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Autumn 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents,
We are excited about starting our new topic Awesome Egyptians and we have already been overwhelmed with the quality and hard work that has gone into the homework. We begin this half term with a trip to the Gurdwara to learn about different faiths, diversity and the Sikh culture.

English
This term we are going to be looking at Information texts. We will begin by reminding ourselves about the features of these non-fiction texts by recalling what we have learned previously in Key stage 1. We will compare contrasting Information texts and pick out what makes a good one. We will work in groups to create a class Information text about our history topic: The Awesome Egyptians before creating our own. If your child has any Information books about the Egyptians, please send them in for them to share with the class. Towards the end of the term, we will finish with some fun Christmas stories and writing!  Our pupils will be exploring our new class book – Jeremy Strong ‘ There’s a Pharaoh in our bath!’   

Your child should bring their school reading book every day, please encourage them to read independently and hear them read aloud as often as possible. Remember that good readers make good writers!

Our reading targets:

Year 3

I can read books that are structured in different ways.

I can retrieve key information from non-fiction texts.

 

 

Maths
This term, with Mrs de Villiers, the children will work on their Multiplication and Division skills. They will use written and mental methods that incorporate the 3x, 4x, 8x table. It is a curriculum requirement that the children can recall and use the multiplication division facts for these. They will also progress on to solving 2-digit numbers times 1-digit numbers using all the times tables that they know (including 2x, 5x, 10x from previous years.)

With Miss Edwards the children will be consolidating their work on place value and ensuring that children can add or subtract 100, 10 or 1 to any 3 digit number. They will also be looking at geometry and the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Class Dojo
Thank you for your support with the launch of our class dojo. We are hoping that this is a successful tool for improving communication between school and home. If you have not registered, please do and follow all the amazing things we have been doing in class.

Passport statements

  • We can show a commitment to looking after the environment e.g. litter balloon
  • We can support the school in its anti-bullying work.

Homework

Homework timetable for Y3/4

Fri 3/11

Maths – I Am Learning

English

Spellings

Fri 10/11

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 17/11

Maths – I Am Learning

English

Spellings

Fri 24/11

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 1/12

Maths – I Am Learning

English

Spellings

Fri 8/12

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 15/12

Maths – I am Learning

Half-term Project

Spellings

We would like to emphasise that our children are expected to be responsible for managing their homework and belongings this year. 

Spellings
We would like to thank you for your continued support in helping children to achieve 5 or more in their weekly spelling test, this has reduced the number of children missing play time to practise. Your child should return their spelling book in on a Monday, ready for their test. Books will be sent home Wednesday for children to share with you their previous test score.

Swimming
Swimming will continue on a Friday morning and children will continue to work towards an aquatic award suited to their ability. Please remember no jewellery or bikinis. Please ensure all clothing is named as we had a pair of trousers mixed up last term which has still been unresolved.

Many thanks,
Miss Edwards and Mrs DeVilliers

Autumn 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back after the summer break. We look forward to spending time getting to know you all and helping your children to achieve their full potential this year – we have a fun journey ahead of us!

As we welcome in the new academic year we are going to turn our focus to exploration as our first topic is: Mission Explore. See attached topic web for further information.

Literacy
The children will have weekly guided reading, grammar and reading comprehension sessions. These will run alongside our Talk for Writing units, which will be focused on a specific genre. Our first genre is Traditional Tales and we will have fun reading all of the alternative versions, such as Goldilocks and the 33 Bears and Prince Cinders, before writing our own versions. If your child has any alternative versions of these tales at home, please encourage them to bring them in so we can share them with the class (just make sure their name is inside the book please.)

Our reading targets:

Red & Yellow

I can discuss my understanding of the text.

Green & Blue

I can retell some of the fairy stories that I am familiar with orally.

Purple

In a familiar book that I can already read accurately and fluently, I can answer questions and make some inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.

 

Our author focus for this half term is Jill Tomlinson. We will enjoy finding out all about her, the stories she has written and chose 1 as our class story for this term.

