Years 3 & 4

Autumn 2018
Teacher: Mrs Pyatt

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Scoffield and Mrs Stapleton will support individual and groups of children within class. Mrs Hornbuckle will cover PPA Monday mornings.

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

Areas of work for this term
In English we will begin by studying a range of instructional texts and their features. Our World War 2 theme will be explored further through the study of ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’ by Shirley Hughes. The children will also read ‘My Secret War Diary’ by Flossie Albright. We will be developing reading skills through discussion of the texts and the children will have opportunities to read to the rest of the class. We will write for a range of purposes including short stories, diary entries and explanation texts. There will also be chances for children to engage with drama activities. The class will continue to focus on spellings and sentence construction. A key area for the children is learning to spell a range of homophones and tricky words (please see spelling list below).

In Maths we will be starting with a strong focus on place value and then moving on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is really important that the children have a secure understanding of numbers up to and beyond 1000. 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. As the children move into Key Stage 2, written methods become increasingly important, therefore we will revisit them regularly.

Our main focus for the term is ‘World War 2’ and this will feed through into English, History, Geography and Art.

Science Changing States- Autumn 1
Super Scientist- Autumn 2
ICT Keeping safe online
History World War 2. Children will learn about the importance of World War 2 within British history. The focus will be on key events and figures during this period. The children will learn about how the war affected children’s lives through the study of evacuation and rationing.
Art Children will learn to record patterns and colours from first hand observations. To learn to mix and match colours through painting.
Design Technology They will be given opportunities to design, make and evaluate foods that would have been eaten by children during the war years.

Homework

Homework will be given out in a book on a Thursday. It must be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Please support and encourage your child when completing tasks as follow up work at home provides a great opportunity to reinforce learning.

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

Reading

Please encourage your child to read regularly to an adult and record this in their reading diary. They should ensure that their reading diary is signed by you or another adult at least three times a week; so that we know they are reading at home. We will check that 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 a 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). As we have football & hockey this term all children will require shinpads. For PE, children need to ensure they have uniform in-line with the uniform policy and it must be labelled.

Thank you in advance 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