Welcome to Year 3/4D!
Hello everyone, I am looking forward to seeing you all again and to start our year 3/4 learning journey after such a long time away from school. I hope you are as excited as I am, we have lots of exciting learning planned for your first half term and will be focussing on settling in, getting to know each other and learning your new routine. In year 3/4 we will work on your independence and encourage you to take risks and challenge yourself in your learning so that you become a more confident member of KS2.
Message for parents/carers
Thank you so much for all your efforts during the past few months with all the children's home learning, it has been very appreciated and will help with your child's return to school in September. 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.
We will also be focusing on our times tables this year, each child should be secure with their 2, 5 and 10 times tables by now, if not, please practice at home. Each week we will have a new times table focus, our first full week back we will be learning our 3 times tables and these will be tested on a Friday along with spellings.
At the bottom of the page, I have attached the homework and spelling sheets for this half-term and also some useful links which will help you with your learning. As it has been a while since you have seen school and our learning environment, I have attached some pictures of what our classroom will look like when you return in September and the welcome booklet you received on your transition day.
To begin our English learning this half-term, we will be focusing on a picture book by Sarah Roberts called ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’. The thought-provoking picture book charts the eventful journey made by Stanley, a discarded plastic carrier bag, who is swept into the sea. As he drifts through the ocean waves, he is mistaken for a jellyfish and swallowed by a series of unsuspecting animals. We will be working towards writing a letter to the author to discuss how we feel about her book. To do this we are going to be learning about sequencing, sentence structure using compound and complex sentences and the use of conjunctions. We will also spend this time recapping some of our learning from previous year groups and consolidating the range of skills that have already been taught such as capital letters, full stops and other punctuation where necessary.
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 summer holidays, try to spend some time reading different styles of texts and practising your word reading and comprehension ready for September.
Our first Maths topic for this school year will be Place Value. During this topic, we will be recapping our number work that we have learnt in previous year groups and then moving onto counting from 0 in multiples of 50 and 100, and finding 10 and 100 more or less than a given number. As well as learning to identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, we will also be reading and writing numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words. We will also be beginning to learn about rounding any number to the nearest 10 or 100. Throughout the year, we will also be working on our times table knowledge and by the end of Year 3 pupils are expected to know their 2,3,5,8 and 10 times tables although we will be practicing right up to our 12s. In preparation for this, it would be helpful to practice as much as possible at home and play on TT Rockstars.
This half-term our Topic will be Settlements and Land use with a Geography focus. Settlement are a place where people establish a community. Settlements can vary in size from the very small (a house) to extremely large (a city). They can be permanent or temporary and they start in different places for different reasons - protection, building materials, water for drinking, food and crops and flat land for building easily. Since prehistory the settlements and land use of the UK have changed and will continue to change. During our Topic lessons, we will be learning to locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe concentrating on its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. We will also be using fieldwork to observe, measure, record and investigate the local area, looking at types of shops, services and houses. We will also be linking our Topic to our learning on the Children’s rights and making PSHE links throughout the half-term.
Our Science topic for this half term is Forces and Magnets. We will begin the topic by learning to identify forces as pushes and pulls and describe friction as a force that slows objects down. We will use practical materials to feel the pulling force of a magnet and sort real life materials according to whether they are magnetic or not. As we get further into the topic, we will create an investigation into magnet strength and make predictions for our experiments. Using the data that we collect, we will learn to construct a bar chart on labelled axes form a conclusion from our results.
We will begin our RE learning this year with the topic of Homes. In this topic we will, explore the family of God and how God is present in every home and how this is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home through good times and bad times. We will be asking ourselves questions such as; What does the word ‘family’ mean to you? What people do you associate with ‘family’? What joys and sorrows do you remember of family life? Throughout the topic, we will make links to PSHE and circle time in which we will learn to discuss our thoughts in a safe space and understand those of others. We will also link our learning to the Scripture: John 13: 34 ‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.’
You will be given a learning log at the start of the year with this half term's homework board at the front. The children are able to choose which 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 Friday morning. The children will have chance to share their home learning with their peers on Friday afternoons.
Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday.
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.