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                              Class 3  Summer Term Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

Class 3 will be studying the following areas this term:

In RE we will be exploring Life in the risen Christ, Pentecost and what it means to be in a loving relationship. We will also be exploring other faiths and beliefs. If you have any questions about the content of the RE program please do come into school where we can show you the materials used for the work around loving relationships.

Year 4 English  we continue with our spelling program each morning – the children will have spellings to learn each week from this program as well as from their topic work. The first half term begins with us looking at a text about amazing machines and contraptions – both imagined and real. The children will be writing explanations and descriptions of the machines and inventing some of their own! We will change our focus text as we move on through the term.

Year 4 Maths  This term we continue with our work on decimals followed by measurement – including money and time,  statistics,  and finally work on shape. The weekly calculations sessions, revising all aspects of number calculation continue and of course, arithmetic and calculation underpins all aspects of the maths curriculum. Please keep practising the times tables regularly at home, by the end of year 4 they must know by heart, all of the times tables up to 12 x 12

Our science topic is based around the human life cycle and how we change as we age, with some comparisons made with other animals. We do look at the development of the foetus but not reproduction in any detail. If you have any questions around the content of this unit of work please do speak to me. The main focus of each lesson is as below –

Gestation gurus – using scientific data to describe patterns and causal connections in gestation.

How does a foetus develop? – Using diagrams to explore the foetal development in humans.

What can you now do that you couldn’t do when you were a baby?

Can we compare how long different animals take to grow to old age?

Human timeline – can you identify, order and explain the 6 stages of human life?

 Through drawing and painting, can you accurately sketch yourself and your grandparent?

In the second half term we hope to take the children to an outdoor learning centre for a day as we plan to study animals and their habitats. 

Our topic work will be linked to the football tournament in Russia – looking at the countries involved and the locations of the games taking place.

Computing will be included in our science and maths – with particular emphasis on using IT to produce data and graphs.

Spanish is continuing on with developing the children’s vocabulary and knowledge of Spanish culture.

Art will be working in 3D, with reference to the work of Giacometti which links very nicely to our science work in producing sculptures of humans in different stages of life. In the second half term we plan to do some design and technology work around constructing a fairground with working lights – details will be released nearer the time.

PE is unchanged on Monday and Thursday and we expect every child to have the full and correct kit - shorts, shirt and trainers. We continue to work with Premier Sport who develop excellent lessons and skills for the children. Please ensure outdoor kit (warm top and tracksuit bottoms) is included for any days when the weather may be cooler as lessons are planned to be outdoors throughout the term. As always, our summer term has an athletics theme.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child in class 3, please do not hesitate to speak to me.

 

Mrs Mills

                                  

 

Class 3 – year 4 and 5  home topic -  summer term 1 2018

 Your home task this half term has a science link. You are to create an information text about a famous scientist. You can choose any scientist you like but they must be British or European. Your text can take the form of a booklet, a leaflet or a plain written text. It must include pictures and details of their work. It should be no less than 500 words. The homework must be completed to a high standard – neat and clear and all information but be fact – not made up or guessed. It should be either word processed or written in ink – not pencil. Do not copy and paste chunks of text from the internet – you must use your own words.

Homework should be handed in on or before Friday 11th May. If you want me to check your work at any time to make sure you are on the right track, please bring it in for me to look over.

It should be all your own work, you may ask for help in finding information but all the work must be yours.

I hope that in doing this project we will all come to learn about some of the incredible scientists working today, and from the past, who have done amazing things to make the world a better place, and, hopefully, inspire some of you to follow in their footsteps.

Below is a list of just some of the scientists you might choose –

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell   -  Tim Berners-Lee  -  Sir Andre Geim   -  Alexander Fleming   -  Steven Hawking  -  Michael Faraday   -  John Logie-Baird   -  Andrew Huxley  -  Rosalind Franklin  -  Marie Curie  -  Inge Lehmann

 

There are many, many more ….

 

                              Class 3  Spring Term Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

Class 3 will be studying the following areas this term:

Year 4 English  we continue with our spelling program each morning – the children will have spellings to learn each week from this program as well as from their topic work. The first half term begins with us looking at the story of Edward Tulane, a china rabbit who goes on a miraculous journey and this will incorporate all of our reading and writing skills. We will change our focus text as we move on through the term.

Year 4 Maths  This term will focus on multiplication and division as well as fractions and decimals and there will also be weekly calculations sessions, revising all aspects of number calculation. It is essential that your child practices the times tables regularly at home, by the end of year 4 they must know by heart, all of the times tables up to 12 x 12

Our science topic is based around forensic science – the big question is –‘could you be the next CSI investigator?’ The children will be carrying out a number of investigations linked to the properties of materials. In the second half of the term we are looking closely at living things and their habitats.

Our history topic is about the Ancient Egyptians, discovering what it was that made them awesome. The children have a homework task set on this topic which they can complete over a number of weeks before presenting it to the class. In the second half term we look at settlements, land use, economic activity including natural resources especially energy and water supplies of a major city.

Computing will be including an amazing full-day workshop which will include work on robotics and programming and, in the classroom, computing skills will be built upon in all areas of the curriculum.

Both Spanish and music will continue to follow the schemes commenced last term. Music will be based around the Bob Dylan song, make you feel my love, from the Charanga music site. Spanish is continuing on with developing the children’s vocabulary and knowledge of Spanish culture.

In RE we start by finding out about inspirational people and their influence on us – following the Way the Truth and the life program with reconciliation as the next topic leading us towards Lent and Easter.

Art is our creative practical area this first half-term and textiles are the material we will be working with. We hope to create articles of clothing as worn by the ancient Egyptians with the children showing off their design and making skills. In the second half term we will be making moving toys using cams in our DT lessons.

PE is unchanged on Monday and Thursday and we expect every child to have the full and correct kit -  shorts, shirt and trainers. We continue to work with Premier Sport who develop excellent lessons and skills for the children. Class 3 are doing dance in the first half term and there will be 2 after school clubs on offer to continue with their physical development throughout the year.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child in class 3, please do not hesitate to speak to me.

 

Mrs Mills

 

We did lots of super work on The Miraculaous Journey of Edward Tulane... from stories and poems to amazing art. Take a look below at the children's favourite scenes from the story.