Toucan - Mrs Daynes
Welcome to Toucans!
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!
The virtual worry box for children
Children are used to having a worry box in class or an adult on hand to talk to while in school. From today children can share their worries with an adult in school by sending an email to our virtual worry box to let us know who they would like to talk to.
We cannot promise to keep information secret but we can promise to always work to ensure the right support is available - please see the Children's Safeguarding Policy.
Children can talk to us about worries they might have including:
- things that have happened to them or someone else
- not knowing where to go when feeling scared
- missing school
- what will happen in the future
- coping with mental health.
Toucan Class have been proving 'Toucan do it', even from home - here are some fantastic examples of the home learning you have been doing this half term...
Week beginning: 1st February (Home Learning)
This week in English we have been using a short animation of an air raid to inspire some descriptive language, poetry and artwork... Here are the amazing results! There are even some fantastic readings of the poems - listen to how confident and expressive they are! I am one very proud teacher!
Listen to Joshua reading his fantastic poem...
Keeley's reading of her poem is great too, lots of fantastic expression!
Oscar has been using his senses to explore the theme...
Mia has used great language to create a fantastic image in our minds!
Listen to Charlie's fantastic poem using the synonyms and antonyms he found based on the 'The Lion and the Unicorn' book...
TERM - AUTUMN 2
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.
Here you will find all the information you need about your new class and the learning taking place!
Your class teacher is Mrs Daynes and you will also be supported by Mrs Fisher. We are both really looking forward to teaching you this year! To find out more information about Mrs Daynes you can read her one page profile below!
As a 3/4 team, we have been working really hard to create an exciting and interesting curriculum for you this year, using all the different areas of the curriculum to engage and inspire you in your learning!
If you click the link below you will find the overview of our topics for the year 2020/21...
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. These are on....? Full PE kit should be worn and kept in school all week, long hair should be tied up and earrings will need to be removed or covered.
Belongings: Children are encouraged to be responsible and independent in looking after their belongings and resources. Please support us with this by making sure all water bottles, clothing and other 'loose' items are clearly labelled.
Key dates for the diary:
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Useful website to support learning:
An invaluable resource, with lots of support for parents…
The Book Trust
Experts in children's reading and can help with all your queries…
This 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 children with Maths is available from the charity National Numeracy…
Different games to support learning across the curriculum but is particularly useful for maths. ‘Hit the Button’ is very good for practising quick recall of number facts and times tables.
This ‘picture a day’ website is great for creative writing challenges from diary entries to sentence challenges.
Nat Geo Kids
A mix of games, quizzes, videos and free downloadable resources. You can watch animal web cams, learn interesting animal facts, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries, try science experiments, and much more
An opportunity to explore the collection in a beautiful interactive and engaging way. The kids enjoy playing it like a musical instrument and seeing how far back in time they could go.
Inspiration to get creative but with a nod to styles of famous artists. You can find quizzes, craft activities, videos and art history, easy to find information and easy to use. Our first activity from here was to create Andy Warhol inspired selfies!
It’s so much easier to engage children when the learning involves characters from stories they know and Harper Collins offers a wide range of free downloadable resources inspired by some of your favourite books.
Join the Super Movement! Keep your children active whilst learning with curriculum based song and dance routines. Such great fun, I had to join in with the routine about commas, dashes and brackets - the song was stuck in my head all evening.
Engaging, bright and colourful with a great narrative, follow Moana on her adventures or become a Jedi Knight – just make sure you have enough space for the imaginary lightsabers.
BBC Good Food
Get messy in the kitchen and get together to cook some tasty treats. Use items from your cupboard to make yummy iced biscuits, or add the ingredients to your shopping list and get the kids to cook tea (fajitas are a winner in our house!).
Autumn Term- The Vile Victorians!
Enquiry question: What was it like to be a child in the Victorian Times? How does it compare to now?
Our focus books this term are ‘The Worst Children’s Jobs in History’ by Tony Robinson and ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty.
‘The Worst Children’s Jobs in History’ is a non-fiction book that gives an insight into the different jobs and experiences children have had to do throughout history. It is a fascinating, sometimes gruesome text that gives us perfect opportunities to learn about the lives of different children and probably make the children very appreciative they are alive now, rather than then!
‘Street Child’ is a narrative text that explores the life of an orphan child in Victorian England – his experience of the workhouse and his wish for freedom.
Using Power for Reading and Talk for Writing techniques, both books will give us a great opportunity to learn about language, purpose, text features and styles of writing as well as develop our subject knowledge in a fun and engaging way!
Once we have explored the books above we will use what we have learned to create our own writing compositions. We will be exploring and writing diary entries, autobiographies, stories with issues and dilemmas, poetry and even having a debate!
We will continue to follow the White Rose Scheme for maths this year…
Topics for 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
* Check here regularly for updates on the learning and experiences taking place in class *