Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely summer and are ready for the exciting year of learning ahead. We are very much looking forward to working with all the wonderful young people in years 3 and 4 and getting to know you all over the coming year.
Next week, both classes will have the opportunity to work alongside the ‘Alive and Kicking’ theatre company who are delivering a full day session for both classes. The session will cover a range of activities that will support the children in their learning across the term.
We begin the year by reading the ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. This book describes the journey of a young boy who trips and falls into the Stone Age! He meets a girl and her tribe and learns all about their way of life.
Over the term, the children will be completing a range of different writing activities which will be supported by their learning from the book. We will begin by writing setting descriptions before moving on to creating our own adventure stories set in the Stone Age era.
In Autumn 2, we will then be using, ‘How to wash a woolly mammoth’ by Michelle Robinson to support us in writing our own set of instructions.
Year 3 will be covering:
- Finding 10 and 100 more/less than a given number.
- Understanding numbers up to 1000.
- Addition and subtraction of numbers up to 1000.
- Multiplication and Division using the 3,4 and 8 times tables.
- Understanding bar charts, pictograms and tables.
- Types of angles and lines.
- Drawing and recognising shapes in different orientations.
Year 4 will be covering:
- Place value of digits up to 10,000
- Addition and subtraction of numbers up to 10,000.
- Formal and mental methods for multiplication and division involving all multiplication tables up to 12X12.
- Length and perimeter.
For the duration of the Autumn term, our learning will be focussed around the Stone Age as part of our ‘Flintstones’ topic. We have lots of exciting activities planned and are looking forward to seeing the work that the children produce.
The children will explore being:
- Understanding chronology using personal and Stone age timelines.
- Investigating and interpreting the past by exploring Stone Age hunting and gathering, food, homes and inventions.
- Presenting their learning on the Stone Age to communicate historically.
- Identifying how plants and animals, including humans, resemble their parents in many features.
- Identifying how animals and plants are suited to and adapt to their environment in different ways.
- Recognising that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhibited the Earth millions of years ago.
- Describing how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within sedimentary rock.
- Using different hardnesses of pencils to show line, tone and texture.
- Annotating sketches to explain and elaborate ideas.
- Sketching lightly to master their drawing technique.
- Using shading to show light and shadow.
As always, if you have any problems, concerns or questions please do not hesitate to see one of us before school at 8:55am or after school at 3.30pm. If this is not convenient or it’s a bigger issue, please arrange an appointment with your child’s class teacher.
Miss Campy, Mrs Fenna and Miss Holyoak.
Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Fenna & Miss Holyaok
Mrs Lupton & Mrs Hilton
12th September – Alive and Kicking Y3
13th September – Alive and Kicking Y4
5th October – X tables workshop
10th October – Handwriting workshop
12th October – School Photographs
25th October – Harvest festival
26th October – Training day
5th November –Y3&4 WW1 workshop
14th November – Parent consultations
19th November – Books for breakfast
19th November – Spelling workshop
23rd November – Book fair
13th December – Christmas production AM
14th December – Christmas production PM
18th December – Christmas party
20th December – Carol concert
Year 3 P.E days are on Wednesday and Friday.
Year 4 P.E and swimming day is Wednesday. For swimming sessions, please ensure your child brings with them a dark coloured swimming costume, goggles (if required but not necessary), a towel and a healthy fruit snack. Long hair should be tied up and all ear piercings removed.
Weather permitting; P.E lessons may take place outside. Please ensure your child has both their indoor and outdoor P.E kit in school including suitable footwear.
Library day: Thursday
Reading Books changes: Reading books will be need to be handed in Wednesday along with their homework books. Both will be returned on Thursday.
Please read with your child daily and ensure they have their book-bags in school every day.
A new homework grid will be given to all children this half term. Children will need to return these every Wednesday to be marked and will receive them back on Fridays.
Children will be given spellings to learn each week. There will be a spelling test each Monday and then new spellings will be given out. Please encourage your child to read the word, cover it up, write the word and then check it. The spellings are given in a random order during the test.