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.
This will be sent out every Monday. This will involve doing research on our topics, maths and spellings. Spellings will be set on Monday. Children will be asked to write extended, imaginative sentences for their ten spellings to consolidate their understanding of the words they are learning. They will then be tested on the spellings the following Monday. Children may be given additional spellings if we feel that they need to be challenged further.
Children are also expected to read for at least 20-25 minutes a night and to write a comment in their reading record. This comment might be a summary, a prediction about the text, and observations about a character or new/unfamiliar words that they have encountered. Please oversee the reading record and sign their reading record at least once a week.
Our focus this year will also be on the multiplication tables. Your child will be expected to practise their times tables daily. In Year 3 the focus is on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 multiplication tables. In Year 4, children must know the multiplication tables up to and including 12x12 by heart.
This term we will 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 using technical vocabulary based on the Stone Age and the Iron Age. We will be developing our writing and speaking skills by retelling and performing parts of what we have heard and re-writing our own narratives using our own thoughts and ideas. We will also be exploring and reciting various types of poetry top develop our speaking and listening skills.
We will start the school term with the topic of ‘Our class Saints’. We will also be looking at the Christian Family. We will be learning about belonging a family, the Family of the Church and joining the Family of the Church. We will also learn about The Sacrament and signs and symbols of Baptism. As part of our learning and understanding of other Faiths, we will learn about Judaism.
This term we will be learning about The Stone Age and Iron Age. We will be using evidence to describe differences between the Stone and the Iron Age and how it differs from how we live today. We will record places, human and physical geography, compare 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 light and sound. We will look at what light and sounds are located around us and the impact they have on our lives.
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.
This term we will be looking at how to improve our communication skills and learning through questioning.
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. We will also be recapping some aspects of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools program and thinking about how children everywhere have particular rights and responsibilities. Later in the term we will also be thinking about our relationships and friendships in our work on Getting on and Falling Out.
This term we shall be focusing on football. We shall be working on our general fitness. It is really important that the children have their P.E kit in school so they can fully participate in this crucial part of their curriculum. PE kits must remain in school and will be sent home for each holiday.
Suggested trips / websites to support learning
If you wanted to support your children’s learning outside school, the Science Museum and the Museum of London both have a lot of information and historical artefacts related to the topics. . The Science Museum has a number of hands-on interactive exhibitions that would link very well with our Science learning this term.
Rights Respecting School:
This term we will also be looking at the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) focusing on different articles. We will continue to learn that every child has rights which cannot be taken away from them and focusing on the different ways that both adults and children can respect children’s rights. Look on the school website for more details about our Right Respecting School journey.
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.
Art/Design and Technology:
During this term children will make replicas of different Stone Age and Iron Age tools and masks. We will be researching different designs and patterns used in the Iron Age and use this as inspiration for our own artwork.
We look forward to supporting you in developing your child to reach their full potential.
Should you have any questions please contact the office to make an appointment.
Mrs. Brampton, Mrs Harrison and Miss Chapple
Year Three and Four