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Welcome to Year 3/4

 

 

 

 

Hello, Year 3-4! My name is Mr Cooper and I am your class teacher. I will update this page with all the different learning we will be doing for the rest of the year and make sure you have everything you need to log on to Seesaw for your home learning. Spellings are set out below.

 

Message for parents/carers

 

Thank you so much for all your continued efforts with children's home learning, especially reading, spellings and times tables it has been very appreciated and will help with your child's learning in school. 

 

PE this half term will be on a Monday and Friday.  All PE will be outdoors, can I please ask again that you ensure children are wearing the correct PE uniform in school colours navy and white as this has not always been happening.  Children do not need a seperate jumper or hoddie for PE they can wear their usual school jumper or cardigan if needed.

 

Most of the class have now mastered their 3,4 and 8 times tables, those that need to will continue to work on these.   TT rockstars will really help with this and children can win prizes and house points for most games played.  If your child has moved on from these targets they will be set the appropriate times tables for their level each week.

 

All children have now completed the accelerated reader assessment and have a new recommended reading range based on not only their word reading but also their comprehension skills.  Each time a child finishes a book they will take a comprehension quiz which will track their reading progress alongside other assessment tools used in school. 

 

This page will be updated each half term so that you can see what your child will be learning at each stage of the school year.

 

Please remember to read with your child every evening and sign their reading record as this is such an important part of their learning.  Try and discuss the text to ensure understanding and improve vocabulary.

 

Each child should be secure with their 2, 5 and 10 times tables by now, if not, please practice at home.  Each week your child will be assessed on a new times table until the reach 12 times tables, they will know what level they are on each week.   These will be tested on a Friday along with spellings.

 

 

 

 

 

English

 

To begin our English learning this half-term, we will be focusing on the classic story by Roald Dahl – The Twits. The Twits was first published in 1980 and yet it still manages to make us laugh! We will be reading the story throughout the half-term to find out about the horrific Mr and Mrs Twit and discover all the ridiculous pranks on each other. We will be working towards creating a newspaper report all about some of the events in the story and we will be learning to include fronted adverbials and direct speech to add detail to our writing. Towards the end of the half-term we will write a set of instructions for our own Worm Spaghetti and creating some poetry all about Mr Twit’s beard.

 

For our Guided Reading sessions, we will be focusing on applying our growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that we discover. We will also be reading further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word. An important focus of our sessions will be checking that the text makes sense and discussing our understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context. Over the holidays, try to spend some time reading different styles of texts and practising your word reading and comprehension as much as possible

 

 

Maths

 

To start this half term we will be consolidating our multiplication and division knowledge solving increasingly complex calculations.  We will move on from using pictorial representations to learning the column method for multiplication. 

We will be comparing statements and identifying patterns and related calculations and moving on to multiplying 2 digit by 1 digit numbers with an exchange.

In division we will be dividing 100 into 2, 4, 5 and 10 equal parts as well as dividing a 2 digit number by a one digit number and dividing with remainders. 

 

Topic

This half-term our Topic will be The UK and rivers.

We will be learning to name and locate geographical regions of the UK and their identifying physical and human characteristics, including some cities and some topographical features including hills, mountains and rivers. We will also be using globes, maps, digital/computer mapping (Google Earth) to name geographical regions and see land patterns. When we focus on rivers, we will be discussing our local rivers and how pollution is affecting them. We will be acting as global citizens and going on a litter pick of our local area and we will be attempting create a pointillist paintings like the images created by Seurat.

 

Science

Our Science topic for this half-term is Animals including humans.

We will be learning to explain how living things obtain food and why animals including humans need the right type of nutrients. As well as this, we will be comparing and grouping animals by their diet and attempting to sort animals based on their skeletons and identify and name the bones in our skeleton. At the very end other topic, we will be conducting an investigation to understand why we need muscles to move.

 

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Home Learning

 

Please continue with the fabulous work in your learning logs this half term's homework board has been given out. The children are able to choose one activity they wish to complete each week from their homework board and we ask that this is completed in their learning log and brought back to school on a Monday morning. The children will have chance to share their home learning with their peers on Thursday afternoons before the books are sent home. 

Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday.

 

Yoga Activities.

Use the yoga resources to practice different yoga poses.  Aim to hold each pose for at least 10 seconds making sure you are breathing steadily and counting slowly.  Once you get used to some of the poses you may be able to hold them for longer. 

Yoga improves flexibility, strength, balance, coordination and motor skills.  It also helps children to recognise  and honour their emotions, learning to trust their instincts.

Yoga promotes breathing techniques that increase energy and decrease anxiety providing effective coping strategies for stress.

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