Welcome to Class 3
We hope you all had a wonderful summer break and are looking forward to the term ahead as much as we are! Our topic this term is 'Walk Like an Egyptian'. The topic will begin with a flight back to Ancient Egypt complete with refreshments so make sure your passports are ready! Within this topic, we will explore the daily lives of the Ancient Egyptians, learn about the Gods and Goddesses and their importance as will as the significance of the Nile and many other aspects of this time. In art, the children will learn to communicate using hieroglyphics and create their own Egyptian profiles. They will need to be creative, engineers for our DT which will require them to design and make their own Shaduf. Our Science topics Light and Electricity will link to our topic with the children creating their own God or Goddess shadow puppets and an electronic Ancient Egypt quiz board.
In Maths, we will begin with 'Place Value' in which year 3 will be working on their understanding of numbers with up to 3-digits and year 4 going into the thousands. Children really need a secure understanding of place value before moving on to other mathematical skills so it is important to ensure this foundation is really secure.
In English, we will begin with writing character descriptions and learning about techniques such as alliteration and similes. Following on from this, we will learn to write stories written in the first person. To do this, we will be using the text 'The Scarab's Secret' which also links to our topic. Reading is a really important part of the children's learning and we will be starting off our whole class reading with a classic by Dick King Smith 'The Hodgeheg'. Each week, the children will be exposed to new vocabulary which they will then have at their disposal to use in their writing. To extend their vocabulary further,we will also have a 'Word of the Day'.
Homework - This will be given out on a Friday and collected the following Thursday. As well as the homework set in their books, it is important for the children to read at least 3 times a week to an adult and to regularly practise their times tables. If you are looking for some inspiration, The Book Trust website is an excellent place to start. A great way for the children to practise their times tables is by using Times Tables Rock Stars! Each child has their own login which they can use at home as well as in school (these will be sent home in their homework books). Year 4 will be taking the Multiplication Tables Check in the Summer term which requires them to answer each question within 6 seconds so no time for counting up on their fingers! The Soundcheck section on TT Rock Stars is very similar to the format of the tables check.
This first half term, the children will have the exciting opportunity to learn new skills in yoga and dance classes which they will have on Tuesday afternoons. In addition, I will be teaching PE on Friday afternoons but it would be helpful to have their kits in everyday in case spare clothes or trainers are needed. This term we will be focusing on developing our netball skills and gymnastics skills. Madame Clark will continue to teach French on Thursday mornings.
After half term, Belinda Midwinter will lead Wild Tribe sessions every Tuesday afternoon. To support our English and aim to improve children's understanding of a range of vocabulary, Belinda has planned some exciting activities linked to one of our favourite picture books (you'll have to wait and see which one). The children will be going out in all weathers so please can they have the correct clothing and wellies. Waterproof trousers as well as a coat would be ideal if the children have them. This will be such a wonderful experience for the children and a fantastic opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the great outdoors in this beautiful part of the world.
The children's well being is of the utmost importance and we aim to create a happy, healthy environment for all. With this in mind, we will be enjoying some creative, mindfulness activities on Wednesday which we are calling 'Wellbeing Wednesday'. If you have any worries or questions, please do not hesitate in coming to see us.
Miss H Frayn