Autumn Term Curriculum
Dear Parents and Carers,
RE: Year 3 and 4 Autumn Term
We hope you had a restful holiday and we look forward to working in partnership with you, so your child receives the best possible support for their learning.
Home learning will be set in accordance with the school’s home learning policy which is available on the school’s website.
This will be sent out every Monday. This will involve doing research on our topics, maths and spellings. Maths home learning will usually be a mental activity however your child may have written learning to complete from time to time.
Spellings will be tested every Monday so please take time to practise these words with your child. Children are also expected to read to an adult for at least 15 minutes each night; you must sign and write a comment in their reading record to confirm that you have read to your child. Your child’s teacher or class teaching assistant will also read with your child once a week. We have library sessions once a week, so children can change books then. It is important that the children return their library book each week so that they can take a different book home. If a book is lost or damaged it will incur a cost of £5.00 to replace it.
This term we shall be developing and practising our mental maths skills regularly, concentrating on times tables and adding and subtracting three and four digit numbers. We will be developing our understanding of place value including decimals. We will also be looking at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be revising time and building on the learning we have done so far.
During our English lessons we will spend time looking at narratives, instruction and poetry. We will be developing our writing and speaking skills - retelling and performing parts of what we have heard and re-writing our own narratives using our own thoughts and ideas. By the end of this unit we will have created our own fairy-tales and written instructions based on food recipes.
We will start the school term with the topic of ‘Our class Saints’ which are as follows:
Year 3 – Miss Emon – St Clare patron saint of eyes and television
Year 3/4 – Miss Chappel – St George patron saint of England
Year 4 – Mrs Brampton – St John the Apostle patron saint of friendship and loyalty
We will also be looking at the Beginning with the church. We will be looking at the three sacraments of welcome in the church and engage in discussions of how we can be welcoming to others.
This term we will be learning about Chang Dynasty. We will be looking at map reading, recording places, human and physical Geography, comparing lifestyles between the past and present and much, much more! We encourage the children to research and read as much as possible on this subject; any information they wish to share with their class will be greatly welcomed!
In Science this term we will be using a range of investigative skills as we learn about electricity. We will look at what items use electricity and how they work. We will be building circuits and buzzers to further improve our understanding.
We shall be continuing to learn how to use the computers safely, how to blog and how to use a range of programs on the iPads and the laptops. Please continue to check the class blogs and encourage your children to post and comment on them.
We shall be using recycled materials and papier-mâché to design and make our own masks related to our Chang Dynasty topic.
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
We will incorporate a new program into our weekly routine called P4C which is a thinking skills program. The aim of this program is not to turn children into philosophers but to help them become more thoughtful, more reflective, more reasonable individuals.
The term will start with work on the theme of New Beginnings – thinking about how we can develop a purposeful learning environment in our classroom and what our goals for year five are and how we can work together to achieve them. Later in the term we will also be thinking about our relationships and friendships in our work on Getting on and Falling Out.
UNICEF Rights Respecting School’s Award
We will continue to learn about children’s rights and the differences between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. As part of our school’s journey into achieving Level 2 of ‘Rights Respecting School’. We will also continue to learn about the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) different articles that were created to make sure that every child’s basic needs are met. For more information about Unicef’s Rights Respecting School and it’s award visit: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
This term we shall be focusing on tennis. We shall be working on our general fitness. PE kits must remain in school and will be sent home for each holiday. PE is an important part of your child’s curriculum and participation helps develop a positive outlook to health and fitness, therefore it is essential that all children participate in lessons. Please note that if children miss three lessons in a half term because they do not have their PE kit in school they will miss a portion of their play, as is school policy on incorrect uniform.
Drop Everything and Read
This year we are continuing our ‘Drop Everything and Read’ sessions. This means that every Friday afternoon everybody at St Anne’s (adults and children alike) will have thirty minutes to stop whatever they are doing and read a book of their choice. This could be your library book or a book that you have brought in from home. We really hope that these sessions in which we are all reading for pleasure will help to foster your child’s love of reading. Please help ensure that your child is ready for these sessions by ensuring that they bring a reading book into school on a Friday. Later in the year we will be inviting parents to come and join us, details will follow in due course.
Suggested trips / websites to support learning
If you wanted to support your children’s learning outside school, the British Museum and the Museum of London both have a lot of information and historical artefacts related to the medieval period. The Science Museum has a number of hands-on interactive exhibitions that would link very well with our Science learning this term.
Should you have any questions about any of the above please contact the office to make an appointment.
Mrs. Brampton, Miss Emon and Miss Chapple
Year Three and Four