Year 3 & 4 - Cherry, Poplar and Sycamore classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to Term 1 at Borough Green Primary School.
Welcome back to what is going to be another exciting year; we hope you all had a wonderful, adventure-filled summer. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new children (and parents) to Key Stage 2 and the next stage of their learning journey. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions or queries.
The Curriculum in Term 1 …
This term our experiences include: ‘Meet the Flintstones’ as well as a 3 week whole school Science experience.
‘Meet the Flintstones’ will give the children the opportunity to explore history from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age, including hunting techniques, diet and clothing. They will develop their creative skills too, building caves of their own to explore cave art.
The whole school Science experience will encourage the children to work scientifically, designing and undertaking their own investigation, collecting data and exploring fair testing. Year 3 and 4’s learning for this experience will be based around plants. The children will investigate optimum growing conditions as well as the parts and roles of each part of the plant.
Homework will be set on a Wednesday each week and will be expected to be handed in on the following Monday. This alternates between maths and literacy each week, with spelling every week. As homework is a crucial part in consolidating learning, any child in Year 3/4 who does not have their homework completed on the hand in date will be expected to stay in during lunch break on Monday, to complete it.
In order for us to check your child’s understanding of the topic that we are currently learning, please identify where input was required as this will ensure accurate, formative assessment. Spelling tests take place every Wednesday and new words to be learnt are issued on the same day. All children need support learning their spellings and this should be done throughout the week, not just the night before. Looking the words up in the dictionary with your child, as well as writing them up around the house, are tremendous ways of supporting your child. We will be sending your child home with some other ideas for reinforcing spelling during the term.
We cannot stress to you how important it is for you to hear your child read OUT LOUD EVERY DAY. Reading out loud builds their confidence, fluency and extends their vocabulary. We have re-launched Accelerated Reader which gives your child the opportunity to read books at an appropriate level and to be tested on them before they move on to a new book. Children are awarded points following their tests and prizes are awarded for the most points earned in a class each term.
We would like our children to take responsibility for equipment and so are going to experiment with allowing pencil cases brought in from home. These should be a reasonable size and need only contain pencils, small rulers, rubbers, a glue stick and coloured pencils; we will provide everything essential for work in class so anything brought from home will be a valuable extra for your own child to use but is not compulsory to provide. Please – NO felt tips, Sharpies, highlighters, gel pens etc. as these are not to be used in class work. As with everything brought from home, these items need to be labelled clearly.
This is to politely remind you of our school uniform as stated on the school website. Please make sure your child has the correctly coloured items and that all school uniform is clearly named!
Boys – Winter Uniform
White shirt/polo shirt
School tie (juniors only, optional)
School bottle green round neck/v-neck sweatshirt
Girls – Winter Uniform
Grey skirt, pinafore dress or tailored trousers
White blouse/polo shirt
White or grey socks
Grey, black, green or white tights
School tie (juniors only, optional)
School bottle green round neck/v-neck sweatshirt or sweatshirt fabric cardigan
Please ensure that your child wears sensible black shoes to school, NOT TRAINERS or BOOTS.
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.
If your child requires an inhaler please ensure that you bring this into school and complete an administration of medication form at the school office. Please label the medication clearly with your child’s name. Inhalers will be kept safely in the classroom for PE/Games lessons or for use as required.
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.
At BGPS we are very lucky to have so many clubs during lunchtimes, before and after school run voluntarily by many of our teaching staff and visitors. Look out for the club list soon and sign up to as many as you can. It is a great way to keep your child active, and wakes them up early in the morning ready for a busy day ahead.
Important Dates for Year 3/4 in Term 1
Please find below some very important dates for Year 3 and 4 during term 1:
Monday 11.9.17: Stone Age Workshop Day. Please ensure you have returned the letter and payment by Friday 8.9.17
Sunday 24.9.17: Music on the Meadow - a great event for the whole family
Many thanks from,
Mrs Martin, Miss Wood and Mr Wellstead