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Year 3 and 4

September 2017

Classes 4E, 4J and 4S: Theme – People and Places

Welcome back to school.  We hope you had a good summer break and are now raring to go for the period up to half term!

We continue to teach our curriculum in school using a cross-curricular ‘theme’ approach where we teach skills and knowledge which are naturally linked as one section of the timetable.  We refer to this as our ‘theme’ with the children rather than identifying to them individual subject names (e.g. Geography).  Each term we only link together areas which form natural linkages.  This term the areas we are linking together the majority of our subjects as follows:

  • Geography – Our local area including local fieldwork trips around Ilkley
  • Science – Nutrition, skeletons and muscles
  • History – Using evidence to find out about Anglo-Saxon times
  • Design Technology – design and build stable towers and Christmas textiles
  • Art – Colour mixing skills and collage. Main Artist Studied = Kandinsky
  • RE –  What do people believe about God?  Harvest and Christmas
  • ICT –  Esafety and email, digital mapping
  • Music – Exploring descriptive sounds; learn to play chime bars

After half-term, children also take part in short introductory French language sessions taught over the year. These sessions aim to develop basic speaking and listening skills.

Routines

PE will be on Mondays and Wednesdays The children will need their named PE kits (white tops and black shorts) in school on these days, including pumps or trainers for outdoor games which will be taking place during the first half–term when weather permits.  On Wednesdays only, the children are encouraged to come to school in their PE kits for the day.  This is to enable the shorter PE lessons to be fully used for PE activities.

Homework 

From this week children will start to bring home reading books, spelling lists and times tables to practise. We encourage the children to read a little each night – five minutes for five nights would be a good base but of course they can read more if they wish!  On some nights this should be to an adult and on some to themselves.  The emphasis in year 3 and 4 moves from practising reading to talking about their books to help develop their comprehension skills. Any comments you wish to make on your child’s understanding of the text and attitude should be noted in the reading diary.  These are checked weekly by an adult.

As this first half term progresses we will start to give other homework related to English and mathematics using Education City software. Details of this will be written into their homework diaries.  We run a twice weekly lunchtime homework club for children who cannot access this at home. We will provide a separate check list for parents to refer to at Parent Consultation evenings later this term.

Finally, although we encourage the children to be more independent in years three and four, by coming in to the school and getting their equipment organised by themselves, you are always welcome to come and make an appointment via the school office to see us.  There is also a staff member at the year 3 and 4 door each morning to take short, non-urgent messages to pass onto class teachers.

We look forward to working with you and your child this term

Mrs Ellis          Mrs Elliot          Mrs Simmonds           Mrs McInnes

Education City Homework
Year Three & Four Long Term Plan 2017 – 2018
New National Curriculum 2014: Guide for Parents
Homework in Year 3 & 4
Tricky Words…
Maths Calculation Policy
White Rose Maths Hub Long term plans Year 3
White Rose Maths Hub Long term plans Year 4
Glossary for English at KS1 and KS2
Useful Websites for parents including homework websites