Welcome to Ash Class Year 3/4
Our Teaching Team is:
Mrs Eyre and Mrs Bailey.
We are so excited about the year ahead. Our whole team are looking forward to working hard with you all, but also having some fun and creating lots of super memories with each and every one of you.
A few things to remember:
- Please bring a named water bottle to school each day.
- We enter, from 8.40am, and exit, from 3.15-3.30pm, through the end door from the blue pod
- If your child requires an inhaler please ensure that they have it in school.
- If you have a sports afterschool club, wear your school uniform and bring your PE kit in a bag so that you can get changed after school.
- Please check all your clothes are labelled, especially coats and jumpers!
- Please remember our school uniform policy.
Please note the following days for your child to come to school ready in their PE kit. Hair should be tied back and removes earrings before school. If it is their swimming day, could children please come in their PE kit and bring their Swimming Kit to change into. (no costumes under clothes):
Our Home Learning:
Your current 'set' of 10 spelling words from your 'Super Spelling' booklet, which will be tested through the week.
When an adult has listened to you read, please record this in your reading record. All reading can be recorded not just your school reading book. Remember you can also use Active Learn to read e-Books. Website: ActiveLearn: Login (activelearnprimary.co.uk)
Times tables will be taught in school and should also be practiced at home. Remember you can use the Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) website to practice. Website: Times Tables Rock Stars (ttrockstars.com)
Click below to find your spelling booklet and more information about home learning - reading, spellings and times tables.
If you would like to know more about how to help your child at home, please use the links below to take you to helpful pages on our website:)
Below are our topic subjects for 2022 - 2023.
In the Summer Term, Awesome Ash will be learning about "Gods and Mortals" in Ancient Greece.
In Mathematics, we are going to be further working on our grid method to help our timetables and revisiting decimals, fractions and problem-solving activities.
In English, we are going to be looking at descriptive poetry and the great Greek Odyssey.
In Science, we began are investigating into plants and animals and focusing on their diet, habitat, appearance, predators and prey.
In Computing, we are going to use our laptops to begin work on coding our very own platforming video game.
In our Humanities, we are going to delve into the society of Ancient Greece looking at their religion, culture and inventions. What have the Greeks done for us?
And for Design & Technology we are going to be creating our own Greek Yogurt using authentic flavours!
This half term our topic is "Powerful Potions" where we will be studying the text "George's Marvellous Medicine" by Roald Dahl. The children will focus on a chapter each day and make character profiles, use adverbs to describe how the characters moves, listing exciting adjectives and predict what may happen next. They will be writing their own recipe for a "powerful potions" using all sorts of things you might find at home and use imperative verbs, bullet points and adjectives to describe the process. I am sure it will be an explosive piece of writing! In English during the last week, we will be looking at riddles and limericks, having fun with words and writing our own poems too.
In Science, the children will be finding out about states of matter - gases, solids and liquids - and being super scientists carrying out fun experiments such as evaporation and condensation to demonstrate the water cycle. In Art, the class will be studying the artist Quentin Blake who drew the illustrations for all Roald Dahl books as well as a few of his own. We will also be re-designing front covers for the books in the style of Blake and also designing Mother's Day and Easter Cards too.
We will be using a music program to compose our own music to accompany the Roald Dahl story or to show the process of the water cycle in Computing. In PSHE, we are celebrating how we are all different and sharing our work aspirations for the future. Our RE lessons will focus on baptism, the Trinity, the Gospel and the Easter Story. In French we will be learning our numbers up to 31, the days of the week and months of the year. We will continue gymnastics in our PE sessions, using mats and apparatus to devised a sequence using balances, jumps and rolls.
In Mathematics, we are continuing to focus on the 4 operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - to solve 1 and 2 step word problems. We are also looking a 2D shapes, naming their properties and stating how many lines of symmetry they have or if their lines are parallel. The children will continue to learn their times tables so please keep practising at home out loud, written down or using internet games such as "Hit the Button" or Times Tables Rock Star - their individual login is at the back of their reading diary.
Last term's exciting topic was called "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner" and was all about our capital city.
In Guided Reading, we looked at "Street Child" by Berlie Doherty and learnt how to use key vocabulary to answer comprehension questions about the text. As reading detectives, we backed up our ideas with text evidence to prove we were right! Also remember to hear your child read at least 3 times a week and record it in their yellow diary. Please ensure your child has their diary and reading book with them at school too, as they read every day before and after lunch.
In English we wrote a non chronological report about London using sub-headings to structure our writing such as "London Landmarks", "Population", "The Royal Family" and "Fascinating Facts". We will also wrote a newspaper report about our new King, King Charles III.
In Geography, compared human and physical features of London and the importance of the river Thames. In History, we delved into famous historical events in London!
In Music, we learnt songs relating to London from different periods of time such as "London's Bridge is falling down", "Doing the Lambeth Walk" and a modern "London Rap". We tried to learn to play the recorder and performed "London's Burning" together.
In Science, we began our own scientific experiment into sound and sound waves, looking at how sound travels over different distances.
In Computing, we used search engines safely to find out fascinating facts about London to add to our own non-chronological reports.
In Maths, we used our knowledge of place value to add and subtract mentally before progressing onto column methods. Keep practising times tables at home so that your child knows them off by heart from x2 to x12. Each week they are tested and have to answer 60 questions in 5 minutes! Little and often works wonders and they are so pleased if they get them right. Use Times Table Rock Stars at home - their log in details are in their reading diaries.
If you have any books or photographs about London, please send them in for your child to share with the class. Paddington Bear toys are also acceptable as "Paddington" by Michael Bond is our class read this half term!
Last term's topic was: Follow the Fantasy!
We enjoyed studying one of my favourite classic texts - "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S Lewis. We also watched the amazing film about Narnia in order to develop our creativity. We used descriptive language and expanded noun phrases to create character profiles of the Faun and the White Witch. We used our senses to describe the winter wonderland of Narnia and create our own narrative adventure through the magic wardrobe! We looked at persuasive writing and drafted a persuasive letter to the White Witch asking for her help in making Summer return.
In Design Technology, we made a wardrobe from recycled boxes and then designing an alarm and security light system to protect Narnia from outsiders. Thank you for your box donations.
In Science, we found out about electricity, batteries, bulbs and buzzers, creating our own circuit systems and learning about electricity safety.
In History, we researched the life of C.S Lewis and explored other novels that he wrote in the Narnia series.
Our topic last term was:
We explored the life for the Mayas and found out about the people, the Gods they worshipped, religious temples, where they lived, occupations, their unique writing system, clothes they wore, festivals and celebrations.
Remember to regularly visit our school library, and enjoy the wide variety of books it has on offer.
Pick a reading book to read in school and at home.
We are looking forward to an amazing term ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have in the meantime.
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