Welcome back to Class 3! I hope you have all had a good Christmas break and are looking forward to continuing our adventure through the Spring term.
This half term, in Literacy we will be linking our literacy closely with our topic of Anglo Saxons and will be studying the story of Beowulf. We will approach all our reading and writing targets this term through this book and immerse ourselves in an ancient world of heroes, monsters and adventure.
It is expected that all children read on a daily basis and their Reading Records to be kept up to date. I teach Guided reading daily, to promote reading for comprehension, focussing on skills such as inference, deduction and understanding. This time will also be used to build grammar confidence using textual clues. Children will be asked to think about the meaning of new words, find different linguistic features such as prefixes/suffixes, verbs etc. and to think about the effect of the word choice in the text.
Spellings will be given weekly on a Monday, and will be tested the following Monday.
Some areas of maths we will be covering in this half term will include; 2D and 3D shape, symmetry, translation, rotation, time, measure and of course confidence in number. We will continue to promote a mastery approach encouraging fluency in mathematical understanding and independent problem solving rather than rote learning for tests. We will develop skills such as visualisation, questioning, mental strategies and pattern recognition.
Children need to focus on learning their times tables up to 12, as this is a national requirement that by the end of Yr 4, children should know their tables fluently. Times tables are key to so many areas of maths and it will help them greatly to have a strong grasp of these number facts. If children are struggling with remembering their times tables there are many different ways of practicing them. We use a mixture of chanting, singing, timed tests, inverse practice, interactive games to name just a few. There are a variety of interactive games that can be downloaded onto iPads and other tablets and quick fire practice whilst in the car or out for a walk etc. can be a great way to keep a constant focus on the areas that they need to learn.
This half term our topic will have a history focus, linking to Literacy and reading, as we will be studying the Anglo Saxons. We will travel back in time to this interesting time and learn all about their daily life and adventures. We will become historians and archaeologists and use evidence to uncover the secrets of Sutton Hoo.
Science will be very exciting, this half term. We will be looking at ‘Animals including humans’ and will learn all about the digestive system, teeth and embed our learning by doing investigation and honing our skills of prediction, analysis and building conclusions.
This half term our RE focus will be inspirational people. We will consider the characteristics of an inspiring person and to think about who might provide personal inspiration. We will study the words and actions of inspirational people which will inspire us to think about how we can try to make a difference, if only in a small way, in our own lives.
Children need to have a P.E kit in school at all times – both indoors and outdoors. This half term the children will have P.E on a Wednesday afternoon with me and we will be focussing on games and a Thursday afternoon with Junior Jam.
This half term we will be building up our vocabulary and beginning to describe people e.g. their hair, height etc. We will be recapping what we have learned so far and using song, video, actions and fun to help.
Homework will be set weekly and sent home in the child’s homework folder. Spellings will be written in their Spelling books and should be regularly practised at home, using strategies such as look, cover, write, check and writing them in interesting sentences. Homework will be relevant to the learning done in class and it is important that it is completed on time. Homework may be in the form of a sheet which supports class learning, recapping something, trying something new, or it may be a research project, where a child is asked to work independently to produce a piece of work.
If you have any concerns or would like to talk to me, please feel free to drop in any morning or after school as I am always available.