Years 3 & 4

Teachers: Mrs Pyatt until February half term & Miss Copley from after February half term

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Hornbuckle, Mrs Scoffield & Mrs Stapleton

The School Day:
Morning: 9.00 – 12.30 (Assembly: 9.10 -9.30 Break:10.50– 11.05)
Lunchtime: 12.30 – 1.35
Afternoon: 1.35 – 3.25

Areas of work for this term

In English we will be studying a range of short texts which will encourage the children to practise and develop their reading skills. We will be encouraging this through discussion of the text and the children will have opportunities to read both as a class and discuss the text in small groups. We will also explore a short story which will enable them to write their own story and a diary entry. Throughout their writing children will continue to develop their knowledge and use of grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence construction. Spelling is a really important aspect of writing and vital for ensuring children meet end of year expectations. Please see spelling list attached.

In Maths we will be starting to learn about how to find the area and perimeter of shapes. We will continue our strong focus on multiplication and division, before moving on to fractions and decimals later in the term. Children in Year 3 will be working on knowing their 3, 4 and 8 times tables fluently and children in Year 4 will be working on knowing tables up to 12x12. The children will then use this knowledge to solve problems and deepen their understanding.

Our main focus for the term is ‘Our Changing Planet’ so our topic lessons will link to this.
Science - Animals and Humans
Geography - Our Changing Planet/Map skills
Art Lowry - Children will experiment with this style for portrait and structural paintings.
PE - Football, Netball

Homework

Homework will continue to be given out in a book on a Thursday. It must be returned to school by the following Wednesday. This allows us time to sort out for the following day, so we would be really grateful if you could help your child to remember to bring it in.

Each week the book will normally (not always!) include the following:

• An English activity (e.g. worksheet, reading comprehension or short piece of writing)
• A Maths activity (this may be a practical activity, a worksheet or something to practise)
• A spelling activity based on our spelling rule for the week (given on a Monday)

Reading

Children should be reading regularly to an adult and recording this in their reading diary. They should ensure that their reading diary is signed by you or another adult at least once a week; so that we know they are remembering to bring books home and practise. We will check diaries are signed every Friday.

Clothing and Belongings

Cloakroom space is limited so please ensure your child does not bring more to school than is necessary. The only items children need to be bringing on a daily basis are reading books and diary, water bottle / snack (if desired, fruit is available everyday) and packed lunch (if needed). Some children seem to bring bags much larger than needed and this can make our cloakroom very difficult to manage!
Please ensure all clothing is labelled.

PE Kit

Children should have their PE kit in school at all times. If possible, please ensure this is contained in a small drawstring bag (again saving on cloakroom space). For PE, children need to ensure they have uniform in-line with the school uniform policy and it must be labelled. Shinpads will be required for football.

Thank you for your support. If you ever have any queries, please feel free to ask.

 

English: Spelling Word list – Years 3 and 4


accident(ally)
actual(ly)
address
answer
appear
arrive
believe
bicycle
breath
breathe
build
busy/business
calendar
caught
centre
century
certain
circle
complete
consider
continue
decide
describe
different
difficult
disappear
early
earth
eight/eighth
enough
exercise
experience
experiment
extreme
famous
favourite
February
forward(s)
fruit
grammar
group
guard
guide
heard
heart
height
history
imagine
increase
important
interest
island
knowledge
learn
length
library
material
medicine
mention
minute
natural
naughty
notice
occasion(ally)
often
opposite
ordinary
particular
peculiar
perhaps
popular
position
possess(ion)
possible
potatoes
pressure
probably
promise
purpose
quarter
question
recent
regular
reign
remember
sentence
separate
special
straight
strange
strength
suppose
surprise
therefore
though/although
thought
through
various
weight
woman/women

 

Homophones

there/their/they’re
accept/except
affect/effect
ball/bawl
berry/bury
brake/break
fair/fare
grate/great
groan/grown
here/hear
heel/heal/he’ll
knot/not
mail/male
main/mane
meat/meet
medal/meddle
missed/mist
peace/piece
plain/plane
rain/rein/reign
scene/seen
weather/whether
whose/who’s