Year 3 & 4

Year 3/4 - Birch, Willow & Ash

Spring Term – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 3/4

Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,

Welcome back! We hope that you have had a fabulous holiday!

This term the children in Year 3/4 will be following a topic entitled… Wild World.

Please find below a brief description of what the children will be learning and studying.

English – We will using different animals from around the world as our inspiration for writing opportunities.  Firstly, we will begin by writing information reports on interesting animals around the world, using documentaries to aid writing. Later we will look at myths including saints and heroes and lastly adventure stories.

Spellings and Keywords - Keywords are checked in class and always in a different order from the list. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practice their key words to read and spell every day with you. 

Reading – The children will participate in Whole Class Reading sessions daily, which supports them in their understanding of a range of texts. This term we will reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

Home Reading – Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools; we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book.

Maths - We are focusing on the children’s arithmetic skills, as these are fundamental mathematical skills that come into so many aspects of their maths work. We also want to promote the importance of learning the times tables and a rapid recall of the multiplication facts is what we are aiming for. Please support your child with their times tables at home or even on the way to school.This half term the children will be learning addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions. We will be exploring these aspects of maths with a focus on developing the children’s fluency skills alongside their reasoning and problem solving skills.

P.E – The children in Year 3/4 will have PE every Wednesday, please ensure that they have their kit with them, including appropriate clothing and footwear to go outside as the weather gets colder.

Science – The children will be exploring different ways to group animals, how to use classification keys and recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Geography – In Geography, we will begin by learning the eight points of a compass. Next we will look at atlases and maps and locate countries of Europe, then the main counties and cities, including capital cities, of the UK. We will also describe key aspects of physical geography such as climate zomes, biomes and vegetation belts. Finally, we will learn all about Human Geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. 

Computing - The children will be learning about keeping safe online. We will look at the credibility of some sources online as well as have planning a range of resources to help parents and children to understand online safety.

Homework – Homework has changed across the academy and we will no longer be handing out paper copies every week. Your child will have been given their log on details to mathletics, times table rock stars and bug club. They will be assigned tasks to complete. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them. If your child has any issues accessing these at homme please let their class teacher know. 

As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, on the playground in the morning or after school

The Year 3/4 Team