Class 3/4 Cherry Blossom
Autumn Term 2018 Newsletter
Cherry Blossom Class
Year 3 & 4
Welcome back to a brand new school year!
We will be covering 2 topics across the Autumn term. Our topic for this half term is Stone Age to Iron Age. We will be breaking up this period into distinct Ages and consider how things have changed as we move from being nomadic hunter/gatherers to becoming farming communities. During our studies we will address pre-conceptions of what people were like in the different Ages and make comparisons. We will move on to Study a European country in the second half of the term, which will give children lots of opportunities to work on map skills.
We will begin by using a fictional text for the children to focus on. The children will then learn and develop different skills for story writing and rewrite their own versions. We will also be using our theme topic of Stone Age to Iron Age to write recounts about the history of our ancestors and life in a Stone Age Camp. We will then be using the study of a European Country to write Non-Chronological reports and explore stories from different countries.
In addition, we will be having Guided Reading, handwriting, spelling and grammar sessions. We will also have comprehension sessions where children will learn skills for how to answer questions about a text.
In addition to weekly 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. We will also practice mental maths regularly.
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 daily through quick starters and short focussed activities.
Across both terms we will be exploring the food that we eat. We will be discussing what a healthy diet is and the benefits of having one. We will briefly look at the different food groups and what each one is needed for. Also, we will think about portion sizes and the effect on our bodies if we eat too much. The children will be asked to keep a food diary at home which will be used to help the children make healthy food and drink choices.
Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. In one session we will be learning the basic rules and skills of Tag Rugby and in the other, the children will be swimming. Mr Marshall will also be working with the children bi-weekly.
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 please send your child to school with their own water bottle that has been clearly labelled with their full name.
For the first half of the term, children will be exploring ‘Values: What matters most to Christians and Humanists?’ They will be thinking about good and bad choices and considering the consequences of both.
This term we will be looking at New Beginnings and coping mechanisms for how to deal with change. We will also address Anti-bullying, getting on and falling out and road safety. Children will be encouraged to identify what makes them unique and embraces each other’s differences.
Art will be linked to our theme of Stone Age to Iron Age. We will be looking at early cave paintings and what symbols meant and then have a go at creating our own masterpiece. In DT we are going to be thinking about our Science topic of ‘Food we eat’; we will be cooking different tasting foods.
For the second half of the term, the children will be completing a study of a famous artist. This will involve them doing lots of research, before having a go at recreating the selected artist’s work.
Children will be using instruments and their voices with increased accuracy, control and expression. We will be using different genres of music to apply the skills we learn. The children will also begin learning the songs for the Young Voices Concert.
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 the Science of computing.
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. Maths homework will be marked and kept in a folder 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. If children read at home, they will be rewarded with a ‘Class dojo’ and could win a prize at the end of a week.
Our class reader this term will be Stig of the Dump 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