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Year 3/4: Kangaroos Class

 A Message from the Class Teacher

Welcome to Kangaroo Class! We are a Year 3/4 class who love to learn by exploring and having fun. We really enjoy reading a class book and taking inspiration from it to use in our writing. We also love using our Maths skills to solve the latest problem solving challenge or learning through history, geography and the creative curriculum in our exciting topic work. We hope you enjoy having a look around our website.

What will we be learning this year?

Have a look below to see what we will be up to this term.

English

  • The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley.
  • The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells.

We will be sharing and enjoying the stories and using them as a stimulus for writing instructions, poems and recounts, as well as describing characters and settings and role play. Through this work, both year groups learn concepts including word classes (adjectives/nouns/verbs/adverbs), expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. We will also develop more consistent use of spelling rules and punctuation.

Maths

In our Maths lessons we will be focusing on a range of key skills; developing written methods, increasing speed, growing our knowledge of shapes, measures and data.  Whenever possible we link Maths to real life situations and linking concepts to our Science and Topic work.

The Creative Curriculum

  • Science – Rocks and Soil – We will be naming common rock and soil types. Investigating their properties and carrying out some simple experiments. We will be recording our findings and comparing results.
  • Geography –We will be taking a trip around our planet; learning the names of continents, countries, capital cities and facts unique to some countries.
  • History – Changes in Britain from the Iron Age.
  • RE –Judaism – This term we are learning about Moses through stories of The Secret Baby and The Burning Bush. We will also be learning about synagogues as well as using our RE lessons to produce some extended writing and producing illustrations through storyboards.
  • DT – Exploring textiles and simple sewing patterns. Food hygiene including peeling and pouring.
  • Art – Drawing from experience using charcoal. Colour mixing and using acrylic paint.
  • PE – Throwing and catching and then moving onto choreographing and performing dances.
  • Music – Appraising, describing, comparing and evaluating music using the appropriate vocabulary.

Useful Information

PE is on Monday and Thursday, though it is useful to keep PE kits in school from Monday –Friday in case we have any special sessions.  Swimming will be on a Thursday afternoon, starting in term 5 for the Year 4 children.

Our Year 4 children are also very fortunate to be learning how to play a variety of brass instruments. Look out for the date of our next concert!

Homework usually goes home on a Friday, and should be handed in the following Wednesday afternoon. There is a homework club run three times a week at lunch time.  All children are welcome to attend any of the sessions that they wish to.  No need to book, just turn up.

How can parents help? 

  • Reading at home.  Please remember to sign your child’s record so that they can be awarded stamps towards our new school reading rewards prizes. Please note, it is fine to sign the reading record books whenever your child reads something, not just their scheme books.  Enjoying reading is just as important as building up a range of skills!
  • Looking at everyday measurements and prices when out shopping or cooking at home.
  • Making predictions about and discussing any TV programs that you may watch together. This really helps build an understanding of the world, as well as helping with comprehension and creative writing skills. 
  • Time.  Telling the time using both (including with Roman numerals) analogue and digital clocks.

 

Keep checking back to see what we have been up to!

Mrs Addison and Mrs Kirby.