Year 3 and 4
Welcome to Year 3/4 at St. George’s.
Class teacher: Mrs A Jones
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Abbey
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a lovely Summer break are ready for the new term. We have lots of interesting and exciting things planned and this newsletter will provide you with all the important information about what your child will be learning.
Homework will be set every Thursday. This will mainly be in the form of weekly spellings, with occasional maths work.
Our first topic for this term is The Stone Age to the Iron Age! Our main learning focus will be history; the children will study timelines and learn about the chronology of history. They will look at changes over time, focusing on houses, settlements, hunting and farming.
During this topic we will create some exciting Art work, focusing on cave paintings. We will re-create a version of Stonehenge using clay.
We will also study the lost village of Skara Brae, which is more than 4000 years old and is located on the Orkney Islands.
Throughout the Autumn Term we will be reinforcing and building on our knowledge of place value and the number system. We will also build on our knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using both written and mental methods. We will apply these skills to number problems and investigations. We will also continue to practise and learn multiplication and division facts. Please continue to practise times tables facts at home! It is expected that the children know all their times tables by the end of Year 4.
The children will deepen their understanding of sentence structure and punctuation by producing a range of writing linked to our class novels, ‘Stone Age Boy’ and ‘Stig of the Dump.’ They will learn the ingredients of a simple sentence and build on extending sentences using adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and a variety of sentence openers. They will revisit their story writing skills, learning how to use description to keep their reader interested and in suspense. They will learn how to structure their writing through planning their ideas and organising writing into paragraphs. We will also focus on developing the children’s oral literacy skills by rehearsing a story and allowing the children to adapt it to create their own writing. They will also be given the opportunity to edit and redraft their own work.
There will be lots of reading opportunities throughout the week, including guided reading sessions in small groups, whole class reading comprehension lessons, individual reading to an adult and whole class quiet reading where the children can read for enjoyment. We encourage the children to spend at least 10 minutes a day reading at home; whether it be individual or sharing a book with brothers, sisters or parents.
Spellings – Weekly spellings will be sent home on a Thursday and the children will be tested on the following Thursday.
Reading-We would like to encourage the children to read as often as possible at home, and have set up a reading challenge in class with rewards.
PE – Tigers Trust will be delivering weekly lessons every Wednesday to year 3/4
We will start with hockey, then move onto tag rugby.
We will have an additional P.E lesson every Friday. Please ensure that the children have
full P.E kit each day, including suitable outdoor footwear (eg trainers)