Class 3/4 Cherry Blossom
Spring Term 2019 Newsletter
Cherry Blossom Class
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
Our topic this term is Romans. We will start of by exploring the Roman army then move on to looking at Roman daily life. The history of Romans will be the main focus of our topic this term but we will be doing some Geography to explore the different areas that Romans invaded and settled. We will be having our very own Roman day this term where children will be asked to dress up for the day – more details to follow.
Literacy – This term we will cover a range of genres in Literacy. We will be writing instructions and be concentrating on the type of language used when writing them. We will also be writing myths and legends that are linked to our topic; Romans. We also have the opportunity to compete in the Oundle Festival, so we will be developing our skills in performing poetry to enable us to enter the competition.
Numeracy – In Maths, we will continue to follow the White Rose scheme to encourage children to apply their knowledge and skills. Children will learn a skill and then follow this with problem solving and varied fluency. We will be focusing on multiplication and division this half term as well as looking at some properties of shape and symmetry.
Science – This term, our new topic is Magnets. We will be looking at magnets and their uses, and what makes magnetic poles special. We will be observing the forces that magnets produce and from that be able to explain how magnets work. We will also plan a fair test using our knowledge of magnets and use our test results to explain some properties of magnets. In the second part of the term we will move on to looking at plants. We will name the different parts of a plant and think about the functions of each part. We will also discuss what plants need to stay alive and why they are important in our lives.
PE – PE will take place throughout the week so PE kit will need to be brought in ready for a Monday. Mrs Ranson will be working with Year 3 and 4 in dance and Mr Marshall and I will be doing basketball for the other sessions.
Please make sure that a full PE kit is in school, including outdoor trainers and plimsolls for the indoor hall space. Please ensure that you have long bottoms and jackets for when the weather may be colder. Please also remember that earrings need to be removed or covered with plasters before PE lessons and long hair needs to be tied back.
Please remember to 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.
RE – In RE with Mrs Boyers, the children will be exploring the Five Pillars of Islam. They will make comparisons to other religions to see how Islam is similar and different. Children will discuss why the pillars are important to Muslims.
PSHE & British Values – We will be looking at the British legal system and how laws are put in place. We will also be exploring what happens when laws change. We will then move on to look at BBC. Over the term, we will also think about; tobacco as a drug, the economy and why it’s important to look after our money.
Art/DT – Art will be linked to our topic; Romans. We will be researching and evaluating Roman artefacts and then have a go at designing and creating our own versions of them. We will also look at mosaic patterns and try to recreate our own.
Music – We will be continuing to practice our Young Voices songs ready for the concert at the end of January. We are very lucky to have NMPAT working with us on a Monday to learn how to play African drums. We are hoping to put on a performance for parents at some point during the Spring term.
Computing – Throughout the year, children will be studying a range of topics from our scheme; Rising Stars. Each topic will help them to learn and develop skills on a computer. This term will specifically focus on becoming digitally literate. Children will learn about the different ways to communicate using computer/iPads. They will also consider how to stay safe when doing so.
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! The date that the homework is expected to be returned will be written on each piece when handed out.
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.
Children will have a list of spellings to learn each week and these will be tested in school, they will be words that are statutory in the National Curriculum. Spellings will usually follow a spelling pattern which should help the children to learn them.
Finally, please ensure that every item of clothing that your child brings to school (PE kit, coats, jumpers etc.) are named. This way, they are easier to return when found and are less likely to be lost. Thank you!
Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have questions about any aspect of your child’s learning. We look forward to see you at our various events throughout the Spring term.
Mrs Griggs and Mrs Leaning