Years 3 & 4

Welcome to Class 3 and the Spring Term 2020

Teacher: Mrs Louise Pearson

Class Cover:  Mrs Hornbuckle every Monday morning and Friday afternoon

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Stapleton, Mrs Holmes & Mrs Gammon

The School Day:

Morning:       9.00 – 12.30(Break time 10.55 – 11.05 Assembly 9.10 – 9.30)

Lunchtime:   12.30 – 1.35

Afternoon:    1.35 – 3.25


ENGLISH

We will be using a selection of stimulus for our work in English this term.

We will begin by using a picture book, ‘Tell me a Dragon’ by Jackie Morris to produce some descriptive writing and we will then look at a selection of poems both to recite and perform. Next we will look at a short story written by Pie Corbett and the children will structure their own short stories based on the techniques modelled in this. Towards the end of the Spring Term, we will use a short film to produce a simple story.

MATHS

Topics covered this term will be as follows

Year 3

Multiplication, multiplying a 2-digt number by a 1-digit number.

Dividing a 2-digt number by a 1-digit number.  Using the grid and short written method.

Equivalent lengths and using kilometres.

Adding and subtracting lengths

Equivalents fractions and fractions of an amount

Year 4

Multiplication and division; multiplying and dividing a 2-digt number by a 1-digit number as well as multiplying and dividing a 3–digit number by a 1-digit number. Using the grid and short written method.

Measuring the perimeter and area of a shape.

Equivalents fractions and calculating fractions of an amount.

GEOGRAPHY

Our work in Geography will centre around the topic of ‘Trading places’, looking at locating various places and significant rivers in the United Kingdom. 

Design Technology will see the children making and designing bread and exploring cheese from different counties.  This will end with a picnic.

In computing the children will be designing their own webpages, encouraging children to get baking!

Sound and Light will be the focus of our science work.

HOMEWORK

Each week the children will be given homework to complete as independently as possible. This will consist of 2 set pieces. One piece of will focus on maths, supporting our learning in class and the second piece will be practising spelling rules. Once again this will support work carried out in the class.

As well as this, they will be EXPECTED to use both Spelling Shed and Times Table Rock Stars regularly and I will be monitoring their efforts, rewarding effort as usual.  

There is an on-going piece of reading homework this term and details have been given out in the children’s homework books.

Homework will be given out on Monday and will need to be handed in on a Friday.

If homework is not returned on a Friday, it will not be marked until the following week.

READING

I would ask that your child continues to read to you at least 3 times over the course of a week and that you record this in their school reading diary.  As with last year, if their reading is recorded in their diary, they will receive a raffle ticket that will be entered in our termly reading raffle.

WHOLE CLASS READING & TEXTS

The children will take part in a whole class reading session, once a week.  This is where all the children, regardless of reading ability and year group, have access to the same text.  The children may take it in turns to read to each other, may listen to an adult read or indeed may read independently.  Following this, they will take part in various activities linked to the text. The activities are planned to develop the children’s vocabulary and inference skills, as well as promote discussion about the text.

We will begin reading Mr Stink by David Walliams.   Next will be a collection of poems and short stories by Anthony Horowitz.  Finally, we will explore a non-fiction text but I am still deciding on which one the children will enjoy!

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Our PE sessions will be on a Monday’s and Tuesday’s now but it is helpful if PE kits are kept in school all week.  Just a reminder that EVERYTHING should be clearly labelled and in a suitable bag.  Hair should always be tided back and NO jewellery can be worn for PE.

The children are responsible for their own belongings.