Year 3/4

Weekly overview

We were fortunate enough to go to Blackpool this week and enjoyed a fun day at the Amusement Park. The children were incredibly well behaved and made Farrowdale very proud as usual.

Throughout mathematics this week we have been looking at different ways to work out division problems. In Year 3/4 we are big fans of the bus stop method but it is important to have a variety of ways to tackle problems in maths. Some children found this new method challenging to get to grips with initially so I have not given homework this week for maths. Instead, we will do the planned homework in class on Monday together so that I can give my guidance and support where necessary.

In English we have returned to persuasive writing which was one of the first topics we covered at the start of the year. It is good to see how much children remember from then and we are now adding to this existing knowledge. Children have continued their good work on sentence types and their use of different conjunctions. We will be using this to help us write a letter persuading their target audience that children 7 years and older should either choose, or not choose their own bedtime.

You will have by now seen the product of our art session this week – the Father’s Day card. I hope these arrived home safely and in a decent condition.

Half-termly Overview Summer 2 2017

Welcome back, I hope you all had an enjoyable half term. The finishing line is in sight now and it’s time for that sprint finish. This means picking up the pace and preparing for next year, not winding down for the summer unfortunately.

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 the homework diary, 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 started our swimming sessions as of the 6th March 2017 and these will continue to be on a Monday morning so can we please ensure swimming wear comes in for this.

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. 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 – Persuasive writing, plays and dialogues (Roald Dahl) and shape poems.

Maths – Place value, decimals and written addition, multiplication and division, shape and angles, fractions, time and data and addition and subtraction.

In the afternoon sessions:

Topic/Art/DT – Geography – The seven summits, how are mountains formed?, mountain climates and what is a coast?

Science – Light – Making and changing shadows. Children will also create their own shadow puppet play using their expert knowledge and skills on light and shadows. Children will make a theatre and puppets for the show in groups and conduct their own investigations on shadows, light and reflections.

Computing – Excel

PE – Athletics

Spanish- Family, descriptions and vocabulary.

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