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Year 3 & 4

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Reminder: Clubs start this term on the 10th of June until the 1st  of July. Please make sure school are aware of any changes to the usual pick up arrangements.

Topic: Raiders and Traders

Sail back into the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade the British shores. We will find out about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. We will make our own Saxon armor and delicate brooches in Art and learn how to cook Saxon bread. As well as recreating the Great King Alfred in clay.

Literacy:

This term we will use our class topic ‘Traders and Raiders’ to stimulate writing opportunities. We will explore the epic poem and legend of beowulf, creating our own poem for the gruesome monster Grendel before retelling the myth in our words. We will create a news report of terrifying Saxon invasion consider the who, what and why. Through research we will create a biography of the life of King Alfred the Great.


Science: Plants

This term  we are looking at the biology branch of science. The children will identify and describe the  functions of different parts of  flowering plants. They will explore the requirements of plants for growth and life and how this varies from plant to plant.  We will investigate  the way in which water is transported within plants and explore  the part that  animals play in the  life cycle of  a flowering plant,  including pollination , seed formation and seed dispersal   

PE

The children will begin swimming on the 5th June and will continue this on a weekly basis throughout the term until 3rd July. Place ensure children have their swimming kits in school on a Wednesday to leave promptly in the afternoon. If your child wears earrings can we please ask that they are able to remove or cover their studs with plasters in order to ensure their safety and that of others.

 

Forest Schools

Please ensure your child has suitable clothing in school for our forest schools sessions which will take place on a Thursday afternoon.  It is important their clothing keeps them warm and dry.  Long sleeved tops and bottoms are essential even for the warmer afternoons as they help protect the children from brambles.  

 

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Homework

The children will be given one piece of homework (which should take no longer than 5 minutes) each night.  Each day will have a different theme linked to areas of the curriculum: Mental Monday—maths claulations; Times tables Tuesday—children should set a 5 minute timer and aim to complete as many questions as possible; Wordy Wednesday— children define words and/or place them in sentences; Throwback Thursday—revisiting a taught learning objective and an optional Formation Friday—Where children can practice handwriting.

 

The children should be able to answer each question; however, if you provide any support PLEASE highlight this in their books so that I can provide further support at school to help them master that particular skill. 
 

The questions will help to reinforce what they have been doing in class. This ’little and often’ approach has worked really well for juniors resulting in the children becoming even more confident with key skills Each child will have a homework book — please encourage them to show all their workings in these books.

 

Reading
 

With strong links between reading and attainment, the children are   given ample opportunities to read in school.  However, they are also   encouraged to read at home.  Listening to them, reading to them and questioning them about what they have read will help to promote    reading habits and have a positive impact on their development.  Each child has a reading diary and in the Juniors it is their responsibility to fill it in  each time they read, either at home or a school.
 
Please write a comment in the diary each time you listen to your child read or see your child reading. This can help to encourage them and provide some feedback which can help to progress their reading   ability. 

 

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