We hope you had an enjoyable, restful break with your family and friends and you are ready for the busy term ahead. We will remind children of our school values of Respect, Good manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. Children will be rewarded for their hard work using our awards system called dojo points. Additionally, a star worker will be chosen every day of the week and a prize will be given to the five children on Fridays.
Homework will be set on Fridays and is expected to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. Children will be given homework for spellings, reading, time tables, and maths on a weekly basis. Please ensure children complete their homework every week as parental support is very beneficial when helping children to read and complete their homework. We have introduced a new maths website in school, where each child will be given an individual username and password. Children must complete their online homework every week as it will be updated and checked weekly.
During this term, PE will be on a Tuesday Afternoon. Please ensure children have the correct PE kit: A yellow PE shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps. If your child is wearing earrings, please ensure they have been removed, or covered by plasters on this day. Year 3 will start swimming this term every Friday mornings. Please ensure children have a swimming suit and a swimming hat.
In English, we will be reading lots of different discussion texts and poems, using our Talk for Writing strategy of imitation, innovation and invention. As well as this we will be developing our skills in order to invent our very own poem. We have adopted a Whole Class Reading approach, where we will be reading ‘Dinosaur Dig.’ Children will be exposed to a wide range of vocabulary, therefore children must be encouraged to understand and apply the new vocabulary they have learned.
Children must learn all their timetables as they will undergo a Times Tables test next year which all Year 4’s will take nationally. Although there will be opportunities in class for children to practice these times tables, it is important that they are practising them at home on a daily basis. They will be given a username and password for times Tables Rockstar, which will encourage them to learn their times tables. This term we will be focussing on time, shapes, place value and fractions.
In science we will be learning about Rocks and Soils, where children will be working practically to investigate different rocks and comparing their properties. In History we will learn about the stone age and Stonehenge. In Geography we will be looking at volcanoes and earthquakes, identifying causes of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Children must learn their Knowledge Organisers, so they are aware of the key vocabulary that we will be using during our lessons.
Children will be learning how to cope with different feelings and emotions. Children will be encouraged to talk about their emotions and learn how to cope in different situations. This term we are focussing on Keeping Safe and how to implement this into our day to day lives.