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Emeralds' Class

Summer 2018/19                      Emeralds Class Year 3/4                      30th April 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the final term of the Year - I cannot believe we are here already! As always, we have lots to fit in before the end of the term, so we are going to be very busy.

This half term the Emeralds will be exploring:

· English – we are continuing to make effective changes to our own work and the work of our peers. We will be completing a unit of work on the film ‘Dream Giver’ where the children will be writing their own fantasy stories and newspaper reports based on the story. ‘Gulliver’ will be our next text where the children will be writing diary entries about Gulliver’s journey and writing their own adventure stories. The children will be writing non-chronological reports about their own imaginary creatures based on the film ‘Marshmallows’. Throughout this term, the children will also be practicing for the end of year production.

· Maths – money, statistics, time and shape.

· Science – ‘How does your garden grow?’ We will be exploring different plants and the conditions they need to grow. We will also be exploring electricity with our ‘Switched on’ topic.  

· Geography – we will be learning about different settlements and land use to see which would be the most effective in a range of situations.

· History – Exploring how the Ancient Greeks have influenced the modern world. 

· Computing – email, databases, simulations and graphing all taught through ‘PurpleMash’.

· PSHE – becoming an active citizen, keeping myself safe and moving on.

· R.E. – ‘Why Jesus is an inspiration to some’.

· P.E. – athletics and summer games

· Art – linked to topic and taught by Mrs Mackenzie – clay

· Music – taught by the music service.

· British values – tolerance and mutual respect taught through the curriculum.

Things to remember:

  • School times – 8.45am – 3.15pm. The classroom door opens from 8:35.
  • Uniform – please make sure ALL items of clothing are named, including coats and sun hats. We have taken lots of unclaimed jumpers and fleeces down to the lost property box in reception. If you are missing any please go and check the box.
  • PE– Tuesday and Wednesday. Every Tuesday afternoon your child will be taking part in a dance session so will need an indoor kit. On Wednesday your child will be taking part in an athletics session so will need an outdoor kit. It is important that your child has both indoor and outdoor PE kits for these sessions. PE kits can be brought at the beginning of the half term and stay in school safely.  
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and due in on the following Thursday - please support your child with this where possible. If you have any problems completing this, please let me know. Again, completed homework is linked with Kellington Shining Stars – the children need to complete homework to receive their star.
  • Weekly spellings will be given out on a Friday with homework to be practised at home ready for a test the following Friday. These spellings will be based around an age appropriate spelling rule.
  • Your child will have two instant recall target facts (SMIRFs) for maths and these are found at the back of their reading record. Please support your child to practise these at home ready to be tested in school. If you have any questions regarding the SMIRF targets, please do not hesitate to ask. If you don’t have your child’s targets, please let me know and I can get them for you.
  • Daily reading – your child will bring home a reading book each day, please sign in your child’s reading record and indicate pages read. It is your child’s responsibility to change their book and hand in their reading record daily. We are continuing with our reading challenge of 21 stamps but we also have our Kellington Shining Stars. Your child needs to read 3 times a week at home to get their stamp.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see me or get in touch, the door is always open! 

Thank you for your support.

Amy Beadnell and the Emeralds team


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