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 Zalewska.
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.
Welcome back to school, we hope that you have all enjoyed the Summer holidays. Given the current conditions, we continue with our routines to keep us all safe in school. In addition to regular hand sanitising it is also important that we keep the classrooms well ventilated by opening doors and windows.
We will continue to use Class Dojo to communicate with you . Please do ensure that you have set up your Class Dojo account in order to access this and get in contact if you need any support with this.
Throughout the Advent term we will be covering a number of different topics.
In English this term the children will be investigating a range of different text types, including setting and character description, historical stories, non-fiction text and stories with a familiar setting. 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 guided 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. 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. The children will be taught a range of arithmetic strategies including using times tables up to 12x12. Each week during our Maths lessons, children will have the opportunity to work on specific objectives on IXL and practise their times tables using TT Rockstars.
In Come & See we will be following the topics ‘Homes’, ‘Promises’ and ‘Visitors’.
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 take place every other Friday, in which the children will prepare in groups.
Please look at The Word of the Week clips as a family.
Throughout the Advent term, in Geography we will be finding out about where be belong and land use within the local area and in Science we will be answering the questions ‘How does a shadow change?’ and ‘does a larger magnet have a larger magnetic force?’. This term’s Art is all about the first art, including cave paintings and the Stone Age. History will be focused on the changes between the Stone Age and the Iron Age. In DT, we will design and make a magnetic toy. Computing we will be revisiting digital literacy and e-safety and we will be composing music in our Music sessions. We will also participate in French and PSHE lessons.
PE for our class will be on Mondays and Thursdays and children should continue to come to school wearing their PE kit on those days. Our PE this term is hockey, gymnastics, dance/yoga and handball.
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.
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 and a Thursday. 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.