Year 3 & 4

Year 3/4 - Birch, Willow & Ash

Autumn Term – Curriculum Newsletter 

Dear Parents, Carers & Guardians,

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

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

ROBOTS!

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

English – We will be using Robots as the inspiration for many writing opportunities! This will include retelling the story of Bibo the Robot; writing an overview of the history of robots; explaining how they are made and writing a recount of our Eureka trip.

Educational Visit - We will be visiting Eureka on Wednesday 10th October to learn how to use an algorithm to program a Robot and to enhance their science learning about sound and electricity. There will another letter soon with all of the details.

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. This supports them in their understanding of a range of different texts. This term Y3/4 will be exploring the author Michael Morpurgo, with a special focus on ‘This Morning I Met a Whale’.

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.

Apologies if your child has not yet received their reading book. We are still awaiting a delivery.

Maths - The children will practice their arithmetic skills daily! These skills come into so many aspects of their maths work as do recalling their times tables. Please support your child with the learning of their times tables at home, within homework or even on the way to school!

We will continue to build on the children’s previous learning. This half term they will be learning about place value, partitioning, fractions and the four operations. There will be a focus on problem solving using all four operations.

Science – The children will be learning about how sounds are made and how we hear them. They will also be exploring how to construct simple electrical circuits.

Art - The children will be exploring the works of San Francisco based, donut and robot loving artist - Eric Joyner.

This will then lead to an exciting DT project after the half term break!

To help us with this exciting project, the saving of any large cardboard boxes at home would be greatly appreciated! We will keep you updated of when we need you to bring them in!

Computing - The children will be learning how to use the 2Animate software to create animations of robots. They will also be learning how to write and use programming code.

Homework - This will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  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.

Important Links - We always encourage your children to access learning in different ways. We know that your child enjoys accessing Mathletics and Bug Club. Here are the websites:

www.uk.mathletics.com/
www.activelearnprimary.co.uk    (Remember the schools code is AG9R)

As always, if you have any concerns regarding your child; want to know about their progress or have any messages, please feel free to come and see us when we are on the playground in a morning.

The Year 3/4 Team