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Year 3 and 4

21st January 2019

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome everyone back following the Christmas break. The spring term promises to be an exciting one in the Year 3 and 4 phase. We have already started our theme based all around Ancient Egypt and will be kicking off with an exciting visit to the Leeds Museum where pupils will have the opportunity to look at artefacts and enjoy an Ancient Egyptian workshop about mummification! We will also hopefully get the chance to explore some of the other exciting exhibits at the museum including a whole floor of information about the Romans which will consolidate our learning from last term.

Our routines will remain mostly unchanged. Year 4 will go swimming on Monday mornings right up until the Easter break. Year 3 will need to bring their PE kits on Mondays and will also get the exciting opportunity to begin to learn the recorder. All the children in Year 3 and 4 will continue to have PE lessons on Wednesdays. Due to the nature of our timetable, we ask that children come to school in their PE kit and remain in their kit for the day. PE Kit = Red school sweatshirt, plain white T-shirt, plain black shorts/tracksuit bottoms and dark coloured trainers.

Homework

The children are all now familiar with the homework routines which we aim to follow as closely as possible every week. We welcome parental support with homework. Here is a reminder of the weekly homework expectations.

HomeworkTimescale
ReadingDaily reading of school reading book or another age appropriate book recorded in their reading diary
Reading Comprehension activity or similarGiven Friday to return the following Friday to group teacher
Spelling ActivitiesActivities set on Mondays to support the learning of spelling. Work to be done in blue spelling homework books and returned the following Monday when a dictation will be used to check spellings learnt
Maths activities (Education City and Times Table Rockstars)Your child has an account on the Times Tables Rockstars website. Each child has a schedule set for them by their group teacher for them to practise multiplication and division facts for the appropriate times tables.

By the end of Year 3 children need to know 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s, 4a and 8s. At the end of Year 4, pupils will be assessed on their rapid recall of all the multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.

To support learning within maths lessons, your child will also be set homework on Education City each week. They will be expected to attempt one or two maths activities on this website. These activities will go live after school on Friday and they are expected to be completed by the following Friday.

During this half term we will continue to teach our curriculum in school using a cross-curricular theme approach where we teach skills and knowledge which are naturally linked. This half term our theme is Ancient Egypt.

  • Science – What’s that Sound?
  • History – Ancient Egypt.
  • Computing – We are presenters.
  • Art/DT – Vincent Van Gogh
  • Music – Recorders (Y3 only)
  • PE – Gymnastics/Striking and Feilding
  • Swimming – Y4 only
  • French – An introduction to verbal and written questions and answers.

Kind regards,

Mrs Elliott          Mrs Simmonds          Miss Hetherton          Mrs McInnes         Mrs Quinlan

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