Lower Key Stage Two (years 3 and 4)
Welcome to Years 3 and 4
Maple Class - Mr Collishaw
Willow Class - Mrs Freegard and Mrs Tarrant
Laurel Class - Mr Powell
Maple Class - Mrs Costick
Willow Class - Hayley, Mrs Sands and Mrs Morton
Laurel Class - Mell
Welcome to Years 3 and 4. We strive to offer a broad and balanced curriculum to our children and cover a wide range of knowledge and skills. Our children become scientists, authors, mathematicians and many other types of learner throughout our enquiry-based approach to learning. We teach key learning skills through the use of gem powers, which the children love to collect and are proud to talk about. We encourage good oracy skills through specific lessons designed to encourage effective speaking, listening and communication.
Our enquiry this term is How can we find out about people in the past? Working as historians, we will be learning about The Georgians and using our local area to relive the past. As part of this, as authors, we will be writing and reading biographies; as mathematicians we will be learning about fractions and measure, and we will continue to be philosophers, musicians, athletes and many others!
Here is some information that we think will be useful to you. However, we are always available to speak to should you have any other questions. We are always contactable via the school office or through ClassDojo.
Year 3 and 4 Expectations
Each child will have a reading book and reading diary to take home with them every day. We ask that the children please bring these with them to school daily. In order to support your child, we would like someone to hear them read at home as much as possible, ideally every day, but at least 4 times each week. If you hear your child read, please record it in their reading diary. Children are welcome to take home a library book and a book from our book bank as well as their levelled reading book. Once a child has evidence of having read at home four times they will be able to earn a leaf towards our reading display - each term a leaf is picked out for a prize.
Homework and spellings
We ask that children complete Doodle maths and times tables as often as possible to enable them to stay in their green zone. In addition, your child will be receiving a weekly spelling list for them to learn at home. There will also be a termly enquiry-based creative project.
The children will be having PE lessons each week. All three classes have PE on a Thursday, but check with your class teacher as to which other day you will have another session, as this changes due to outside PE specialist teachers coming in to work with our children.
In order for your child to be able to participate fully in these lessons we ask that they have a PE kit in school at all times. This consists of a t-shirt, shorts or sports trousers and daps or trainers. Long hair should be tied back. We ask that earrings are removed for PE lessons. If your child is unable to remove their earrings due to being recently pierced (in the last 6 weeks), please provide them with plasters or micropore tape to protect the ears during lessons. If there is a difficulty with earrings, please speak to the class teachers to arrange a short-term solution.
ActiveLearn and Doodle are brilliant resources that all children are encouraged to use at home to support their learning. We will be uploading learning games related to what they have been learning in class. All children have a username and log on details that we have stuck in their reading diaries. Your child may also have a Nessy log in; please check with your class teacher.
Your child is welcome to bring their own healthy snack of fruit or vegetables to eat at break time. All other foods are not allowed. The children may also bring a water bottle to have in class (water only please!).
We would welcome any volunteers who would be willing to come and hear children read. If you are able to help us please come and speak to a member of staff.
We appreciate your support with all these matters.
The Year 3/4 team