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Emeralds' Class

Autumn A 2017/18                    EMERALDS CLASS Year 3/4


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you have all had a wonderful summer holiday and that the children are excited to be back at school. We are looking forward to a busy and fun half term ahead!


Things to remember:


  • School times – 8.35am – 3.15pm. Classroom doors are open from 8:35.
  • Uniform – please make sure ALL items of clothing are named, including coats and hats.
  • Swimming – The children will be going swimming on a Tuesday afternoon (starting Tuesday 12th September). Please ensure that your child has the appropriate swimwear and towel with them every Tuesday.
  •  PE – Our other PE day will be Friday. Outdoor trainers will be needed. It is extremely important that your child is equipped for these sessions. It is advisable that your child brings their PE kit in on a Monday and leaves it in school until Friday.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday- please support your child with this where possible.
  • Weekly spellings will be given out on a Friday and must be learnt ready for a spelling test on the following Friday. These spellings will be a mixture of curriculum spellings, spelling patterns and topic related spellings.
  • 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 will be your child’s responsibility to change their book when they have finished it. Please support your child in regular reading.
  • SMIRF targets- 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 fortnightly in school. If you have any questions regarding the SMIRF targets, please do not hesitate to ask.



If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 


Thank you for your support.

Mrs Parker/Mrs N Brinkworth

What will we be learning in Emeralds this half term?


We will be reading some extracts from stories by Roald Dahl. We will then write fact files, character descriptions and instructions based on these. We will also be reading the book ‘Weslandia’ by Paul Fleischman. Within these sessions we will be focusing on:

  • Describing a character.
  • Non-Chronological Reports
  • Retelling a story
  • Book reviews

We will be learning about and using the grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives from the year 3/4 curriculum.



Children will be practising their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in the areas of:

-       Number and Place Value

-       Addition and Subtraction

-       Multiplication and Division

-       Fractions



Our topic for the half term is ‘Living Things and their Habitats’.

The children will be learning about:

  •  How to group living things
  • How to use a classification key
  • Food chains




Ancient Egyptians

During this unit of work the children will be learning about: Who the Ancient Egyptians were; what life was like in Ancient Egypt; mummies; who Tutankhamun was; how to write like an Egyptian and Egyptian Gods.



The children will be learning how to design, write and debug simple programs through coding.



Our units for this half term are swimming and football.



The children will be learning about greetings, numbers and colours.



Our DT day this half term will be linked to the History topic of Ancient Egyptians. We are going to be focusing on levers and mechanics, using our knowledge to produce ‘Shadufs’.



Me and My Relationships

In PSHE we will be discussing valuing ourselves and what our unique qualities are. We are also thinking about friendship and how we can be a good friend to others.



The RE unit this term is: What makes Jesus an inspiration?



Our Art work will be linked to our topic of Ancient Egypt. We will be using a range of techniques such as painting, collage and clay work.

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