Year 3/4

 Weekly overview

This week in maths, Year 3 have been reading and interpreting scales to describe mass, and Year 4 have been translating shapes. Year 3 have impressed me with their ability to quickly add half or a quarter of a kilogram to an amount, and applying their knowledge of fractions. Year 4 have been working incredibly hard to use their knowledge of co-ordinates to translate shapes in a certain direction.

We have completed our work on newspaper reports this week, with the children completing their independent newspaper articles all about the Colosseum. They have used important features of an article, such as a headline and a byline, and have been focusing on improving the presentation of their joined handwriting. I was really amazed by the quality of their homework this week, and loved how many children went the extra step to produce an articulate and well-presented newspaper article.

Half-termly Overview Autumn 1 2018

Homework will be given out every Friday, and is due in on the following Thursday. This will include a spelling task, a numeracy task and a grammar task. Children have been reminded that this work can be completed independently, however if they have any issues they are to see me about it is due.

It is recommended that children read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily, which can be written in to your child’s reading record. Reading regularly can not only improve word recognition and fluency, but can also assist children in their writing during class. Therefore, children will be expected to read at least 2 stage books per week (1 if they are on the thicker books from later stages). Times tables are of equal importance, and I have encouraged the class to practise these for 10 minutes every day.

P.E. will be on Monday and Thursday 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 will be spent on tasks that the children have needed further support with. This could be arithmetic or grammar related. Therefore, I would encourage the children getting in to school on time, to ensure they do not miss any learning.

If you have any questions, please feel free to see me at 8:30 or at home time. Alternatively, you can contact me via an email to school.

Thank you

Miss O’Donnell


English – descriptive poetry, newspaper articles, fables.

Maths – Number and place value, addition and subtraction, properties of shapes, multiplication and division, fractions, position and direction.

In the afternoon sessions:

Topic – The Romans

Science – Animals including humans, with particular reference to nutrition, muscles and bones.

Computing – E-Safety, selecting relevant media through Word and using technology to research.

PE – Netball

Spanish- How to introduce ourselves, including greetings and numbers. Classroom instructions and 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,

Miss O’Donnell