Autumn Term Year 3/4
Welcome back to Year 3 & 4 and the start of the new school year. I hope you have had an enjoyable break and enjoyed some of the wonderful weather we had. We have lots of exciting learning opportunities during this term that I hope the children will enjoy taking part in as much as I have enjoyed planning them.
Below is some key information about Year 3 & 4 and the subject areas we cover.
During our Maths lessons, we will not only cover new concepts but we will also ensure that children have time to consolidate their previous learning. The focus at the beginning of this term will be on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be completing a weekly times challenge, “Cracking Times Tables”, on a Friday. We ask that you support your children in practising their multiplication tables at home as it will help them enormously. Children, who have a good grasp of their tables, recalling them automatically, are much better equipped to deal with more complex maths work as they get older.
We will be focussing on narrative fiction and recounts in Literacy and linking to our topics of Famous Painters and Light by reading The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and Journey by Aaron Becker. There will be a continuing focus on reading during Literacy lessons and Guided Reading sessions. Spelling, alongside specific aspects of grammar and punctuation, will be taught within the Literacy lessons with the addition of a specific Spelling lessons based on the children’s spelling on a Monday.
P.E. will be taught on Tuesday afternoons and as part of our Skillforce sessions on Friday mornings. Both outdoor and indoor kits are required in school for our Tuesday lesson. Ideally the children’s PE kits should remain in school and be taken home on a Friday if it needs to be washed. 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 provided to cover them.
Homework is a positive opportunity for parents to be involved in their child’s learning. It enables children to practise and consolidate skills as well as broadening the context of learning and provide enrichment and extension. The most important aspect, however, is the quality and effort that the children put into the task, it should never be too onerous nor should it ever create stress. If for any reason homework cannot be completed, please inform me via the Homework Book or encourage your child to come and tell me.
Homework Grids will be handed out at the beginning of each half term and consist of a choice of 9 different activities that allow the children to choose their learning. Homework Books are sent home on a Friday and are due in the following Thursday. Spellings are sent home on a Friday and are tested on the following Friday. Reading Records will also be checked on a Thursday. Please use Reading Records to record your child’s daily reading (at least 15mins for Year 3 & 4 children).
We encourage the children to stay hydrated throughout the school day and therefore ask that they have a named water bottle at school every day. Encourage your children to bring their water bottle home every day to be cleaned and refilled.
Please ensure all of your child’s belongings are clearly named as this helps us return lost items throughout the year.
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, in person, by phone or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange an appointment or catching myself on the playground at the end of the day.