Dear Parents and Carers,
RE: Year 3 and 4 Summer 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.
We will start the school term with the topic of ‘Islam’ as part of our topic of other religions. We will also be looking at what it means to be a Christian. Children will be discussing how Christians act as well as identifying the reasons why believers behave a certain way. We will also look at loving our neighbour, the life of St Paul and using our gifts to help others.
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 co-ordinates (Y4), area, length and perimeter (Y3 &4). We will also be looking at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be revising the topics we have covered across the year.
During our English lessons we will spend time looking at biblical narratives reflecting on the story of Abraham. We will also be focusing on the text ‘The battle of Bubble and Squeak’ by Philippa Pearce. Pupils will be developing their writing and speaking skills by writing a letter from different perspectives. We will also be exploring and reciting various types of poetry top develop our speaking and listening skills.
This term, Year 3/4 and Year 4 will be working with pupils from Thomas Buxton on an exciting project called the Abraham Project where we focus on three main faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islam and explore how these faiths are united through Abraham. Children from both schools will work together through art and drama to learn about Abraham’s life and will be creating a production where they share what they have learned. Our production will be on Friday 12th July at 1:45pm in Thomas Buxton. All are welcome to attend.
In Science this term we will be using a range of investigative skills as we learn about magnets and forces. We will exploring and experimenting with magnets and will be predicting whether two magnets will attract or repel each other. We will also create our own scientific enquiry based on this. We will also be focusing on how the earth and other planets orbit the sun in our space topic.
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. Our topics will be based on the themes Christianity, success and overcoming issues.
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 four and five are and how we can work together to achieve them. We will also be having SRE lessons and will be recapping some aspects of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools program and thinking about how children everywhere have particular rights and responsibilities.
This term we are following a scheme of work for Cricket. Children will be developing in throwing, catching, fielding and teamwork. As a part of our unit children will be learning the skills to play a match of cricket. 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. 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.
Art/Design and Technology:
During this term children will be taking part in the Abraham project using a variety of mediums to create props for a joint production with Thomas Buxton. We will be designing and creating using paint, papier-mâché, cutting and folding as well as sculpting with clay.
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.
Home learning will be set in accordance with the school’s home learning policy which is available on the school’s website.
Maths home learning will usually be a mental activity however your child may have written learning to complete from time to time.
As you know, it is essential that your child reads a wide range of genres (i.e. fiction, non-fiction, newspapers) and develops a good reading habit to help with their comprehension, writing and vocabulary. Children are 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. We kindly request that you oversee the reading record by adding your signature at least once a week.
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. These spellings will include words from the year 3/4 spelling list which is a list of spellings published in the National Curriculum which children must learn by the end of their primary education. Children may be given additional spellings if we feel that they need to be challenged further.
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 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.
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