Welcome to the Year 3/4DO class page.
Mrs Dikkez will be your child's class teacher for the first half of the week and Miss O'Reilly will be teaching during the second half of the week. Your children will also be supported by our teaching assistants Mrs Lowther and Mrs Allen.
On this page you will find lots of useful information about Year 3 and Year 4 regarding our learning for this term and our weekly routines.
Please follow our class Twitter page, @HTAClass3/4DO to see further updates and photographs of our learning.
During this year we will also be using Class Dojo to communicate with you. Please do ensure that you have set up your Class Dojo account in order to access this. If you need to contact us during the week, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the messaging feature. We can also be reached via email to the school office.
Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you have all managed to have a nice Christmas and a relaxing break from school. Given the current conditions, we continue with our routines to keep us all safe in school. In addition to regular hand sanitising and working within our class bubbles, it is important that we keep the classrooms well ventilated by opening doors and windows. Whilst we can use the heaters, it is important that children wear an extra layer or two either under their school shirt or on top of their jumper or cardigan. Please also send in a change of shoes (wellies or trainers)for the children to wear when it is their turn to use the field at playtime and lunchtime.
Throughout the Lent term our focus will be on Community.
In History we will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians, We will be investigating the question ‘What is the difference between a solid, liquid and a gas?’ in Science and will learn about the Water Cycle. In Forest Schools, children will make an irrigation system. This term’s Art focus is on printing and we will using the work of Gustav Klimt as in inspiration for creating our own creative pieces. We will be linking our DT work to History and designing and making a pulley system for the Egyptians!
We will continue to teach French and Computing on a weekly basis.
In English this term the children will be investigating a range of different text types, including historical narrative, a newspaper report and a non-chronological report. Within each unit the children will study a variety of different skills. Each unit will end with an opportunity to produce a piece of independent extended writing. There will also be specific grammar sessions and Active English sessions in order to develop and practise the children’s understanding of the structure of the English language. Separate to the English lessons, the children will also be taught through whole class modelled reading sessions. Our spelling objectives will be met through the teaching of the RWI Get Spelling Programme in Key Stage 2. The children will take part in daily Maths sessions, which will develop their mental and written maths skills. Our maths units this term will focus on Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Decimals and Measurement. Each unit will provide many varied opportunities provided to extend their knowledge. Children will be given the chance to explore ‘real-life’ problem solving and develop their mathematical reasoning skills throughout their work. In Come & See we will be following the topics; Community, Giving and Receiving and Self-Discipline. During these topics, children will have the opportunity to explore Bible Scriptures and make links between these and their own lives as well as giving reasons for their actions and the actions of Christians in our community.
Class liturgies prepared by the children take place on a Friday.
Classes take turns to prepare and film the Word of the Week videos and these are available to view on a Sunday morning.
PE days are every Monday and Friday afternoon.
Homework: Each week we will set up to three pieces of homework. This will consist of spellings to learn for a test on Mondays, a grammar exercise, maths and from time to time work linked to other subjects such as Come and See or Geography. Homework will be set on a Tuesday and should be completed by the following Monday. This year, we will be setting homework using Class Dojo and we would encourage you to return the homework by uploading a document or photograph of the completed work to your child's portfolio. If you require any support with this, please do get in touch.
Reading: Regular reading is an incredibly important skill. Please do encourage your child to read at home as much as possible and support them by talking about the text and asking questions to check that they have understoon what they have read. Please sign or initial their reading diary to show when this has been done. We will be checking reading diaries on a Monday and would expect at least three signatures over the course of a week. If your child is struggling with this, then please let us know. In Y3/4DO, reading books will be changed on a Friday.
Times tables: Please support your child to learn and practise their times tables at home. This will help them in all areas of their maths work. All children have access to the Times Tables Rockstar online platform whcih is a great way to practise and develop speed and confidence when recalling times tables facts.
PE: Our PE lessons this term will be on a Monday (indoor) and a Friday (outdoor). On these days, your child should come to school wearing their PE kit rather than their school uniform. It is expected that your child will have the appropriate indoor and outdoor PE kit for these days in order to access the sessions appropriately. The correct PE kit consists of; a white T-shirt, red shorts and plimsolls/trainers. A tracksuit can also be worn, especially when the weather is colder. Please ensure that earrings are not worn on PE days.