Year 3/4 have been looking at how to divide and multiply by 10, 100 and 1000 this week in mathematics. I have been really impressed at how all children have done with this level of work, especially the year 3’s. This a really important skill and lends itself nicely to working out money problems. Now that the class has this understanding of decimals we can move onto some more advanced money problems.
During English we have explored the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson and written a class poem using rhyming couplets. Our grammar focus has been on descriptive clauses and prepositions of time and place. We have written a wide variety of poems over the past two weeks which we aim to make into a class poetry book shortly.
Around the world week saw us travel to Australia (unfortunately there was no field trip). We have been busy learning about the geography of the country and all about the wide variety of animals that can be found there. In order to link this to our current work we decided to study the aborigines as we could make connections to our Stone Age topic. Children produced artwork this week based on those by the aborigines using the ‘dot’ technique seen in much of their art.
Half-termly Overview Spring 2 2017
Welcome back, I hope you all had an enjoyable half term.
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 will be starting our swimming sessions as of the 6th March 2017 and this will 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.
English – Non-chronological reports (Harry Potter), traditional poems (Robert Louis Stevenson) and adventure stories (The Hedgehog).
Maths – Data (bar graphs, pictograms, line graphs), multiplication and division (HTU x U & TU x TU), decimals (dividing by 10 and 100), measurement (perimeter and area), number (rounding, negative numbers and roman numerals) and properties of shapes.
In the afternoon sessions:
Topic/Art/DT – Stone Age to the Iron Age (timelines, surviving the Stone Age, Skara Brae, Becoming a copper child, Stonehenge, hillforts and the Druids).
Science – Forces and Magents (pushes and pulls, faster and slower, scrapyard challenge, magnetic strength, magnetic poles and marvellous magnets).
Computing – PowerPoint
PE – Basketball
Spanish- Colours, shapes, body parts and facial features, and family.
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.