Gecko - Miss Gissing
Welcome back after half term! We hope that you have had a restful week and are ready to complete some more super learning! We have been so impressed at how well you hapve been getting on with all the challenges we keep setting you and how supportive and caring you have been towards each other. So many of you are showing such maturity and resilience and we are proud of each and every one of you!!
Below is a table of what we are learning this half term...
If you complete any extra research or work at home we would love to see it! Please share it with us via SeeSaw. It has been great to see all the fantastic work you have been doing.
Please remember to also read at least 4 times a week and to practise your times tables on the new APP, 'Times Tables Rockstars'...
Identifying the features of fiction and non-fiction texts.
Answering questions based on what we have read (retrieval of information)
Making predictions about the text and the author’s choices using clues from the text.
Making inferences based on our
Knowledge of the text.
Using reading strategies such as skimming and scanning to find information in a text.
Developing understanding of new vocabulary - by using dictionaries, Thesauruses and finding synonyms and antonyms.
Reading with fluency and expression and talking about our enjoyment of a text.
‘Street Child’ by
Looking at different narratives
and writing recounts and diaries based on knowledge of character and plot,
Exploring character, setting and plot linked to the text ‘Street Child’.
Writing letters and having debates using persuasive language.
Looking at figurative language in poetry.
Animals and Humans - The digestive system, teeth and food chains.knowledge of the
-The different parts and basic functions of the digestive system
-Diets of animals in comparison with humans (carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.)
- Food chains (producers, predators and prey) and the impacts of changes to a food chain
Look at a wide range of different techniques in painting and mark-making.
Explore the work of key artists including the portraits of Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Maddox Brown
Develop practical skills by experimenting with and testing the qualities of a range of materials and techniques
Select and use appropriately a variety of materials and techniques in order to create their own work.
Apply technical skills to improve quality of work, combined with beginning to listen and trust “instinct” to help make choices.
Apply and build upon colour mixing and mark-making skills previously learnt, thinking about how certain colour ranges/combinations affect the outcome
Explore painting on new surfaces using colour as decoration
Combine art forms such as collage, painting and printmaking in mixed media projects
Develop understanding of key vocabulary such as Paint, colour, mixing, tone, shade, shadow, primary colours, opaque, transparent, wash, landscape, portrait, figures.
Identify parts of the body
Describe eyes and hair appearance
Recognise days of the week
Give basic character descriptions.
Welcome to Gecko Class!
Gecko class will be taught by Miss Gissing and will also be supported by...... I am really excited to be coming back to school and getting to know my new class.
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!
Overview of class expectations
Reading: There will be an expectation that reading will be done regularly at home, either supported by an adult or independently. This will be checked and encouraged at school as well and regular readers will be rewarded. Reading for at least 10 minutes a day, or at least four times a week, has a massive impact on the confidence and fluency of the child reading. It also helps develop their vocabulary and understanding!
Let's see if we can be brilliant bookworms this year!
Homework: There will be weekly maths, English and spelling homework that will come home for your child to complete. This will be to support and reinforce learning that has happened in class that week and so is really important in helping your child make progress.
PE: There will be two PE sessions in a week:......... Please ensure your child always has a full P.E. kit in school. Long hair should be tied up and earrings will need to be removed or covered with tape.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS, PE KITS AND WATER BOTTLES: Please ensure that all children's belongings are clearly named/labelled so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child. This will help us to encourage children to be responsible and independent in looking after their own belongings
English - Reading and Writing
We will be focusing on two texts during this term - 'The Worst Children's Jobs in History' by Tony Robinson and ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty.
We will be using the Power of Reading and Talk for Writing approaches whilst exploring these two fantastic books which will provide us with many opportunities to learn about language, purpose, text features and styles of writing as well as develop our subject knowledge in an interesting and exciting way!
In our writing, we will use the information we gather from these books to create our own pieces of writing. This will include diary entries, autobiographies, stories with issues and dilemmas, poetry and even having a debate!
We will be following the White Rose Scheme for maths, we will cover the following topics during the Autumn Term -
- Number: Place Value
- Number: Addition and Subtraction
- Number: Multiplication and Division
We will also be working hard at developing our fluency with numbers, mental calculations, reasoning and times tables practise!
The Wider Curriculum:
- Living Things and their Habitats and Animals (including humans) – the digestive system and food chains.
- The rights and experiences of children during the Victorian period.
- Painting, using the pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Maddox Brown as inspiration.
Design and Technology:
- Textiles – making 2D into 3D by designing a hanging Christmas decoration.
- We are Researchers
- We are HTML editors
- Bringing Us Together
- Three Little Birds
- Invasion Games
- Islam: Submission and Jihad
- Christianity: Reconciliation and Discipleship
Modern Foreign Languages:
- Les Animaux
- Mon Corps – parts of the body
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;