Years 3 & 4

Teacher: Miss Copley     

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 using our class book ‘The Hundred-Mile an-Hour Dog’. Children will be writing diary entries, letters, short stories and poetry, where they can practise and develop their reading and writing skills. We will be encouraging this through discussion of the texts. There will be opportunities to read both as a class and discuss the text in small groups as well as drama activities. Throughout their writing children will continue to develop their knowledge and use of grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence construction. We have worked hard on self-evaluation. Class three have been working hard on their editing skills to improve and develop their own work and style. 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 continuing with fractions and decimals and then we will move onto measurement and money.  We will continue our strong focus on multiplication and division through Times Tables Rockstars. The children should use this knowledge to solve problems and deepen their understanding of calculations.  Children also complete My Mini Maths activities each morning to review and consolidate a variety of areas along with the four main functions; multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.

Our main focus for the term is ‘Leicestershire so our topic lessons will link to this.

 

Science

Electricity and sound

Geography/

History

Leicestershire, map skills, time lines and comparisons.

Art

Children will experiment with different techniques such as different brush strokes, sketching and will use different mediums; watercolour, charcoal and acrylic.

PE

Cricket, rounders and athletics.

 

Homework

Homework will be given out on 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)

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.

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