I hope that everyone has enjoyed a lovely Christmas and a fantastic New Year and is feeling well rested for the new term.
You will find information about the curriculum and important dates below.
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We hope you will find the information on this page useful, although you are more than welcome to pop in for a chat if you need more specific information.
Mr Jackson and Mrs Trundle
20th - 31st January -Readathon dates
10th February - Readathon sponsorship money deadline
We will be studying a brilliant book called Arthur and the Golden Rope. I know that Christ Church parents are always incredibly supportive of school but can I respectfully ask that you don’t share a copy of the book with your child until the half term holidays as one of the skills we will be developing is making predictions, which is hard to do objectively if you have already read the book! The book will be the inspiration for us to write diaries, narratives, letters, newspaper reports, to take part in role plays, debates and interviews.
We regularly teach handwriting in order to encourage the children to write in a neat, joined style. We will be focusing on ensuring ascenders and descenders are formed correctly and we have provided the children with a special handwriting book to practise in.
We will be focusing upon the following aspects of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar which are part of our daily lessons:
Spelling- We will be looking at a range of spelling patterns and exploring a range patterns, prefixes and suffixes.
Week 1: Adding the suffixes -ness and -less. (Happiness, wireless)
Week 2: Adding the prefix -im and -in. (Impossible, inpatient)
Week 3: Words containing the letter string -tion. (Station, nation)
Week 4: Words containing the letter string -sure and -ture (treasure, nature)
Week 5: Compound words (Football, notebook)
Week 6: Wh and Ph words (Which, photo)
It is essential that children in Year 3 continue to practise their reading skills every day.
Children take part in a guided reading carousel twice a week with a member of staff. The children also have time to read independently for pleasure after dinner every day. In addition, children are able to choose a book from the class book corner, which is to stay in school and choose a book from the school library, which can go home and is changed on a Thursday every two weeks.
As previously stated, it is essential that children continue to develop their reading skills and love of reading. Reading at home is vital to this and home reading books will continue to be sent home and will now be changed on Fridays. However, a new initiative is to be launched this half term in which children can earn rewards and prizes by showing that they are reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home. To ensure your child gets their reward, they need to bring in their reading record every day showing that they have read the previous night, this can be their home reading book or a book of their own.
Throughout this half term, we will be focusing on measurement, focusing on length, mass and volume. The children will be able to read and compare a variety of scales and solve worded problems from the various measurements.
Pupils will also be completing a weekly times tables speed test. The children would really benefit from any extra practise at home.
This half term our science topic is 'Rocks and Soils'. The children will be able to group and compare different rocks and investigate their different properties. We will also be looking at how fossils are made and the children will have the chance to create their own fossil. In addition, we will be looking at the different types of soils and investigating the permeability of each.
Our topic this term is ‘what makes the earth angry?’. Throughout this unit of work, the children will be developing both their geographical and historical knowledge by understanding how volcanoes are formed, identifying the structure of a volcano and locating famous volcanoes around the world. We will also be looking at the eruption of Mount Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii and developing our design and technology skills by making our own volcano!
Our topic this half term is 'Called by God'. Children will be learning what a prophet is and investigating the lives of people that have been called by God.
Going for Goals. Children will be taught to recognise their worth as individuals, by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals. They will also recognise the risk in different situations and then decide how to behave responsibly.
Wednesday and Friday. Children must have a full PE kit in school and remember to tie long hair back. Children with earrings must either take them out or use tape to cover them for health and safety reasons. Our Monday PE sessions will be developing our football skills. In addition, the children will be taught hockey on Wednesdays with the PE coach.
Home Reading Books :
Changed on Fridays!
Please keep books and records in book bags every day to allow for reading opportunities in school. As previously stated, children will need their reading records in school every day to ensure that reading is taking place nightly and that children are earning their rewards. We would be very grateful if you could aim to write a short comment on your child's reading at home. Please note that any lost books will result in a fee for replacement.
It is always an absolute delight to see the amount of effort the children put in to their home learning challenges and to hear them talking about how much fun they have had completing them at home with their family and friends. Our next home learning challenge is based around volcanoes and is due in 30th March.
It would also be very beneficial if you could continue to support the children with their reading, their spellings (see spelling patterns above) and their times tables as it supports a range of topics in Maths and to ensure they are as best prepared as possible for the times tables check in year 4.