In KS2, we use a program called Reading Pro to help us to teach and assess reading. Each half term your child will complete a reading test on this website to provide us with their reading lexile (score.) Our library has been set up to support this program and children will be able to choose a book to match their lexile. Children are able to choose a book that is up to 50 lower or higher than their lexile. For example, if a child gains a lexile of 150, then they will be able to choose a book between 100/200. The books are available in the library, which is located in the school hall. We also have a selection in our classroom. Children will be able to change their books at set times throughout the day. However, children are asked to complete a book before returning it. Many of the books have a quiz to complete afterwards, which are available online. These really do help your child with their reading comprehension skills so we would really appreciate if you could support your child to access these at home. Let us know if your child completes one!

Please see this letter for more information about accessing the Scholastic Reading Pro website.

 

If your child did not achieve a high enough score to gain a lexile, your child will be placed on the Rapid Readers scheme. We will re-test the children in week 6/7 of this term and update you with the outcome inside the front cover of their reading diary.

We are also running a reading challenge this year so your child can be rewarded for regularly reading at home. Please see the attached letter about this. Your child should bring their reading book and diary into school and home every day, please encourage them to read independently and hear them read aloud as often as possible. Remember that good readers make good writers!

Maths
Our maths topics for this half term are Addition & Subtraction and Measures.

Please help your child to practise their times tables at home to help them achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards:

Bronze = Counting in order e.g. 2,4,6,8,10…

Silver = Times table facts e.g. 2 x 4 = 8, the product of 9 and 2 = 18

Gold = The inverse e.g. 24 ÷ 2 = 12, 14 ÷ 2 = 7

PSHE
Last year, our Governors created a new Passport scheme to enable children to develop their personal and social skills and celebrate good behaviour. Each child has been given a passport and will be starting on an appropriate stage. Our children are beginning on the Blue passport and we will be focusing on how children can achieve the statements below:

  • Understand why we have rules in the school and always follow these
  • Work well in a team

We will stamp and date the targets that they achieve and share with you how many they have achieved in their school report. We would love to hear about any examples where your child has met these targets out of school. You can always jot them in your child’s reading diary or send a note in.

Homework
In years 3 & 4, English homework is every other week, Maths is weekly but alternates between I am Learning and the maths booklet. Homework is given out on a Friday and is to be returned by Wednesday of the following week. If homework is not returned by Wednesday, children will need to complete this in Golden Time (please refer to our School Homework Policy for further information on this). Children should place their homework in the homework tray in our classroom. Spellings are handed out every Wednesday and the spelling test will be on the following Monday. There will be 6 spellings for your child to learn each week. If a child scores less than 5, they will need to practise these during Friday playtime.

Homework timetable

8/9

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

15/9

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

22/9

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

29/9

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

6/10

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

13/10

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

20/10

Half-term Project

 

We would like to emphasise that your child is expected to be responsible for managing their homework and belongings this year. Please see the attached crib sheet which is a pictorial representation of what your child needs to bring each day.  

Other Information
Outdoor PE (football) will be on a Tuesday afternoon and swimming will be on Friday mornings, starting on the 22/9 (more information to follow.) Some of the outdoor sessions will be at the field so please ensure children have a plastic bag for muddy boots and that PE kit is frequently washed. If your child has long hair, they will need to have a supply of hair bobbles in their PE bag to tie hair up. If your child has stud earrings, these must be taken out. A small box or tub may be useful so your child can keep them in a safe place. It may be easier if your child does not wear earrings on a Tuesday or a Friday. If your child has recently had their ears pierced, your child must provide medical tape to cover them.

Inside the classroom is a basket for the office, which the register monitors take each day. You are welcome to send your child in with their dinner money or letter replies for the office and we will take them down.  

Volunteers Needed!
We would like to appeal to parents and friends for any volunteers to hear children to read, we currently have no parent-helpers in our class and your time and support is invaluable to us!  We also need volunteers to ask pupils times tables questions to help them achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.  The questions are on a printed list with the answers so don’t worry if you’re out of practise! 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us either before or after school.

Many thanks,
Miss Edwards and Mrs de Villiers

Autumn 1 Topic Web

Click to download and view our topic web, with all the exciting things we'll be learning this term: