Welcome to Gecko Class!
Gecko class is taught by Miss Gissing and will also be supported by Mrs Dale.
The Year 3/4 team have been working hard to create an exciting and interesting curriculum for this year which will engage and motivate you in your learning! You can find an overview of our topics across the year in the document below. Make sure that you check this page regularly as it will be frequently updated with new information and dates. To find out a little bit more about myself, Miss Gissing, please click on the link below to see my profile!
We are very excited to welcome the children back to school, for what promises to be a fun-packed and very full term!
This term our topic is Romans - one we know the children will love! We will be looking at the impact of the Romans have had on our history and culture, and examine what life would have been like for ordinary citizens at this time.
In our Power of Reading and Reading workshop lessons, we will be looking at a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts that focus on the Roman period of History. We will be developing our fluency and stamina for reading, as well as retrieval and comprehension skills.
In addition we will be focusing on performance poetry through Valerie Bloom's excellent collection; 'Hot Like Fire'. We will be exploring different poetry styles, language techniques and performance skills. We will then be using this to write and perform our own poems.
Performance will also be a strong feature of our Oracy lessons. We have high expectations of the children's skills and are trying our hand at a children's version of William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. We have been practising their ability to speak to an audience and communicating with passion, interest and enthusiasm, by performing the famous 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen' speech from this iconic play.
In Maths this term, we will be further developing our understanding of the four main calculations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills and learning to use these skills for problems solving.
We will of course, be continuing to improve our rapid recall of times tables, with weekly targeted lessons and regular 'Times Tables Rock stars' challenges. Please encourage your children to engage with these activities - they are a vital part of the children becoming accurate, quick and confident with their Times Tables recall. This is especially important for the Year 4s, who will be among the first cohort of children in the country to sit the National Multiplication Tables Check in the Summer term.
In Art and D.T we are focusing on Mosaics - and be using a wide variety of tools and techniques to explore this art form, which typifies the Roman period. The children will be designing and making their own Mosaics and will be collaborating in a school wide design Art project.
Science this term also promises to be lots of fun. We will be learning about 'Sound' and we have planned lots of practical experiments that will support the children's understanding of the topic and provide them with exciting opportunities for scientific inquiry and exploration.
We will of course, as always be looking after the children's physical and mental well-being. As well as our brilliant P.E lessons, the Year 4 children will continue to have weekly swimming lessons and continue to build the fantastic skills they are already developing. In our weekly Jigsaw lessons, we will be focusing on our hopes and dreams, as well as our well-being and developing resilience to cope with life's hurdles and challenges.
If this wasn't enough fun already, we are already planning an exciting itinerary of activities for World Book Day on the 3rd March (focus on stories from around the world) and Number Day on 4th February. Keep an eye on the newsletter for more details to follow.
Homework continues from Autumn term. Spellings and either English/Maths homework will be sent home every Friday and the children will be tested on their spellings the following Friday.
Reading was a fantastic focus during the Autumn - with many children making wonderful progress due to the time and commitment they put into practising at home - thank you so much for your help and support; it makes a real difference! Please continue to read with your child 4 x per week. All children who read regularly are entered into our Golden Ticket Draw at Celebration Assembly on a Friday morning.
We hope this gives you a little taster of all the wonderful learning opportunities on offer for the children in Geckos this term. We are always happy to discuss the curriculum, the children's learning and any aspects of their health, happiness and well-being - just speak to us on the playground or message us on the class email.
Keep up the hard work!
Reading: There will be an expectation that reading is done regularly at home, this can be with an adult or independently. This will be checked and encouraged at school and regular readers will be rewarded! Reading for at least 10 minutes a day, or at least four times a week, this has a huge effect on the child's fluency and confidence in reading. Regular reading also supports the development of children's vocabulary and their comprehension.
Homework: There will be weekly Maths, English and spelling homework for your child to complete at home. These tasks will support and embed the learning that has been going on in class.
Personal belongings, clothing and water bottles: Please ensure that all children's belongings are clearly named/labelled so any misplaced items can be returned to your child.This helps us to encourage the children to be responsible and independent in looking after their own belongings.
Handy Links to support your child's learning at home
BBC Bitesize is an invaluable resource, with lots of support for parents;
The BookTrust are experts in children's reading and can help with all your queries;
Oxford Owl is a wonderful source of information on children's learning across the curriculum. On this website you can find information, help and resources on reading, phonics, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as Maths.
Ideas for parents for supporting their children with Maths is available from the charity National Numeracy;