Spring Term 2018 Year 3/4
Below is some key information about Year 3&4 and the subject areas we cover.
We will be following the national curriculum, which will not only cover new concepts but will also ensure that children have time to consolidate their previous learning. This term’s focus will include: Please practise multiplication tables regularly with your children as it will help them enormously. Children need to know their answers automatically, without having to think about them and those who have a good grasp of these facts are much better equipped to deal with more complex maths work as they get older. We will also be taking part in our weekly “Cracking Times Tables” challenge on a Thursday where children are tested on their multiplication facts, as well as related division facts on some of the higher levels, to enable them to progress to the next level in the challenge.
During our English lessons we will be developing our planning, writing, editing and grammar skills using William Shakespeare as our theme. We will be studying Romeo and Juliet as well as some of Shakespeare’s other works and using them to explore genres such as playscripts and narratives. Our Monday English lesson will also have a dedicated grammar focus to support the learning and application of the grammar terminology within the National Curriculum. There will be a continuing focus on reading during both English lessons and Guided Reading lessons. Spellings will be taught within English lessons as well as separately on a Monday morning where the children will focus on activities based around their spelling patterns for their Spelling test on Friday mornings. The test will be completed in the back of the children’s orange Spelling book and children will be given new spellings on a Friday.
PE will be taught on Thursday (Swimming for some Year 4s) or PE and Friday mornings. Both outdoor and indoor kits, including trainers, are required in school for these lessons as the British weather can be very unpredictable. Children also need to ensure long hair is tied up as well as watches, jewellery and earrings are removed to ensure safety within lessons. If earrings cannot be removed, we ask that tape is used to cover them.
Homework is a positive opportunity for you and your child to spend time together and discuss learning. The most important aspect is the quality and effort that the children put into the task, it should never be too onerous nor should it ever create stress. Therefore the amount of time spent on homework will differ with each child. If for any reason homework cannot be completed please inform me via the homework book.
A task from the term’s homework grid will be due in on a Thursday. There are several starred tasks on the grid which children must complete. These tasks, along with the others, can be completed in any order and presented in any way the children choose.
Spellings, as mentioned above, are sent home on a Friday and are to be tested on the following Friday.
It is expected that in Year 3&4 children complete at least 15 minutes of daily reading and recorded in the children’s reading record. It is important that children read a wide range of literature from poetry and stories to information books and newspapers as well as understanding what they read. To support their reading, children can be asked to discuss what they are reading and comment on how it makes them feel, what they think may happen next and the type of language that is being used.
It is important for children to stay hydrated during the day to support their learning, health and focus. Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day and so need a named refillable bottle in school.
If you have any questions regarding your children or their learning, please do not hesitate in contacting me. This can either be done by contacting the office or in person to arrange an appointment or catching myself on the playground at the end of the day.