Welcome to Miss Westcott's Class
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fantastic summer. This term promises to be a fun packed and busy time.
We are all looking forward to getting to know each other and continuing with our learning, working on this term's theme of 'Happiness'.
Our learning focus this term is History based and we will be learning all about the struggle for power between the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.
History Knowledge Organiser
This term, we will be looking at place value and addition and subtraction, using a variety of written methods. Additionally, we will be focusing on the learning of times tables up to twelve, in preparation for the statutory multiplication table test at the end of year 4.
As a school we use TTRS and we will be celebrating the children’s success in class. Please practise at home as this is the key to knowing these facts inside and out. It is truly amazing how much easier the children find maths when these key facts are learnt.
In writing, we will be exploring and creating cinquain poems themed around storms. We will focus on vocabulary development and figurative language. Following this, we will use the knowledge we have gained about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, to write exciting explanation texts about life during these times. While we will be learning new grammar and writing techniques, it is vitally important that we continue to focus on handwriting and presentation. Hopefully, many of your children will earn their pen license by the end of the year!
At Salisbury Road, we have adopted a new approach to the teaching of reading. We will be looking at one text over a course of a week, focusing on a variety of reading skills, such as vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising.
In addition, we will continue to use the AR reading scheme, which you will be able to track from home if you sign up for AR Home Connect. While we would love all children to read daily - what is most important is that children develop a love of reading and choose to read for pleasure. Children will have the opportunity to read in school everyday and will be expected to read at home at least three times a week, and aim to quiz at least once a week.
We appreciate your ongoing support with reading at home, it really does have a huge impact on your child's progress.
Homework will be set each week on a Tuesday (to be handed in on the following Monday) and will mostly consist of an English or Maths activity lasting no longer than about 20 minutes, in addition to reading, spelling practice and numberwork on most days. Once or twice a term, we will also embrace opportunities to set more creative homework tasks – so get your glue and paint at the ready!
Each Friday, your child will receive up to 10 spellings, which they will be tested on the following Friday. These words will be linked to the year 4 spelling patterns as well as the year 3 and 4 National Curriculum required words list.
Please help and encourage your child to learn their spellings.
We will be using the Real PE scheme to work on the three fundamental skills, agility, balance and coordination and their application in a range of sports. We are also fortunate to have the expertise of Mr Morgan who specialises in the delivery of physical education to children.
We will have PE twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day.