Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the festive period and are ready to get back into the swing of things.
In mathematics both Year 3 + 4 have been investigating angle types and learning the descriptions of these angles. Children also learned about regular and irregular polygons. Using their knowledge of angle types and how to identify these, Year 3/4
During English lessons we have been looking at recounts and the many different forms that they can come in. We have read ‘Little Mouses’ Big Book of Fears’ and even made our scrapbook style fear book which gives advice on how to overcome fears. Our spelling focus this week was on turning adjectives into adverbs. Test your children over the weekend and see how they do. In order to help prepare Year 3/4, there will be more focus on reading comprehensions in class in the run up to assessments at the end of this half term.
In science we investigated the best melting point for chocolate and learned about the effects of heating and cooling and what this does to their particles.
Half-termly Overview Spring 1 2018
Welcome back, I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas break. We’re well in to Year 3/4 now and we will soon be moving towards parents evenings and assessments. This will give us a good chance to assess where children are at the half way mark and discuss what can be done to ensure that every child achieves the best they can come the end of the year.
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.
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 – Myths and legends, fairy stories and playscripts, recounts and non-chronological reports.
Maths – Number and place value, addition and subtraction, properties of shape, multiplication and division, fractions and length.
In the afternoon sessions:
Topic/Art/DT – Geography (Rainforests) – Where are the rainforests? – The rainforest climate – Layers of the rainforest – Life in the rainforest – The Amazon – Protecting the rainforest.
Science – States of Matter – Solid, liquid or gas – Investigating gases – Heating and cooling – Wonderful water – Evaporation investigation – The water cycle.
Computing – Programming Turtle Logo and Scratch
PE – Gymnastics
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.