Years 3 & 4

Spring 2018

Teacher: Miss Rebecca Copley

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Rosemary Gammon & Mrs Carla Stapleton and intervention support from Mrs Scoffield

The School Day:

Morning:             9.00 – 12.30

Break:                  10.50 – 11.05 

Assembly:         11.05 – 11.20 

Lunchtime:        12.30 – 1.35

Afternoon:           1.35 – 3.25

Areas of work for this term

In English we will be studying ‘Katie Morag’ which will link closely to our history topic ‘Scotland’. We will be developing reading skills through discussion of the text and the children will have opportunities to read to the rest of the class and discuss the text in small groups. We will write a range of texts including instructions and diary entries. Throughout these pieces of 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 on area for year 4 and money for year 3. We will then have a 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. We will begin to look at the written method for multiplication as well as continuing to practise column addition and subtraction.

Our main focus for the term is ‘Scotland’ so our History and Geography lessons will link to this.

 

Science

States of matter- solid, liquids and gases

Geography

Scotland - landscape

History

Scottish invasion - through learning about the Anglo Saxons, Picts and Scots

Art

Lowry - Children will experiment with this style for portrait and structural paintings.

PE

Football, Volleyball

 

Homework

Homework will be given out in a book on a Wednesday. It must be returned to school by the following Tuesday. 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 new uniform policy and it must be labelled. Shinpads will be required for football.

Teaching Arrangements from February Half Term

After February Half Term, I will be starting my maternity leave and the Governors have appointed Mrs Jayne Cooper to teach Class 3 in my absence. Mrs Cooper regularly teaches in the school and is well known by all the children.

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