Year 3/4M 2018 - 2019

Mrs McNally

 

                               

Welcome to 3/4M!

 

 

              

        Mrs McNally  Mrs Holliday     Miss Andrew        Mrs Rooney

                      3/4M Class Teachers                   HLTA            Teaching Assistant

 

Welcome to Year 3/4

'Achieve Excellence!' 

 

Coming Soon ... January 2019

Our topic for the spring term is 'Extreme Earth’. During this topic, the children will develop their knowledge of Physical Geography. We will learn about the world we live in; explore the Earth’s extreme climate; become familiar with the water cycle; research how volcanoes, earthquakes, cyclones and tornadoes are formed; explore areas that are prone to earthquakes and explore our role in looking after the earth.

English

In Years 3 and 4, we will be focusing on the following things:

  • Developing our comprehension skills - working on word meaning, retrieval and inference questions. We will be improving our vocabulary and understanding, as well as answering questions by using clues in the text.
  • Becoming familiar with features of adventure and fantasy stories, non-chronological texts and list poems.
  • Continuing to develop our love of reading.  4F LOVE reading! 
  • Being introduced to and inspired by different authors – Our author of the month for January- Dick King-Smith (The Hodgeheg), February – Georgia Pritchett (Wilf the Mighty Worrier Saves the World), March – David Walliams (The Boy in the Dress), and April – Anne Fine (Flour Babies).
  • Writing alternative endings, recounts, sequels inspired by books we have read, playscripts, performing, writing and reciting poetry, writing persuasive letters and explanation texts. 
  • Improving our knowledge of SPaG. We will focus on: varying sentence types - simple, compound and complex, experimenting with different sentence openers - adverb, verb, preposition, adjective, simile, using determiners to give more details about the noun, writing expanded noun phrases and exploring fronted adverbials.

Maths

  • In Maths we will be continuing to look at the 4 mathematical operations and mathematical reasoning. We will be focussing on developing our fluency, problem-solving and reasoning using APE. (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it!) We will also be working on …time, fractions, measure, capacity and mass, length and shape.

It would be really helpful if you could: 

  • Practise all of the times tables.
  • Let your child explain what they have done in Maths that day.
  • Explore topics assigned on Mathletics.

Science

This term we will be exploring States of Matter and Electricity.

States of Matter

We will compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). We will identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

Electricity

We will identify common appliances that run on electricity. We will construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers. We will identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery. We will recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit. We will investigate and recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

  

Topic – Extreme Earth

We will be developing our geographical skills, describing and understanding key aspects of physical geography. We will learn about the life cycle of water, in particular, the important processes of evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation and collection. We will investigate and become familiar with the process involved in volcanic eruptions. We will identify extreme weather and describe safety precautions for extreme weather. We will learn about the water cycle through discussion and drawing and to investigate elements of the water cycle through relevant experiments. We will use maps, atlases, globes and digital /computer mapping to locate countries.

In DT, we will design and make volcanoes and use our Science knowledge to help them erupt.

In Art, we will look at the Japanese artist – Hokusai and experiment with tie dye, marbling and water colours.

In Computing, we will be creating animations.

In PSHCE, we will look at the role we play in looking after our world.

In RE, we will be looking at Sikhism. We will become familiar with Sikhism life and celebrations. We will look at Sikh beliefs about God and creation.

PE Days

We have P.E. on Mondays and Wednesdays so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school, (t-shirt, shorts and pumps) all earrings must be removed or covered up. If your child needs a new PE kit, they are available to buy at the school office. This term we will be going swimming on Wednesday so please ensure your child has swimming trunks and a bathing suit.

Homework

Your child will receive spellings and Maths homework every Friday.

Maths homework needs to be returned on the following Wednesday.

Spellings to be returned on Friday.

Children will have a spelling test every Friday.

We expect children to read daily for at least 15 minutes and to continue to learn their times tables.

 

Autumn 2018

 

Our topic for the autumn term is 'Ancient Egypt'. During this topic, the children will travel back in time and discover some of the achievements of this early civilization. They will develop their knowledge of World History; investigate ancient artefacts; explore Ancient Egyptian daily life; research: Egyptian Gods, pharaohs, pyramids, hieroglyphs and become familiar with the mummification process.

English

In Years 3 and 4, we will be focusing on the following things:

  •  Developing our comprehension skills - working on word meaning, retrieval and inference questions. We will be improving our vocabulary and understanding, as well as answering questions by using clues in the text.

  • Becoming familiar with features of myths, legends, Haikus and non-fiction texts.

  • Continuing to develop our love of reading.  3/4M LOVE reading! 

  • Being introduced to and inspired by different authors – Our author of the month for September- Roald Dahl (The Twits), October - Jeremy Strong (Let's do the Pharaoh), November -Frank Cottrell Boyce (Desirable), and December - Terry Jones (Fairy Tales).

  • Writing setting and character descriptions, recounts, sequels inspired by books we have read, playscripts, performing, writing and reciting poetry (Haikus), writing and following instructions and creating non-chronological reports about Ancient Egypt. 

  • Improving our knowledge of SPaG. We will focus on extending the range of sentences with one or more clause using a wider range of conjunctions, choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately, and expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions.

Maths

  • In Maths we will be looking at the 4 mathematical operations and mathematical reasoning. We will be focussing on developing our fluency, problem-solving and reasoning using APE. (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it!) We will also be working on place value, money, fractions and position and direction.

    It would be really helpful if you could: 

  • Practise all of the times tables.
     
  • Let your child explain what they have done in Maths that day.

Science

This term we will be exploring Animals including humans.


We will identify that animals, including humans need the right types of food and amount of nutrition. We will identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. We will describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. We will identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.

  

Topic - Ancient Egypt

We will be developing our geographical skills, describing and understanding key aspects of physical and human geography. We will look at types of settlement and land use. We will use maps, atlases, globes and digital /computer mapping to locate countries.

We will travel back in time and investigate the early civilization of Ancient Egypt and research Egyptian daily life. In DT, we will design and make bread inspired by our Ancient Egyptian research. In Art, we will look at sculpture and create death masks. 

In RE, we will be looking at Christianity and becoming familiar with the Ten Commandments.

  

PE Days

We have P.E. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school, (t-shirt, shorts and pumps) all earrings must be removed or covered up. If your child needs a new PE kit, they are available to buy at the school office. 

Homework

Your child will receive spellings and Maths homework every Friday.

Maths homework needs to be returned on the following Wednesday.

Spellings to be returned on Friday.

Children will have a spelling test every Friday.

We expect children to read daily for at least 15 minutes and to continue to learn their times tables.

 

It's going to be a busy term so let's get learning!

 

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