Year 3/4

 Weekly overview

What a fantastic first week back we have had in Year 3 and 4. I have been very impressed with everyone’s attitude towards learning, and everyone has returned to school ready to work.

In maths this week, Year 3 have been continuing to develop their arithmetic skills by subtracting from 3-digit numbers. We have used dines cubes and manipulatives to show our subtractions, and have then worked on solving them mentally. Year 4 have performed outstandingly this week, with the difficult task of understanding decimals and tenths. We have converted between fractions and decimals, and all children achieved full marks on their end of week assessment!

In literacy this week, we have been learning all about different folktales, and how they are different to fables. We have explored 3 different folktales, and why they chose to explain different natural phenomenon. Now that the children have shown a clear understanding of what it takes to write a folktale, and the structure they need to follow, we will begin writing our own folktales next week.

We are continuing our hard work towards our Winter Show, and so please ensure children bring in their costumes as soon as possible. Thank you already for your hard work in helping the children learn their song words and lines, the show is shaping up to be a real treat!


Half-termly Overview Autumn 2 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 – folktales, advertisements, storytelling poetry.

Maths – Year 3 – Subtraction, shapes and angles, multiplication and division, time, place value.
Year 4 – decimals, mass, multiplication and division, time, place value.

In the afternoon sessions:

Topic – All around the world.

Science – Rocks and fossils, with a focus on Mary Anning’s contribution to science.

Computing – Creating content on word, including developing our typing skills.

PE – Completing circuits that use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.

Spanish- Continuing our conversational greetings. 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