Welcome to Year 3 and 4!
My question to start the year is: How unpleasant were the Bronze and Iron Ages?
We’ll explore the key features of the Bronze and Iron Ages, and come to conclusions about how difficult life was. We’ll look at the developments that were made during the periods and discuss which made the biggest impact to the standard of living. We’ll start with a bang as we have a workshop organised for the first Friday of term.
Throughout the term we are going to be recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways; we will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in our local and the wider environment, and; recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things. We’ll extend this learning through the art we create. The work by Louise Bourgeois and Jennifer Angus will provide a focus.
All our computer work will benefit from further learning in Word Processing Skills.
We’ll keep you singing along as we explore Abba’s song Mamma Mia.
We are going to hit the ground running by writing letters to our future selves during the first week back. From here we’ll continue to explore our science and history topics through non-fiction writing – explanation texts.
This year will see all children in Year 4 completing the compulsory times tables tests towards the end of the year. We will work towards these tests (including Year 3 children) starting now. Log onto Times Tables Rockstar and start learning. Our first test will be on the first Friday back and all children will start with their 2s as the focus is on speed of recall, not learning times tables. To go alongside learning in the classroom we will be using Prodigy Maths. Log onto this as much as you can too. It’s a great program that will tailor questions to the needs of the children dropping them down to pick up missed concepts or pushing their understanding further for each topic. Please Dojo me if you need passwords.
Reading comprehension is going to weave itself throughout all areas of the curriculum. Children will have opportunities on a daily basis to extend their understanding of what they are reading through a variety of interesting strategies. They will learn these strategies in whole class situations and then work to applying them independently to their own reading through small group and partner support.
PE will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every week. They can be left on coat pegs.
Year 3 children will be taking part in Forest School this term. They will need to bring a change of clothes (something that can get muddy/dirty), wet weather gear and a change of shoes (wellies/waterproof boots). The only reason Forest School does not run is because of high winds, so please make sure your child has all they need to stay warm and dry. It will run on Thursday afternoons starting this Thursday.
I’m really looking forward to working with you this year. It’s going to be our best one yet!