Welcome to Class LD.
Class LD is a mixed Year 3/4 class taught by Miss Darling and supported by Ms Bilton. Welcome back to our Year 4s and a very warm welcome to the new Year 3 children joining us this year. I hope you have all had a restful summer holiday and have kept safe and well during these unprecedented times. On our class page you can find out more about what we are doing in class and keep up to date with any exciting news and/or updates we want to share with you.
Our Autumn Term topic is …‘A Child Like Me.’
Our topic is all about our children and what makes them special. We will explore the local area looking at who keeps us safe and people who help us. Later on in the year, children will also explore children’s lives around the world and examine the similarities and differences between their lives and the lives of others. It is important that children recognize their strengths and reflect on what makes them so special. If you could discuss this with your children at home, this would really benefit your child’s learning.
In regards to the current circumstances due to COVID-19, things are a little bit different this year. We have staggered arrival and departure times throughout school and parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their children from the school playground. This gives us all a wonderful opportunity to build up relationships between school and home- from a safe distance of course!
All of Year 3/4 are a ‘bubble’ and safely enjoy playtimes and lunchtimes together, following the current guidance. We are washing hands multiple times daily, have hand sanitizers around school and all children have been provided with their own ‘pack’ which contains everything they will need when in school- pencil, rubber etc. We are asking that children do not bring anything in from home except their school bag, their PE kit and a lunch box, if they are on pack ups.
For this first half term in Maths, we will be focusing on place value. Place value an incredibly important mathematical concept as being able to understand how to partition three and four digit numbers, underpins many other mathematical concepts too. We will be using a range of equipment including place value counters to assist children with this. Then, we will move on to the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children will learn a range of both mental and formal written methods to solve calculations. Encouraging your child to practice their number bonds as well as their times tables regularly is one way you can really help support your child’s learning. Each child has been given their own TT Rockstars password and log-in and this is a really fun and exciting way to engage children in their times tables practice. We will also practice in class.
In English this term we will be looking at different word types and how to make our writing, whatever style, exciting and full of description. Children will be exposed to a range of genres and also completing reading tasks. Another way to support your child at home, is to listen to them read regularly as this will improve their fluency as well as their vocabulary. Our class text this year is ‘Mr Meddle’ by Enid Blyton. We have really been enjoying the story so far!
Each week, your child will receive spellings, in line with the national curriculum, that they must learn and practice. The children will be tested on the spellings for the week on a Friday. Another wonderful app to engage and encourage your children to learn their spellings is Spelling Shed. Again, children have their individual log-ins and passwords so they can access this at home.
We will also be looking at ‘Animals Including Humans’ in Science where we will learn all about our bodies, skeletons and nutrition. Both in our own bodies and comparing to different animals. In RE we will be looking at what it means to belong to a community (religious and non-religious). We will explore how belonging to a faith impacts a believer’s everyday life and compare different religious ceremonies including weddings. Children will also take part in PSHE lessons where they will explore emotions and feelings and delve deeper into a range of relationships- including friendships. They will discuss what it means to be a good friend and how we can manage and recognise a range of emotions, in ourselves and in others. Children will also have a weekly Activities/DT lesson where we will develop a range of skills including pattern making, sketching and painting.
Our class is incredibly lucky in that Mrs Herrera, a fluent French speaker, teaches French once a week. Children will learn simple phrases and sentences so please encourage them to share what they have learnt with you at home.
Quick reminder, our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. We are asking parents/carers to please send PE kits in with the children on Monday and for them to remain in school all week until Friday.
Here’s to an exciting year in Class LD.