Welcome back to Class 3! I hope you have all had a relaxing Easter break.
This half term, in Literacy we will be linking our literacy closely with our exciting topic of Ancient Greece. We will be studying Greek myths and then writing our own myths, longer pieces of poetry and newspaper reports.
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, focusing closely 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. I will ensure that copies of the spellings are on the homework letter too, so that if the children forget to take their books home these will still be available.
Some areas of maths we will be covering in this half term will include: properties of number (squares, cubes, primes and factors) to increase our confidence with manipulating numbers; and mental methods of multiplication (linked to times table confidence).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.
We will continue to practise our Kung Fu mental maths fluency a few times a week and it is important that children work hard inside and outside school to learn 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, we will be travelling back in time to Ancient Greece. Looking at everyday life in ancient times, myths and fantastical beasts and our topic will culminate with our very own Greek day, where we will sample Greek food and dress up as citizens of Ancient Greece.
Science this half term will be all about Sound. We will be learning all about how sound is made, all about pitch, vibrations and volume and doing our very own sound investigation and making our own musical instruments.
This half term our RE focus will be widening our understanding of Judaism, looking at Jewish celebrations and festivals and widening our understanding of other religions.
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 athletics and a Thursday afternoon with Junior Jam.
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 arrange a time with me or catch me after school.