Hello, and a warm welcome to all. On this page, you will find all of the useful information that you will need for the term ahead in Year 3/4. If you cannot find any information that you are looking for, please do not hesitate to speak to me on the playground or pass a message onto the office by email or by phone call and I will get back to you.
Miss Lees is the Class Teacher with Mrs Smith as our Teaching Assistant. We also have Miss Vallender, Mrs Kent (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and Miss Coffey (Monday and Tuesday) working as 1:1's in the class. Mr Lake is Class Teacher, covering PPA, on a Tuesday every week.
What's happening in class?
Our P.E slots are on a Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a name P.E kit (blue/navy shorts, navy/blue sweatshirt, a white T-shirt, trainers/pumps for outdoors) in school. As the term progresses, the weather usually becomes significantly colder but we still always endeavour to go outside, so please feel free to send in a pair of plain jogging trousers and jumper for your child to wear. Please remember, your child is not allowed to participate in P.E wearing earrings so will need to either remove them or cover with tape. Please send in some medical tape if required.
Welcome Wednesday's are an opportunity for parents/carers to come in to class from the start of the day (8:30) until 8:45 to have a look at the work that children have been completing.
What are we learning this term?
In the Spring Term, we have daily handwriting sessions where the children are taught correct letter formation.
For our writing lessons, we follow the Talk for Writing principles which involve a baseline assessment and planning - 'cold' task, the imitation phase, the innovation phase and finally the Independent application and invention - 'hot' task. This term we will be working on a Recount (diary), a Warning Story (suspense toolkit), a Persuasion text (non-fiction) and a Wishing story (opening and ending toolkit).
Children have a daily spelling lesson which teaches the spelling rules from the Y3/4 programme of study as well as previous year group spelling rules which need reinforcing.
In lessons, we will still be looking over the sound families to support with spelling.
We also invest a lot of time practising the Year 3/4 spelling words and any from KS1 that are still not embedded, so the children are able to spell these words accurately when writing independently.
Homework will be linked to the spelling rule we have been learning that week in class. Please support your child with learning the rule as well as the words that are on the homework.
During Spring term, we will be starting a two week reading cycle. During week 1, we will follow a Reciprocal Reading approach throughout our sessions, encouraging children to predict, clarify, question and summarise as they explore a range of text types. We will start lessons with ‘reading between the lines’ which is a small text with clues that children have to solve. During week 2, we will be following a 'Reading for Pleasure' cycle where children will be immersed in a range of different texts and activities based on these texts to help improve their love for reading. We will also be exploring 'echo reading' to help improve children's expression when they are reading.
Children will be reading their own books, selected for them based on their levels, every day at school and we encourage children to read every night at home to support them with their reading fluency. We use 'Accelerated Reader' to test children on books they have read, where they achieve points to reach their personal targets. Children should be reading daily at home. We also aim to listen to children at least three times a week at school.
The most important thing you can do to support your child this year in maths is to help them learn all their times tables off by heart. This will speed up their numeracy skills incredibly and boost their confidence enormously. Please chant them as often as you can, firing questions to ensure they are secure.
Encourage them to play 'TTRockstars' at home too.
This is especially important in Year 4 because all children will complete a multiplication assessment in the Summer Term which will include all times tables up to 12 x 12.
As with the spelling, I will be carrying out assessments early on in the term to determine which times tables your children know and which they need to focus on next. If you need any resources or advice on how to support with this at home then please let me know and I can arrange for some resources to come home.
Daily lessons - Learning journey (Spring)
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Fractions (& decimals Y4)
Measurement: Length and Perimeter (& Area Y4)
During our History and Geography lessons this term, we will be exploring 'The Anglo-Saxons'. Specifically, we will be looking at Britain's settlements by the Anglo-Saxons and their village life. We will be comparing and contrasting way of life then to how we live now. We will be using maps and exploring where they invaded and look at more detail in why they chose these areas to settle in.
We will be further exploring the Ancient Egyptians through art and D.T (Design Technology). Children will be taught a range of skills including recording observations using different art techniques such as drawing, painting and using coal, learning about great artists and their different styles of art. We will be drawing artifacts from the Anglo-Saxon period and looking at Anglo-Saxon art and culture as well as designing and building our own Anglo-Saxon village.
Science - Rocks.
PSHCE - Relationships (Kindness and Anti-Bullying), Living in the Wider World (Health and Wellbeing and understanding Personal Change and Responsibility).
R.E - During the Spring term, we will be exploring:
'What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?'
'Why do Christians call the day Jesus died 'Good Friday'?'
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday mornings, where the children can share their work with you.
Helpful Website Links
Your child is familiar with using Education City in school, which is an absolutely fantastic website for English, Maths and Science, which school subscribes to each year. It requires an individual username and password (which your child knows & uses in school). Click here to log in.
TT Rockstars is the tool we have invested in to help children learn their times tables in a fun and modern way. Your child has their own personalised login. Click here to access the website.
A few websites linked to Reading
BBC – KS2 Bitesize – Home
This has links to all subjects for primary school aged children with areas to learn and revise. It has areas with explanations and definitions and videos to support learning.
Punctuation, English Games for 7-11 Years – Topmarks
Trapped – Punctuation. Three punctuation games where you need to punctuate paragraphs and sentences to gain the Key of Freedom to escape from the tower.
Thinkuknow – home
Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming and other forms of online communication
Crickweb | KS2 Literacy
Free Interactive Primary or Elementary Key Stage 2 ages 6-11 years, Literacy and English Teacher Resources and fun Kids Games. English learning as a second language.
Home Page : nrich.maths.org
Finding your home on NRICH. We have homes for students of different ages, teachers and parents/carers. The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners.
Planets For Kids – Solar System Facts and Astronomy
Welcome to Planets for Kids I really hope you enjoy the information that I have provided on this website. You will find lots of information about our solar system.
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids explores the fascinating world we live in. Have loads of fun discovering incredible facts and information.
Woodlands Homework Help
Woodlands site has different zones for some foundation subjects (History, Geography, RE, Art and Science) and core subjects (English and Maths). Different topics can be explored too