Class 3/4 Cherry Blossom
Summer Term Newsletter 2018
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 The Victorians. Within this topic we will explore who Queen Victoria was, what life was like for Victorian children and much more. We will use ICT to research Victorian inventions and how our industry has changed over the years.
Literacy – We are starting of our term with traditional tales. This is always an enjoyable genre to cover as the children know the stories so well. We will also be looking at poetry, biographies and persuasive letters. 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, handwriting 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 statistics, fractions and decimals and measurements. We will focus on volume, capacity and mass. Later in the term, we will apply our addition and subtraction skills to money, continue to work on multiplication and division and shape. We will also be practising times tables.
Throughout the term, we will practice using 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 looking at electricity. We will focus on what conductors and insulators are and how they are used. We will also have a go at constructing our own electrical circuits and identifying the different parts of it.
For the second half of the term, we will move onto sound. We will think about how sounds is made, how sound reaches our ears and how they vary.
PE – Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. In one session we will be getting ready for May Day and Sports Day. We will practice our dances and also have a go at some long distance running as the weather gets better.
We also have Northants Cricket Club back this year to work with Key Stage 2 throughout the term. They will be practising skills used in cricket matches and also playing some fun games that apply them.
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 your child brings 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 are exploring Peace. We will think about it in reference to a range of religions and relate it to our everyday lives. We will consider what we can do individually to encourage Peace.
PSHE – This term we will be looking at relationships, sun safety and personal finances. 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 creating silhouette portraits of ourselves and then have a go at drawing portraits of Queen Victoria. For DT, we will use our research of Victorian inventors to make our own inventions using a range of materials.
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 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 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