Year 3/4

Weekly overview

In mathematics both Year 3 + 4 have been learning about grid coordinates. This involved plotting points on a grid, reading coordinates and translating shapes. Some children even moved onto pattern work on dot paper.

During our English lessons we have been looking at how to change adjectives into adverbs (spelling rules), how to construct fronted adverbials and have written their own adverb poems.

Science has seen us investigating electrical appliances and the different electrical currents they use. We also learned about the dangers of electricity and how to stay safe in the home.

Half-termly Overview Autumn 2 2017

Welcome back, I hope you all had an enjoyable half term. That certain holiday that shall not be mentioned until December is fast approaching. This means that children will be busy practicing for their performance but also working extra hard to make up for any lost time.

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 until Christmas.

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.

Thank you

Mr Northcott

Curriculum

English – Explanation texts, information texts and image poetry.

Maths – Time, position and direction, decimals, measuring mass, multiplication and division and addition and subtraction.

In the afternoon sessions:

Topic/Art/DT – History (Ancient Egyptians) – Early burials, pyramids, rock-cut tombs and creation story.

Science – Electricity – Exciting electricity, everyday electrical appliances, electrical circuits, conductors and insulators, splendid switches and investigating switches.

Computing – Programming Turtle Logo and Scratch

PE – Handball

Spanish- Animals, fruit and food.

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.

Thank you,

Mr Northcott