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Year 3 and 4

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome everyone back following the Easter break. The summer term promises to be an exciting one in the Year 3 and 4 phase. For the first part of the term, we will be focusing on electricity, culminating in building our own torch. Following on from this we will be taking an adventure around the world biomes, looking closely at the rainforests in South America.

After the Spring break, our theme will be From ‘Stone age to Iron Age’ where we will investigate the reasons for ancient communities creating settlements.

Our routines have now changed slightly. Year 3 will go swimming on Monday mornings right up until the Summer break. Year 4 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
ReadingRegular 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 given 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, 4s 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 to be completed by the following Friday.

During this term, we will continue to teach our curriculum in school using a cross-curricular theme approach where we teach skills and knowledge that are naturally linked.

 Summer 1Summer 2
SciencePower it up!Rocks and Soil
HistoryFrom Stone Age to Iron Age
GeographySettlements
ArtDigital Art
DTDesign a TorchTextiles/Printing
Music
Year 4 only
RecordersWorld Music
PEInvasion GamesAthletics
SwimmingYear 3Year 3
PSHEBeing my Best / Rights and responsibilitiesGrowing and Changing / Valuing Differences
ComputingWe are VloggersWe are Musicians
REWhat kind of world did Jesus want?How do believers use symbolism in stories to show right and wrong?
FrenchVerbally building sentences to describe people and places.

Kind regards,

Mrs Elliott          Mrs Simmonds          Miss Hetherton          Mrs Quinlan        

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