Y3/4: Mrs Humphrey's Class 2018 - 2019
Welcome back to school!
We've got lots of fun topics do this half term! Let's have a look....
Our History Topic: The Stone Age
This period stretches for thousands of years and helped to shape our lives today. Their world was so totally different to ours! We're going to be learning about lots of exciting things such as: wild animals that once roamed the Earth but are now extinct in addition to the evolution process of: food, houses, communities, jobs, techonology, clothes and language.
To get you started, why don't you watch some of these wonderful videos:
This term, our topic is 'Imaginary Worlds' and so we will be taking inspiration from this book Leon and the PLace between as it has vivid setting descriptions, fantastical events and interesting characters, we'll be writing our own sPeCtAcUlAr stories which will create powerful images in our readers' minds using: WOW words, similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification. Also, In order to do this, we'll be learning more about helping our readers to follow our stories easily by punctuating them with inverted commas (speech marks) and paragraphing.
With reading being such an important part of every child's learning, we are really encouraging all pupils to read as much as possible out of school as well as during the school day. All children have reading books and new reading record books to show when they are reading, which is ideally in school every day! To motivate all readers, the reading records are checked regularly and children receive a sticker for every 3 separate reading sessions at home which go towards our class reward system.
Reading records get checked every Friday. If a child hasn't read at least 3 times (ideally one of these times is to be read aloud to an adult), there will need to catch up during Golden Time on a Friday.
Children are able to change their reading books at different times of the day but have to take responsibility to change their books when they know they need to. In the Juniors, the children read as part of a group once a week with their teacher as part of guided reading session as well as have independent reading time.
In Year 3, the children will be recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times-tables. Using their knowledge of multiplication and division facts to solve problems including missing number problems using mental and written methods. They shall also apply thier understanding of column addition and column subtraction (upto 3 digits) to solve money problems.
There will be a BIG focus on learning times tables: plenty of practise and lots of encouragement and support at home is much appreciated.
By the end of Year Three, the children are expected to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables alongside their corresponding division facts.
By the end of Year Four, the children are expected to know all of the multiplication facts upto 12x12 and the corresponding division facts.
Why don't you start practicing for just a few minutes each night? You'll be amazed by how quick you will become at them!
In addition to Times Table Rockstars, here are some fun links, full of lots of times-table and division games:
As scientists, we will be investigating:
- What do magnets do?
- What materials are attracted to magnets?
- What are magnetic poles?
- What are their uses?
We will be learning how to plan and carry our fair tests, record our results and form conclusions.
For this first half of the term, we have indoor PE on a Tuesday afternoon and will be partaking in a range of athlectic based activities. Our outdoor PE session is on a Wednesday afternoon where we will be playing basketball with a PE specialist as our coach.
With it turning colder now, the children can bring warmer PE clothes e.g. jumpers, jogging bottoms and gloves. Trainers are always much safer than pumps when the children run around. Please also ensure that girls have a bobble to tie back their hair.
Full PE kit should always be in school during the week; (white shorts, navy t-shirt, trainers, socks, hair bobble (girls) and tracksuit trousers/top—for cold weather). Please ensure all kit is clearly labelled.
Homework is given out on a Thursday for both Numeracy and Literacy. This is to be completed and handed in on Monday mornings. If for any reason this can't be done, please inform your class teacher with a brief note.
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