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.
Our Curriculum themes for the Advent Term at Holy Trinity are: Belonging and Changes/Events. In Come and See our three topics for this term are People, Called and Gifts.
Our English work will be based around the books Ossiri and the Bala Mengro by Katharine Quarmby and Richard O'Neill, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling and Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman.
In Maths we will start with Place Value before moving on to the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In Geography we are looking at the question, 'Where do I belong?' and will be learning about UK rivers with a particular focus on the River Trent. Our History topic after half-term is about changes in the UK since the Romans. We have two Science topics this term. The first is about Sound and we will be exploring how to answer the question 'What makes pitch and volume change?'. Our second Science topic focuses on electricitiy and we will be answering the question 'Can bulbs be made brighter or dimmer?'. This will link in to our DT challenge which is to create a light up Christmas decoration. Our Art work this term will be on sculpture; we will learn about the sculptor Anthony Gormley and be using his work to inspire us to create a sculpture for Nottinghamshire. We will have two PE lessons each week and over the course of the term we will cover Gymnastics, Hockey, Dance/Yoga and Handball. Our Computing lessons will look at E-safety and Digital Literacy and in French we will be learning how to greet each other as well as counting up to 20.
On Tuesday afternoons we will have a music lesson with Mrs Stanton, and on Wednesday afternoon we will have a Forest School session with Mrs Smith in Ecoland.
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 Tuesday (indoor) and a Thursday (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.