Class 3/4 Cherry Blossom
Summer Term 2019 Newsletter
Welcome back to the last term of the school year!
The Summer term is my favourite term! Mainly because the weather is getting better which means we can spend more time outside. Our next topic is perfect for being outside as well… ‘Natural wonders of the world’. Within this topic we will explore natural disasters (volcanos, earthquakes etc.) and we will also look at mountains and what makes the world angry. There will be lots of geography skills used in this topic as well as looking at some historical natural disasters across the world.
Literacy – We will begin the term with information texts, using a range of sources the children will research a specific natural disaster and use this as a stimulus to write their own informative piece. We will then move on to write persuasive arguments, adventure stories and image poetry. This term, the children will be encouraged to implement all of the skills they have been learning so far this year.
Across both terms, children will be having Guided Reading and grammar sessions each week. We will also have a weekly comprehension session where children will learn skills for how to answer questions about a text.
Numeracy – We will be looking at perimeter and the area of shapes, apply our addition and subtraction skills to money, continue to work on fractions and also on multiplication and division. We will also be practising times tables.
In the second half of the term, we will be revisiting decimals, volume and capacity. We will also practice our use of written methods to solve multiplication and division problems. Mental maths will be practised daily through quick starters and short focussed activities.
Science – In the first half of the term, we will be exploring rocks. We will look at different types and where they come from, this will link in with volcanos and mountains. In the second half of the term we are doing ‘Light’. We will be experimenting with how light reflects and different types of light.
PE – In one session we will be learning our May Day dances. With Mr Marshall, the children will be learning football skills and with Mrs Ranson, the children will be doing some athletics.
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 much as possible this term, therefore please ensure that you bring a hat and sun cream 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.
It is essential that your child brings a water bottle into school. They will need these for outdoor PE lessons.
RE – In RE we will start this term by focussing on Christianity and the difference that Christians are having in addressing problems in the UK today. We will then move on to think about Incarnation and What is the Trinity?
PSHE – This term we will be looking at Sun safety, identity, society and relationships. As we move through the term we will also be looking at changes to prepare the children for the next school year.
Art/DT – In Art we will be sketching landscapes. We will use local surroundings to draft and improve a landscape drawing. We are very lucky with our local area to be able to use it in our art work. In DT we will be making our own volcanos with different materials.
Music – Children will be exploring the history of music and how it has changed through time. We will also be watching and appreciating live music and making comparisons.
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 using computers in a range of ways.
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.
Numeracy tasks will be set on a paper sheet. Sheet homework will be marked and kept at school. Children should also be revising their times tables on a regular basis.
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 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 see you at our various events throughout the Summer term.
Mrs Griggs and Mrs Leaning