Year 3/4

Weekly overview

In mathematics we have been using a mixture of mental and formal methods for addition. All children are confident in using the column method using large numbers but it is important to remind children to check their answer is sensible afterwards. Some children have had difficulties in finding the missing number in a sum e.g., 74 + ? = 136. We have looked at using the inverse operation to work out the missing number or using frog jumps to count up if the numbers are close enough. This forms the basis of the maths homework.

In English we have begun to look at stories set in familiar settings. We are using Horrid Henry stories as our inspiration as these stories often take place in settings that are normal and ordinary. There has been a focus on using prepositions in our work and describing our settings using prepositional phrases. I have been impressed at the level of some pieces of work this week and look forward to children using these sentences when we construct our own stories next week.

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.

Thank you

Mr Northcott


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.

Thank you,

Mr Northcott