Year 3 & Year 4 – “Cherry Blossom”
Autumn Term 2017
Welcome back to a brand new school year!
First of all, we would like to say we hope you had a fantastic summer. We are looking forward to working with you this year and supporting your child in the next part of their learning journey at Brigstock Latham’s School.
This term, we have many things to look forward to: Sporting events, Remembrance Day, Black History month and of course, Christmas (just to name a few). Our topic in the classroom is Ancient Greece. Our History, Geography, Art and DT will be linked to our topic in a creative and fun way. The children will get the opportunity to learn about how the Greek’s govern themselves, the climate they live in and get to make their own Greek food. Throughout the term, we will also be designing and creating our own Greek vases based on ancient artefacts.
We try as hard as possible to make the children’s writing relevant to their topic. We will begin by giving the children opportunities to read a range of different Greek Myths. The children will then learn and develop different skills for story writing and rewrite their own versions. We will then be moving away from fictional texts and concentrate on chronological reports in relation to Greece. The children will become journalists and report Ancient Greece. In Literacy lessons, the children will be learning new grammar and be encouraged to apply this learning within their writing.
Across both terms, children will be having separate handwriting and guided reading sessions. In Key Stage 2, there is less focus on 1:1 reading as we begin using other forms of reading within lessons. The children will read in groups with an adult and have comprehension activities to complete. Our class reader this term is, Beasts of Olympus by Lucy Coats.
In addition to mental maths practice and solving word problems we will be focusing on Number and Place Value, Shape, Addition and Subtraction, and Multiplication and Division in the first term. The children will also be learning how to use co-ordinates and find the perimeter of shapes.
In the second half of the term, we will be revisiting fractions, decimals, measurement and position and direction. We will also practice our use of written methods to solve addition and subtraction problems. Times tables will be practised through quick starters and short focussed activities.
The children will be identifying different types of skeletons, looking at specific bones within different animals. They will think about the function of the skeleton and how muscles work. They will go on to classify vertebrates using classification keys, think about animal habitats and environmental changes. This learning builds on the children’s existing knowledge from last year in Year 2 and 3.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. In one session we will be using our PE scheme, Real PE, to learn how to keep fit and healthy and practice our flexibility and control in Dance and Gymnastics. We will also be learning the basic rules and skills of Tag Rugby in our other weekly session and use those skills to play competitive games.
Please make sure that a full PE kit is in school, including outdoor trainers and plimsolls for the indoor hall space. We will be making the most of the weather and will have our PE lessons outside for as long as possible this term, therefore please ensure that you have long bottoms when the weather may be colder or a hat if the sun is out. Please also remember that earrings need to be removed or covered with plasters before PE lessons and long hair needs to be tied back. Sun cream is advisable and may need to be applied before school if the weather is warm (fingers crossed!).
We ask that you please send your child to school with their own water bottle that has been clearly labelled with their full name. The children need to take their bottles home every Friday to be washed and bring them back into school the following Monday. It will be the children’s responsibility to remember to do this each week. The children will especially need them during PE lessons.
For the first part of the term we will be exploring what Christians do in the world to support others and what differences they make towards addressing problems that are in the world today. We will then be looking at how the church celebrate Christmas and the preparations ready for it.
This term we will be looking at New Beginnings and coping mechanisms for how to deal with change. Mental health is a really important part of our learning process so children will be given strategies for mindfulness throughout the year. Towards the end of the term we will be looking at how to stay safe around roads.
Art will be linked to our topic. The children will design their own Greek vases and then make them using a variety of materials. In DT, the children will be using their cooking skills to create their own Greek food.
Children will be using their voices and using instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They will listen to a variety of music from different traditions. The children will also begin learning the songs for the Young Voices Concert.
The children will continue to develop their understanding about how to be responsible and respectful online. They will think critically about the information they share online and though the use of a range of scenarios the children will consider that they may receive online messages from others and how to deal with these. The internet is a fabulous resources and a great way to communicate however there are many things children must be aware about to ensure they remain safe. Please be aware that these sessions may stimulate question that the children may ask at home. The children will learn strategies to increase the accuracy of their keyword searches and develop an understanding that they should acknowledge the sources of their findings to avoid plagiarism.
The children will have weekly Spanish lessons with Senora O’Reilly, where they will continue to build on speaking, listening and writing in Spanish.
The intention of homework in Year 3 and 4 is to consolidate, practise and share skills learned in the classroom. It is also a chance for children to work independently or with somebody at home to complete a creative piece of work. Learning log homework is a chance for the children to be imaginative and innovative!
Numeracy tasks will be set via My Maths or on a paper sheet. My Maths will be checked to ensure children are accessing and completing their work and sheet homework will be marked and kept in their Homework Folder at school. Children should also be revising their times tables on a regular basis. Numeracy homework will be set on a Friday and will be expected to be returned the following Wednesday.
Children are expected to read daily at home in order to foster a love of reading and practice their reading skills. Reading needs to be recorded in the children’s reading record books which will be checked regularly.
Our class reader this term will be Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats which we will use to have some discussions and short, focussed activities with.
Children will have a list of spellings to learn each week and these will be tested in school, they will consist of High Frequency Words and words that are statutory in the National Curriculum.
Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s learning. We look forward to seeing you at our various events throughout the Autumn term.
Mrs Griggs and Mrs Leaning