Year 3 & 4 - Cherry, Poplar and Sycamore classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome back to Term 5!
We hope you had a great Easter break and are ready for another fun filled term. I firstly wanted to give a huge thanks to everyone involved in producing ‘The Amazing Adventures of Super Stan.’ I know it may seem like a life time ago now, but productions do take a lot of weeks to rehearse and a huge amount of people’s help to make it a success. We are very lucky to have a fantastic team of teaching assistants who continuously work above and beyond to make sure our children have costumes, props and brightly colourful sets to bring the production alive. A huge thank you to the ladies in the office for organising all the tickets, Mrs Johnson for teaching the children the fabulous songs so they sound like angels, Mr Wheeler for his mighty muscles setting up the set, microphones and lights and to all the parents for all your endless support; learning lines, sorting costumes and encouraging your talented children. Lastly a huge thank you to the children, whose energy made this play incredibly special and as a result hugely successful. You are all stars!
We are very grateful to the talented Mr Waghorn, who has yet again made an amazing video of the play for you to buy and cherish. Thank you for all your efforts and continued support Mr Waghorn. DVDs will be available to buy soon.
Photos are currently in production and these will shortly be available for viewing on the PTA noticeboard which is situated outside the school hall, in the middle playground. If you would like to buy any of these fantastic pictures. All profits for both the DVD and photos go towards the school. Further information about how the video and photos can be ordered will be sent out soon.
The New Curriculum in Term 5…
This term our experiences include: ‘Beware of the Monster,’ ‘Malawi Week’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Days!”
Throughout ‘Beware of the Monster’ the children will go on a journey, learning about the Anglo Saxons, as well as creating, designing and editing their own wiki for the schools internal system. Alongside their learning they will be reading the classic legend of Beowulf. In literacy, we will be looking at writing stories, developing characters and settings, as well as writing information texts.
The Malawi week will be focused around Mathematics. The children will be continuing to learn about our partnership school in Malawi, as well as focussing on problem solving with a focus on time and measurement. The children will also record and analyse data.
Our whole school experience called ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ and is a Geography focused project. We will be working collaboratively with other year groups and the children will be learning about countries around the world.
We will continue to set homework each Wednesday. This alternates between maths and literacy each week. Homework must be completed and handed in on Monday. Can I please remind parents, that children who have not completed their homework on the hand-in date will be requested to stay in during lunch break on Monday to complete it.
In addition, every week children should be completing Section C of their mental maths test. We also encourage all children to re-test themselves on Section A and B, to see if they can beat their score after having listened to their teacher go through all the questions. Timetables are on a Monday and Friday and children must have their red books in school on these days.
Spelling tests take place every Wednesday and new words to be learnt are issued on the same day. Please continue to learn the statutory Year 3 and 4 word lists that were sent home at the end of last term. Children will be re-tested on this list and therefore must be learning these frequently. All children must bring in their blue book every Wednesday.
Please continue to hear your child read OUT LOUD EVERY DAY. Reading out loud builds their confidence, fluency and extends their vocabulary. When your child has finished reading their library book, they must complete an Accelerated Reading test at school. Please do remind your children to complete Accelerated tests. We aim for the vast majority of our children to complete a test at least once a week.
As I am sure you have heard, Cherry and Sycamore class have now got lockers. Please can we remind parents that children should not be bringing big rucksacks into school, as there is simply not enough room in the lockers to store them. Book bags or SMALL rucksacks only please. Children also don’t need to bring in pencil cases, rubbers or any other stationery as all equipment is provided at school. If however, children have got their pen licence, they can bring one fountain pen and ink cartridges to use only.
As we are in the Summer term, 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.
During the summer months, we will be doing a lot of outdoor learning, so children should be prepared with a jumper and/or light raincoat, as well as suitable footwear every day.
Date for the Diary
Class Photos – Wednesday 24th May 2017
Thank you all for your continued support,
Mrs Black, Miss Wood and Mr Wellstead