St Marys Class Two

Welcome to the Class Three page!

Spring Term January - March 2018

Dear Parents

Happy New Year! I hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas break and are ready to begin a new term!

This term we will continue to make links to our topics throughout the curriculum, and each one will have a history, geography or science focus.  These topics will also be explored through art, DT, music and computing.

In humanities, we will be investigating how the Iron Age Celts lived and how historians were able to discover information about this.  We will then be looking at the invasion of the Romans into Britain from Europe and the changes they made.  We will also think about 'Where would we have chosen to build a city?' and why the Romans settled in certain areas.

Our Art and DT work will also be inspired by the Celts and Romans, creating Celtic jewellery and coins, and also creating a collection of mosaic work.  In science, we will be discovering 'How important is water?' by investigating states of matter and their properties.

In maths we will be developing skills in calculating (written methods and mental strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), number facts, fractions and decimals, measures, time and place value.  Our learning in English will continue to develop our knowledge of different texts styles, both in writing and reading, using a number of different stimuli.  We will be focussing particularly on how to write in an interesting and exciting way, creating an effect for the reader.  This term we will be looking at information writing, explanations, poetry and narrative.  The school week will also include spelling and grammar activities, and guided reading.

The children will need their swimming kits on a Tuesday and PE will be on a Wednesday, but it is important to have PE kits in school all week in case of any changes.  Violin lessons will continue on Wednesdays.

Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and handed in on the following Thursday, and will be English, maths or topic based.  By the end of last term, many of the children were also making a fantastic effort with their reading at home, and this has really helped them to make great progress!  It would be lovely to see this continue, as reading at home can really help them to improve and enjoy reading a wide variety of books.

If you have any further queries or issues please do not hesitate to make an appointment with me after school or have a quick chat in the morning. 

Yours Faithfully,

Miss H Stevenson

This Year's Curriculum

Our new curriculum runs on a 2 year cycle. Here is a summary of Class 3's curriculum for this year. Throughout the year, we will develop the curriculum objectives through inquiring questions based on Science, History and Geography. The rest of the curriculum subjects are linked to these, with an emphasis on learning key skills alongside subject knowledge.

Year 3/4 Key Questions:

Autumn term: How is North America different to the UK? What would it be like living in an Iron Age community?

Spring term: What did we learn from the Romans? Where would you choose to build a city?

Summer term: How has entertainment changed over the past 100 years? Where would a band go on a European tour?

 

Reading

Guided reading helps children to experience a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts and allows them to look for deeper meaning, alongside developing their inference and deduction skills. Being familiar with a number of writing styles and ideas also improves children's writing and imagination.

 

Our key objectives are as follows:

 

Year 3:

  • Comments on the way characters relate to one another.
  • Knows which words are essential in a sentence to retain meaning.
  • Draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts & motives from their actions.
  • Recognise how commas are used to give more meaning.
  • Recognise:
    • plurals
    • pronouns and how used
    • collective nouns
    • adverbs
  • Can explain the difference that adjectives and verbs make.

 

Year 4:

  • Give a personal point of view on a text.
  • Can re-explain a text with confidence.
  • Justify inferences with evidence, predicting what might happen from details stated or implied.
  • Use appropriate voices for characters within a story.
  • Identify how sentence type can be changed by altering word order, tenses, adding/deleting words or amending punctuation.
  • Skims & scans to locate information and/or answer a question.

 

 

Writing

Writing is a huge part of our curriculum, and the skills and objectives listed below are developed through writing linked to our topic work, or following the children's interests. The children's understanding of different genres is developed throughout the year, looking at narrative, persuasion, newspaper reports, information texts, explanations, playscripts and poetry. We also spend one literacy lesson a week focussing on a SPaG objective.

 

 

Year 3:

  • Use conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because).
  • Use adverbs (e.g. then, next, soon).
  • Use prepositions (e.g. before, after, during, in, because of).
  • Experiment with adjectives to create impact.
  • Correctly use verbs in 1st, 2nd & 3rd person.
  • Use perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time & cause.
  • Correct use of speech marks for direct speech.
  • Group ideas into paragraphs around a theme.
  • Write under headings & sub-headings.
  • Legible, joined handwriting.

 

Year 4:

  • Vary sentence structure, using different openers.
  • Use adjectival phrases (e.g. biting cold wind).
  • Appropriate choice of noun or pronoun.
  • Apostrophe for singular & plural possession.
  • Comma after fronted adverbial (e.g. Later that day, I heard bad news.).
  • Use commas to mark clauses.
  • Use connectives to link paragraphs.
  • Legible, joined handwriting of consistent quality.

