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Welcome to Class 3/4 - Mrs Hallsworth

Hello and welcome to Class 3 /4. Mr Taylor and I have been very pleased with the sensible and mature way our class have returned to school after what has been a very strange few months. The Year 3 children especially have settled into life at the Juniors really well, and we are already working hard.

We have started the year recapping some of the key learning objectives from the previous year that the children may have missed. This is to ensure there is continuity and to avoid gaps in your child’s learning. Please see below the areas we will be studying during the Autumn term.

English: This half term, our English text will be ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. The Iron Man tells the story of a gigantic metal robot who appears out of nowhere, crashing onto the beach and shattering into many parts. He is discovered by a young boy called Hogarth, who becomes his friend. As we explore the book, we will discuss challenging themes including loyalty, friendship, and emotions. There will be lots of drama and writing opportunities alongside our skills-based English sessions, where we will take a deeper look into the language of the text including the use of repetition, similes, complex sentences and personification. The children will write their own opening to the text and focus on newspaper report writing. After this text we will turn our attention to The BFG by Roald Dahl. This modern classic allows us to focus on characters and diary writing. Our guided reading lessons will include sessions based on our class text when appropriate and a range of text extracts from a variety of books and different sources across the year. This may include biographies, play scripts, leaflets and newspaper articles.

Spelling: Children will continue to have additional spelling sessions alongside our daily English lessons, where we will focus on different spelling patterns and continue to build on the statutory word lists for year 3 and 4. Our new spelling programme links together handwriting, phonic knowledge, spelling rules, grammar and punctuation.

Maths: In Maths, we will continue to develop the children’s arithmetic, fluency and mental maths skills as well as applying their understanding to a variety of problem solving contexts. Across the term, we will look at place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will also work towards knowing their relevant times tables. Year 3’s should aim to know their 2,3,4,5, 8 and 10 times tables fluently; while Year 4’s need to know all times tables up to 12x12.

We will all continue to work on achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for times tables, which go alongside our Times Table Rockstars to reinforce children’s rapid recall skills.

Science: In Science for the first half term we focus on Electricity and during the second half term, Sound. In Electricity the children have the opportunity to build circuits with switches and look at which materials conduct electricity, and which are insulators. The children will learn how to draw electrical circuits using symbols and be able to explain which circuits will work, which won’t and give an explanation why. In Sound the children will identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating; recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear and find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it while recognising that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. The children will be conducting many investigations while working scientifically.  

PE: Class 3 / 4 will have PE on a Tuesday and Thursday.  PE kits will be worn on PE days with Plain black or Navy jogging pants or leggings if the weather is cold. School sweatshirts and cardigans can also be worn. One of these lessons will focus on a particular sport, the first one being hockey. In these lessons, pupils will develop skills of invasion and defence and play small-sided games in groups as per current guidance. The second PE lesson will be a skills-based session, following our Real PE scheme, developing children’s sporting skills with a variety of challenges.

Foundation Subjects

In RE this term, children will be starting their journey looking at the religion of Buddhism. The children will learn about the founder of the Buddhist religion and important festivals, symbols and places of worship for Buddhists.

This term we will be linking our DT work to both our Science and our English work. We will be creating DT projects using ‘Simple circuits and switches’. The work in DT encourages the children to think about the purpose of the product, the design process, making, evaluating and increasing their technical knowledge and understanding. We are planning to make an Iron Man mask with a circuit inside. Watch this space!

 Our Geography topic is locational knowledge which will involve the children becoming more confident when using maps and digi-maps and being able to locate cities, towns and waterways around the country and wider world.

In French we will be focusing on greetings, conversational French (How are you / What is your name), numbers, colours, shopping and Christmas.

In Music the children will be following the Charanga scheme, focusing on the Abba classic Mamma Mia. The children will learn the song, add percussion instruments and some actions before performing it – we hope to be able to upload our finished product to Google Classroom.  

In ICT the children will focus on E-Safety and Coding, before moving on to using search engines.

Homework: Children are asked to complete a Spag.com activity each week and read three times per week. Reading books will not be sent home yet but the children will be given a range of reading-age appropriate reading books on Bug Club. We ask that they read out loud to an adult to improve their fluency and expression as well as giving them an opportunity to discuss the text and ask any questions about the language used. There will be opportunities for the children to complete some Home Learning activities on Google Classroom across the term. This will help to familiarise them with the platform and consolidate the learning that is taking place.

We look forward to a fun and busy year learning together. If you have any questions, please contact me via email.

Mrs Hallsworth

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