Year 3 & 4 - Cherry, Poplar and Sycamore classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to Term 2 and our new experience: Pork Scratchings! For the next four weeks we are reading a wonderful book called “The Sheep-Pig” by Dick King-Smith. It is a gripping story about a little pig who wants to learn how to herd sheep. We will be using the book to develop reading skills such as skimming and scanning, explaining vocabulary and using details from the book to explore characters and their situations. In Guided Reading everyone will work on this book but we will continue to listen to the children reading from their Accelerated Reader texts. Thank you to all the parents and carers who read regularly with their children and write comments on the yellow reading cards: the children are making great progress and are benefitting from your support.
The ‘scratchings’ part of our title comes from a software package called Scratch. This programme allows children to learn about coding and algorithms through making an animated game. We are going to make a game based on the book using the idea of a pig herding sheep.
For Science, we will be studying the skeletons and muscles. We have already done some outdoors learning making skeletons of creatures from twigs and we have begun to explore different parts of the skeleton and their function. We will also be looking at nutrition and balanced diets.
At the end of term, just before Christmas, the whole school will be participating in an experience about light and its significance in different faiths. In Year 3 /4 we will be studying Judaism and Islam.
Thank you for all the extra resources brought in to school from home last term: we had exotic seeds, mammoths, lava lamps to name but a few! We love seeing children continuing their learning and exploration at home.
Our library is open and staffed by wonderful volunteer parents every afternoon after school. Please make the most of the opportunity to browse our extensive range of books. In addition, you can come in and help your child complete their MyMaths homework tasks on a laptop.
It is essential that children have a full P.E. kit in school at all times for our timetabled P.E. sessions and any impromptu sessions we are lucky enough to add in. Please ensure that your child has trainers in their P.E. Kit and not plimsolls as these do not provide any grip when running on the hardcourt and get wet easily if the meadow is damp. Children need to be responsible, not just for having the kit in school, but also for putting it away after sessions and knowing where it is at all times. If a child does not have a P.E. kit, they will still have to come outside to the lesson and contribute to the learning and assessment of others skills. Pupils with long hair should have their hair tied back at all times and earrings must be taken out or protected with tape during P.E. lessons. Teachers are not allowed to take earrings out for children so if they struggle please ensure it is done before they arrive to school that morning. Year 3 and 4 will have P.E. on a Wednesday and Thursday.
We hope to have lots of opportunities for outdoor learning so please make sure your children have suitable footwear and waterproof jackets in school every day. This is really essential as we move into the winter months. Many children are still coming to school without coats.
Please help your child to continue to be organised with things they need to bring in everyday: the yellow reading cards, blue spelling books and red times tables books should be taken home every night and returned to school every morning. Times tables books go home so that you can support your child in their learning of the next times table and you can see their progress in weekly tests. Some children may be learning the times tables with their teacher instead of being tested; they will obviously have less tests in their books but you will still be able to see their progress. Spellings are tested on Wednesdays when new words are also stuck in to the front of the blue books; you can see progress in the spelling tests at the back of the books.
Star of the Week
Congratulations to all our stars from last term; at times it was very difficult to choose just one star when so many children are working so hard and shining every day. We are excited to see who our new stars will be this term.
Important Dates for Year 3/4 in Term 2
Please find below some very important dates for Year 3 and 4 during Term 2:
8.11.17 and 9.11.17: Parents Consultation meetings
18.11.17: BGPS Christmas Fair
Mrs Martin, Miss Wood and Mr Wellstead