Welcome to Year 3/4 we have a very busy and exciting year ahead of us! This letter should provide you with information regarding routines and expectations for Year 3/4. Our topic for this half term is ‘Viking Raiders’ which involves work in all of the ‘core’ and ‘foundation’ subjects outlined in the new ‘National Curriculum Document’. A topic map showing the work that we hope to cover during this half term can be found in the pack.
Y3-4 Summer 1 – Topic Map – Viking Raiders
Children are encouraged to read at home every night. Oxford Reading Scheme books will be checked/changed on a Monday and Friday. Records must therefore be completed and returned to school on both of these days please (even if books are incomplete). For those children who have completed the reading scheme, they are able to choose their own reading books but will no longer use the free reading record scheme. Reading Scrapbooks are to run alongside homework and are to be handed in together as a progressive recording tool to show their love and understanding of reading.
Your child will receive homework each week to support their classroom learning. Homework books will be given out each Tuesday and collected the following Monday. Weekly homework will also include reading, times tables and practise with spellings which will be tested on a regular basis (spellings Monday). Children are required to make a note of their weekly reading on their homework cover sheet and work on their Reading Scrapbook (handing this in on a Monday) as evidence of their reading. In the front of the reading scrap book, you will find a list of questions that you can ask your child about their reading to support their learning. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s homework please feel free to contact us. In order to do homework effectively children will need pencils, a ruler, a rubber and colouring pencils. Your support with homework will be a great help.
Kit consists of the school t-shirt, navy or black shorts and trainers or P.E shoes. Football shirts are not appropriate. As some of the work will be outdoors, children will also require a jumper and jogging bottoms as the weather becomes colder. We do not have spare kit in school so it is essential that children come to school equipped for every P.E lesson. Other P.E events may occur during the week so bringing kit in each Monday and taking it home for washing on Fridays works well and ensures children have the necessary clothing. If children cannot do P.E for a particular reason, letters must be sent in please.
As we are a ‘Healthy School’, children are encouraged to bring a full named water bottle to school each day with them so that they can have a drink when needed. This can be taken home each evening to be refilled and returned the following day. Children are also welcome to bring a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat at break time – no nuts please, this is very important due to allergies amongst children and staff. We also have a healthy tuck shop which sells healthy snacks for 50p on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday break times.
Year 3 are learning how to play brass instruments and Year 4 are learning how to play woodwind instruments. The instrument is given to your children for the year and will need to be returned at the end of the school year. Your child needs to make sure they take care of the instrument and ensures they have their instrument in school for their lesson.
Jewellery should be avoided but small studs are acceptable if necessary, although they must be taken out by the child for P.E. If earrings cannot be taken out, children should bring plasters to school to place over earrings during P.E.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to the year ahead!
On Thursday 29th November 2017 Year 3/4 visited Beamish as part of their Victorian topic. It was a very cold and snowy day but this did not dampen the children’s spirit. The children took part in a Victorian lesson and some even got to have a ride on the tram. The children enjoyed looking around the village, Victorian houses and town. Here are some pictures of our fun day!
Thank you for your continued support!
Year 3/4 Team