Welcome to Sycamore Class!
Welcome back to the start of a really exciting learning journey in Year3/4. I hope you have all had a fun and relaxing summer holiday, I can't wait to see you to hear all about your amazing adventures.
Who is your Superhero?
Our exciting D&T themed Topic is based around what makes a superhero? I don't want to give too much away, so here's a few questions to get you thinking. Watch this space for more details....
Week 1- Which design would you choose and why?
Week 2- Why is it important to test and evaluate materials?
Week 3- Why is planning important?
Week 4- Why is a prototype important?
Week 5- Why is it important to measure and cut materials accurately?
Week 6- What areas of development did you find?
Week 7- What happens if a costume doesn't meet its purpose?
English will continue to be enhanced by our daily Active English lessons to secure the understanding of grammar in a unique, fun and extremely active way! We will also be writing informative newspaper reports and exciting stories on the theme of Superheroes.
Children should read daily to a grown up, at home, for at least 10 minutes a day, please may I ask you to regularly sign their reading diary as evidence of this (reading 5 times a week will automatically earn the children homework points). As a class we are all striving to reach our 75 plus reads, so not only will the children be rewarded for their efforts, but the more reading material they are exposed to, will show an improvement in their use of language in developing their writing. Please remember your child should not only be reading the words on the page, they must be able to understand what they have read. Please encourage them to talk freely about their book and ask them lots of questions.
During Maths we will continue to develop the skill of fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Not only will the children deepen their understanding of applying practical skills, but they will also have the capability to explain why. This half term we will focus on place value, measures, subtraction and addition, fractions, shape and statisitcs. In addition to this we will be applying Magic Maths (this is where we will be really developing and securing our fluency skills), beginning with our times tables and revisiting the ones that we are finding tricky.
Percy Parker is going to be singing this with us to help us, and remember that there is TT Rockstars too!
PE will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. This is an important part of the curriculum therefore all children are expected to partake in physical activity. If for any reason your child is unable to participate, then please could you let me know. Children will need kit for both outdoor and indoor activities, therefore if these could be brought in on a Monday then I will send them home on Friday to be washed ready for the following week.
Swimming will start after Christmas for all Year 4 children.
For future reference, it is important that children bring the correct swimwear, including a towel. Girls must wear an all in one swimming costume (tankinis and bikinis are not suitable) and boys must wear either fitted swimming trunks or shorts (boarding, loose fitted shorts are not permitted). In addition,due to safety reasons, if the children have their ears pierced they need to be responsible for being able to independently remove them for PE please, and children with long hair must have it tied back (this includes long fringes to be clipped back out of eyes).
If the children want to wear swimming goggles, then a form will need to be signed by their grown up please ( these can be obtained from school reception).
Homework will be set on a Friday and should be returned on the following Friday, so we can share our amazing talents with each other. The children are trying hard to achieve their 30 points to gain a well deserved award for their home learning.
Weekly spellings will be set after the children have been taught the spelling pattern and ways in which to apply them. It is important that the children are able to apply them in the context of a sentence and not just remember them as a list. As always, your continued support in applying this is very much appreciated. These will be issued on a Monday and tested on Friday, remember if the children achieve between 8/10 spellings each week, then they will automatically earn homework points.
Dates for the Diary:
Wednesday 5th September - Children return to School.
Friday 26th October - Break up for 1 week.
Monday 5th November- Return to school.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to come in and talk to me.
As always in Sycamore class, this half term is going to be Totally Awesome !