 

Numeracy

The curriculum objectives are listed underneath the following headings and are built on throughout the year:

Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division

Algebra

Fractions (and Decimals)

Geometry (Properties of Shapes and Position/Direction)

Measure

Statistics

 

Consolidation of number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 and learning times tables will assist children with grasping both written and mental methods of calculation for the four main operations. By the end of Year 4, children should know all multiplication tables up to 12.

 

Children are grouped depending on ability, but our key objectives for each year group are as follows.

 

Year 3:

 

  • Compare & order numbers up to 1000.
  • Read & write all numbers to 1000 in digits & words.
  • Find 10 or 100 more/less than a given number.
  • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 & 100.
  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 3, 4, 8 tables.
  • Recognise PV of any 3-digit number.
  • Add & subtract:
    • 3-digit nos & ones
    • 3-digit nos & tens
    • 3-digit nos & hundreds
  • Add & subtract:
    • Numbers with up to 3-digits using efficient written method (column).
  • Use inverse to check.
  • Multiply:
    • 2-digit by 1-digit
  • Count up/down in tenths.
  • Compare & order fractions with same denominator.
  • +/- fractions with same denominator with whole.
  • Know pairs of fractions that total 1.
  • Tell time using 12 and 24 hour clocks; and using roman numerals.
  • Tell time to nearest minute.
  • Know number of days in each month.

 

Year 4:

 

  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.
  • Compare & order numbers beyond 1000.
  • Compare & order numbers with 2 decimal places.
  • Read Roman numerals to 100.
  • Find 1000 more/less than a given number.
  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 & 1000.
  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts all tables to 12x12.
  • Recognise PV of any 4-digit number.
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.
  • Round decimals with 1dp to nearest whole number.
  • Add & subtract:
    • Numbers with up to 4-digits using efficient written method (column).
    • Numbers with up to 1dp.
  • Multiply:
    • 2-digit by 1-digit
    • 3-digit by 1-digit
  • Divide:
    • 3-digit by 1-digit
  • Count up/down in hundredths.
  • Write equivalent fractions
  • +/- fractions with same denominator.
  • Read, write & convert time between analogue & digital 12 & 24 hour clocks.

Science

Autumn term- How do magnetic forces work? How did this blossom become an apple?

 

Spring Term- How important is water?

 

Summer Term- What makes us enjoy certain music? Where does electricity come from?

Computing

We develop computing skills throughout the whole curriculum in a number of different ways; to present information, to research different topics and to create graphs and tables using Excel and iPad apps.

 

Further to this, in our computing lessons we develop a number of other skills. For example, combining text and graphics, data-basing, computer-aided design in Art and DT, manipulating sound, programming, coding and mapping.

R.E.

Autumn term- What can we learn from people of faith?

Why was the Christmas Journey so special?

 

Spring term- Prayer

 

Summer term- Why is The Bible so important?

History / Geography

Autumn Term:

 

Autumn term: How is North America different to the UK? What would it be like living in an Iron Age community?

Spring term: What did we learn from the Romans? Where would you choose to build a city?

Summer term: How has entertainment changed over the past 100 years? Where would a band go on a European tour?

Art

Our artwork covers a variety of skills using a range of mediums including paint, pastel, pencil, clay and collage. We practice and develop our skills in sketchbooks which go with the children as they move through the school.

 

Autumn Term: Andy Warhol Pop Art, Still life leaves

 

Spring Term: Mosaics, Picasso

 

Summer Term: Mondrian, Paul Klee

Design Technology

Design and Technology is linked to our topics and uses a range of different technologies such as clay, textiles, cooking, mouldable materials and sheet materials.

 

Autumn Term: Native American Totem Poles, Iron Age Artefacts

 

Spring Term: Smoothies, 3D Settlement map

 

Summer Term: Tie-dye, Electronic game

PSHE

It is very important for all of the children to feel as if they contribute something to both our class and our school. We do a lot of work throughout the curriculum and as part of our thinking skills first thing on a morning, which focuses on the children's feelings of self-worth and which celebrates our individuality. For example thinking about what makes us special and why we are happy to be ourselves.

 

 

Class 3 Homework

Homework will be set on a Friday and handed in on the following Thursday, and will be Literacy, Maths or Topic based. It would also be extremely useful for children to continue reading with an adult regularly at home, as this will really help children to improve and enjoy reading.

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