a focus of Fractions and measure, we will do this by identifying different fractions and then using that to order and compare it to others. 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.
Mathematics for Year 4
In term 6, children will gather, interpret and present both discrete and continuous data using graphical methods, for example bar charts with different scales and time graphs. They will go on to solve problems involving interpretation of information presented in graphical form or in tables. Children will apply their knowledge of written and mental calculations when answering questions about the data and will also discuss the value of presenting information in tables, pictograms, bar charts and line graphs and evaluate the effectiveness of each type of presentation. Children will also compare and classify shapes using increasingly challenging criteria and will compare and classify angles. Children will secure their knowledge and understanding of mental and written calculation skills in a variety of contexts. They will continue to explore decision making around which method is the most efficient for the numbers involved. Children will also practise using the skills of estimating and using the inverse to check their answer to a calculation and will solve a variety of one-step and two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operation to use and why. Throughout the term, we will continue to practise times tables, using patterns of similar calculations and counting on and back in a variety of different steps and other number skills.
The focus for the beginning of this term is ‘Animals Including Humans, which will then lead onto. The children will build on their understanding ‘Animals including Humans’ and explore different ways of comparing them. For example, the children will be exploring how to classify animals due to characteristics of their choice. Food chains and key vocabulary such as predator and prey and what animals need to survive. They will continue to develop skills in planning, obtaining, presenting and evaluating evidence though weekly investigations.
Our theme this term is learning about ‘Physical Dover, with a specific focus around The coast. 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; Samphire Hoe, Coastlines, Cliffs, Erosion and Landforms.
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 Tennis, Cricket and Athletics, 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.
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 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.