Year 3 & 4 Class information page 2022 - 2023
Welcome to Year 3 and 4
The teachers in Year 3 and 4 are: Mr Fuller, Mr Dixon, Mrs Hooper and Mrs Hughes.
We are looking forward to a fun filled year with lots of learning!
Our topic for this half term is 'Weather around the World'
This is a Geography based topic, where we will learn about different climates around the world, the tropics aswell as a variety of different adventurers!
Our literacy lessons will be based on a book called 'Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13'
Throughout these lessons we will be learning how to use noun phrases and prepositions to our writing to add extra detail. We will also be focusing on using accurate punctuation for example; capital letters, full stops and commas.
We will be practising writing letters, diary entries and fact files.
The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and w
as depicted in the film Hidden Figures.
You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?
As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe.
From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, Counting on Katherine is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.
In Maths, we will begin the term learning about 'Place Value'.
We will be counting, ordering, comparing and looking at different representations of numbers up to 100 (Year 3) and 1000 (Year 4)
'Once you learn to read, you will be forever free'
Reading is at the heart of the our curriculum, we want every child to discover the joy of reading for pleasure.
We expect every child to read at home at least 4 times per week, this does not have to be a school reading book it can be anything that your child enjoys reading.
We also want to promote a love of reading by encouraging parents to read to their children. Cosy up and enjoy a book together!
In our class reading sessions, we will be reading a book called 'Midnight for Charlie Bone' by Jenny Nimmo.
Blurb: Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he can hear their voices. Although he tries to hide his new gift, Grandma Bone and her scary sisters soon find out, and send him to Bloor's Academy. Charlie quickly finds life at Bloor's pretty tough, with its strict rules and the malevolent head boy, Manfred, set against him. When Charlie discovers that the child in the photograph is being held, hypnotised, against her will, he and his new friends with 'gifts' try to awaken her. But can they overcome Manfred's sinister hypnotic gifts?
During our reading lessons we will continue to develop our VIPERS skills. Remember that VIPERS stands for vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising.
From September, your child will bring home a sheet outlining their spellings for the half term, one set per week. There will be an expectation that they learn these words each week ready for a test at the end of the half term on a selection of these words.
In Science lessons, we will be investigating:
- Healthy eating
- Different food types and categories
- What are Skeletons?
- Understanding how muscles work
Homework will be given out on a Thursday and is expected to be handed in on a Monday.
There will be a maths homework, a piece of literacy homework and a list of spellings to learn.
From September, your child will bring home a sheet outlining their spellings for the half term, one set per week. There will be an expectation that they learn these words each week ready for a test on a Monday.
Children are also expected to be able to read and spell common exception words, there is a set for years 3&4. The list is attached at the bottom of this page.
In PE this term, we will be doing Gymnastics on Tuesdays and Tag Rugby on Thursdays.
The children should come to school at the beginning of the week with their PE kit in a small, drawstring bag, which is to be kept in school until Friday when we will send them home for washing. In Key Stage 2, it is an expectation that the children get themselves ready for PE.
Children will usually wear their white shorts and navy PE t-shirt for PE but, while the cooler weather is approaching, they can instead wear tracksuit bottoms or leggings with their PE t-shirt and school sweatshirt or cardigan if they wish to. It is a good idea to have both options in the PE bag - please make sure that you show your children the different items that are in there or even get them to pack it with you!
Please ensure all items are labelled with your child's name.
Your child will need a coat in school at all times as we will be doing as much as we can outside.
No bags, apart from lunch bags, book bags and PE bags, are needed in school.
Please make sure that all items of clothing, including PE kits, shoes, and coats, have the children's names on the labels. The children may be able to identify their belongings at home, but it is surprising how difficult they find it when they haven't worn something for a while and it looks so similar to everyone else’s!
Please remember that children need a full water bottle every day and we will send them home every night for a wash and refill.
Things to Do at Home
Times Table Rock Stars
Practise your times tables and test your recall of multiplication facts against the clock.
Play exciting maths game such as 'Push the Button'
Listen to stories and read along
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