Well Year 3 and 4, let the year begin!
Here is our Autumn Class Newsletter – Class Newsletter Autumn 2020
September is a time for new beginnings and where we start our learning journey, we are going to use the skills, knowledge, and positive attitude to drive us forward through this academic year.
We will be focussing on the fundamentals, for example, reading daily (at least 10 minutes), learning spellings, practising the multiplication tables, and practising joined handwriting. I am sure everyone will be raring to go.
We do appreciate your ongoing support, encouragement and positivity with your child. This is vital to them throughout the year.
In English, we will be reading George’s Marvellous Medicine. The children will explore the text and complete written tasks on what they have read. They enjoy the variety of texts that Roald Dahl writes and especially his illustrations. The children will also be encouraged to widen their reading especially as this supports their vocabulary development. It really helps the composition of their writing and the flow of a piece.
In Maths, we will be focussing on number, place value and timetables, the more the children practise the quicker and speedier they will get with their multiplication facts. Please encourage your child/ ren to access Rockstars (if you have difficulty, do not hesitate to contact me). With number and place value, children will need to know the value of each digit, including thousands. Also link to comparing numbers including practical problems.
Science-We are learning about Living Things, for example, grouping animals according to classification and their characteristics and also Animals including Humans, this is related to the make-up of the body, focussing on the digestive system and teeth. Throughout these topics, children will be encouraged and will explore working scientifically.
Geography– We are learning about the United Kingdom (UK) and why it has mountains, rivers and hills. Also, how the UK has landmarks and where they are. We will be learning about where we live locally and what their postcode means.
History– We are learning about The Ancient Romans and their impact on Britain and also their influence on the County Durham area.
Art– We are developing skills based on a topic of Prehistoric Art and looking at cave drawings. In addition, how wire work can be used to create a piece of art.
Design and Technology– We are understanding the Pneumatic Toys and creating one. We are creating structures using different materials and applying this to make a stronger structure using different techniques.
Music– The topics we are going to explore are ‘Animal Magic’ and ‘Play it Again,’ the children will explore descriptive sounds, mime and percussion- both body and instrumental.
Computing– Throughout the year the children will continually understand how important being ‘safe’ online is vital within all areas of computing. They will explore programs to sequence, programme and save work and information.
Spanish– The Modern Foreign Language the children will be learning is Spanish. They will learn greetings, how to say their name and colours.
P.E. – Physical Education has slightly changed and will be more focussed on outdoor P.E. as well as their own development of skills. Gymnastics will be covered.
R.E. – We will be covering ‘Domestic Church, Judaism, Reconciliation, Advent and Christmas.’ The children will be gaining a deeper understanding of their religion and putting this into practise daily.
Spellings are important for all the children to learn. The spellings are given out on Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday. It is paramount the children do learn these as it helps with their reading and writing.
Reading- Each child has a reading book tailored to their own individual level whereupon they access ‘Accelerated Reader’ to do a quiz after reading their book. Some children are targeted with reading and phonics, this is vital is the development of reading. It is important that children read every day as it builds their confidence, helps with their writing and increases their fluency.
Homework, is reading, spellings and timestables. The children can access Lexia and Rockstars at home (if usernames and passwords are needed, please contact me). Homework can also be a daily talk about what they have done at school, this for some children is really important in their learning.