Tiger - Miss Robertson/Mrs Loxley
Welcome to the Spring Term! Although it has started very differently to how we had hoped we still have a full term of fun-packed learning for you to enjoy, even if it is remotely!
Please find below the Year 3 and 4 curriculum overview for the Spring Term...
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 Tiger Class
We are your teachers Miss Robertson and Mrs Loxley. We are really looking forward to our exciting year together and know we are going to have lots of fun. Miss Roberston will be teaching on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Mrs Loxley will be teaching on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. We will be very well supported by our fantastic teaching assistant Miss Meikle and also by our year group colleagues Mrs Daynes and Miss Gissing. P.E will be taught by the brilliant Mr Calver.
You can look at some of the exciting topics we will be learning this term on the attached Year 3/4 Long Term plan. As you can see our first topic is the Vile Victorians - where we will be learning what it was like to be a child in the years between 1837 and 1901 (over a 100 years ago!!) when Queen Victoria was on the throne. We will be reading some wonderful books about this fascinating period of history, and finding out what was the same and what was very different for children in the past.
Find out a little bit more about us by clicking on the links below:
English in Autumn term
Did you know? In 1890s London, a hundred tons of horse dung were scraped off the city streets every day, and guess who carried out this 'pongy' job? You've guessed it - young children!!!
In the first Autumn Half term we will be reading the fascinating non-fiction book; 'The Worst Children's Jobs in History' by Horrible History super-author, Tony Robinson. We will be learning all about the many unpleasant, unusual and sometimes down-right dangerous jobs children were expected to do in the Victorian times.
After Half-term we will be reading the gripping adventure story, 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty, based on the true life story of Jim Jarvis, a young boy who found himself all alone and fighting for survival on London's lonely streets.
We will be using these Power of Reading texts to support the children's writing this term. Amongst other things the children will be learning how to write a Diary entry, looking at autobiographies, writing stories with issues and dilemas, creating poetry and even having a class Debate.
Maths in Autumn Term
In Maths we will be following White Rose planning and covering the following units;
Number - Place Value
Number - Addition and Subtraction
Number - Multilication and Division
One of the areas we will be concentrating on is multiplication. You can support your child's understanding of Times Tables with lots of rapid recall practice and fun games. Great online games can be found on the following sites;
Top Marks - We use Daily 10 and Hit the Button in school.
Maths Games - Lots more fun Times Tables games.
Science in Autumn Term
There will be lots of excitement in Science this term. The children will be learning about Living Things and Habitats and then looking at Humans and investigating the digestive system, teeth and food chains.
BBC Bitsesize is great for supporting children's learning across the whole science curriculum. As well as information, it has fun animations and quizzes to support knowledge and skills.
Foundation subjects in Autumn Term
The Autumn term is going to be jam-packed with fun, learning and excitement!
In Modern Foreign Languages we will be focussing on the topics of Animals and the Human Body. In Art we will be looking at the beutiful portrait paintings of Victorian artist Ford Madox Brown and then trying our hand at textiles; making 2D and 3D Christmas decorations. In R.E we will be finding out about Islamic traditions and in History we will be deepening our learning of the Victorians; focussing on the similarities and differences in children's lives then and now. In Computing we will be using 21st Century skills; working on two exciting topics; 'We are Researchers' and 'We are Hotmail Editors'. In Music we will be learning songs that bring us together!
Finally we will be getting fit and active - learning Dance and new Invasion Games in P.E.
We can't wait!
Year 3/4 Long Term Plans
More about us!
Homework and Spellings will be sent home weekly - Please check back for more information about this in the Autumn term. In addition children will be expected to read regularly at home and have reading recorded in their Diary. We passionately believe that reading 4 times a week helps children to become excellent, fluent readers with strong comprehension skills. Home reading will be recorded on our class chart and children will be rewarded for their excellent efforts.
The following websites have some great ideas and tips for supporting children's reading 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;
Day to Day
Children will have two PE sessions a week. Please make sure children always have a full PE kit in school. Long hair should be tied up and any earrings should be removed or covered with tape. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own PE belongings. Please support your child to do this by ensuring that all of their clothing is fully named.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS, PE KITS AND WATER BOTTLES: Please ensure that all children's belongings are named so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child.