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Emeralds' Class

Autumn B 2017/18                    EMERALDS CLASS Year 3/4

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you have all had a fantastic October half term holiday. We are looking forward to another 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  Please ensure that your child has the appropriate swimwear and towel with them every Tuesday.
  •  PE – Please note – our other PE day has changed to a Monday as the children will be taking part in yoga sessions. They will need their indoor PE kit for these sessions.
  • 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. Each time your child reads at home they can colour a square on our reading race which they can then earn prizes for. 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?

English:

We will be reading some of the stories from David Walliam’s books – The World’s Worst Children and The World’s Worst Children 2. This will provide us with lots of different opportunities for writing, including:

-       Letters

-       Information Factfiles

-       Newspaper reports

-       Setting descriptions

Children will then invent their own character and write a story about them.

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

 

Maths:

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

-       Multiplication and Division

-       Fractions

-       Geometry

 

Science:

Our topic for the half term is ‘Animals including Humans’.

The children will be learning about:

  •  Nutrition
  • Teeth
  • The Digestive system

 

Geography:

The UK

During this unit of work the children will be doing lots of map work. They will learn about:

Countries and cities of the UK, rivers and seas, counties, hills and mountains.

 

Computing:

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

 

PE:

Our units for this half term are swimming and yoga.

 

French:

The children will be learning about animals and doing some Christmas related French work.

 

DT:

Our DT day this half term will be based on food technology. The children will be designing and making a Christmas savoury snack.

 

PSHE:

My Healthy Lifestyle

In PSHE we will be discussing healthy lifestyles including healthy eating and exercise.

 

RE

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

 

Art

We are going to do some landscape painting using pointillism. We will also be doing Christmas related arts and crafts.

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