Starting this week I have set up all children with logins for a website/app called Times Table Rockstars. This site/app allows children to practice their times tables in a manner that they find enjoyable and rewarding. I would appreciate it if children could find time to regularly train on this website as it will undoubtedly improve their recall speed of their times tables and confidence. I will begin to set this as homework so that we can move at a quicker pace in class.
In mathematics Year 3 have been working on more mental strategies to subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers. This has involved using a number line and counting up (frog jumps) in order to find the difference. We now have a variety of ways to tackle addition and subtraction problems mentally and do not have to rely on one method alone. Year 4 have revisited column addition, using a number line to find the difference and subtracting by adjusting (see homework).
In English our main focus has been on identifying nouns and their type. Children should be familiar with five different types now and be confident at identifying them in texts. We have used our work from last week on conjunctions of time and cause to write our own fables with sentences that tell the readers when and why certain things happen.
Half-termly Overview Autumn 1 2017
Welcome back, I hope you all had an enjoyable summer holiday. Doesn’t September roll around quickly? I am thoroughly looking forward to starting a new year at Farrowdale with both students from my class last year and some new additions. This is a big step up for the Year 3’s and we plan to hit the ground running and jump straight in.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to pop in and see myself at 08:30 or at home time. You can also contact me via an email to school or leave a message for me to phone you at a time which is convenient.
A few friendly reminders…
For those children on the stage readers, I would like to continue to push them on as far as possible this year. This will ensure they are in the best possible position to meet the demands of year 4/5. As a general rule children should aim to read at least 2 books per week (1 if they are on the thicker books from the later stages). Times tables are of equal importance and I have suggested to the children they should be doing 10 minutes practice each day.
P.E. will be on Monday and Friday this year so please ensure children have their kits in school on these days. For P.E. children need to bring both indoor and outdoor kit and must have trainers and pumps.
We will begin our swimming sessions as of the 13th September 2017 and these will run for 10 weeks.
Early morning work begins at 08:30 each day and is mainly spent working on SPaG or calculation work. Some children might be given specific work if there is a particular requirement or to go over a previous days work. I therefore feel it is beneficial if you are able to get the children here by this time.
Weekly homework resumes this week (spellings, mathematics and English). Homework will be set on Friday to be handed in the following Thursday.
English – Fables, instructions and explanations and creating images using similes and metaphors.
Maths – Number and place value, addition and subtraction, shape and data and multiplication and division.
In the afternoon sessions:
Topic/Art/DT – History (Ancient Egyptians) – Introduction to Ancient Egypt, Pharaohs and pyramids, mythology and the River Nile.
Science – Living things and their habitats – A living thing?, local living things (what are they?), how are living things classified?, closer inspection, enormous insects and I’m thinking of a living thing.
Computing – Programming Turtle Logo and Scratch
PE – Hockey
Spanish- Greetings, numbers, colours, days of the week and classroom objects.
We would welcome any resources you may have at home that you feel could enhance your child’s learning in any part of the curriculum that we are studying. This may be in the form of information books, guidebooks and leaflets collected on visits to places of interest that you have made with your family. Even better, if you feel that any experiences of your own are relevant to the curriculum, it would be wonderful if you could come and share them with the class.